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Scholarly Communication: Publishing in Journals

Guide to understanding author rights and publishing, including publishing through Fordham

Selecting a Journal

When you are deciding which journals to approach, consider the following:

  • Subject or discipline: Does this journal cover the same subject(s) or discipline(s) as your scholarship?
  • Article types: Does this journal publish the types of articles that you hope to publish?
  • Reputation: Does this journal have an established, positive reputation within your field?
  • Audience: Who is the intended audience of this journal?
  • Timeframe: What is the anticipated publishing timeframe for this journal?

Evaluating Journals with Scopus

Curious about the rank and impact of a journal? Fordham does not subscribe to Cabell's Metrics or Journal Citation Reports from Clarivate Analytics, however we do have access to Scopus, which provides CiteScore Metrics to help you to analyze the impact of journals. This is how it works:

In order to obtain the CiteScore of a journal in Scopus, open up the database in a browser. Once inside the database, look to the top of the page for the menu bar on the middle right side of the page:

Select the option for Sources. From there, enter the name of the journal you are considering in the search box under where it says, "Search for a source." Here is an example looking for the rank of JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association:


Writing & Organization Tips

  For additional options, search the library catalog under the following Library of Congress Subject Headings:

  • "Scholarly publishing"
  • "Scholarly periodicals"
  • "Technical writing"

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