As a researcher, sharing your work is essential to furthering the discussion, development and potentially even funding of your findings. The sheer quantity of guides available on “how to write” and “how to target X journal” perhaps signifying the impact of targeting the right place and the best audience for your research.
Before reaching the stage of submitting in the hope of publication, many publishers expect researchers to have already made some key considerations:
- Is your research original, engaging, innovative?
- Who do you expect to be the audience for your research?
- Which journal(s) do you think might be interested in accepting your article for publication and does your article fit with their aims, scope and style?
- What are your open access needs?
- Is your manuscript suitably and well written (free from grammatical error, solid narrative, clear abstract and conclusions) in accordance with the journal’s style guide?
Your researching peers and foremost, your supervisor, are the best place to start for advice on where to publish and whether your manuscript is ready. Then, once you think you have found the right journal for your article, you should read their Author’s Guide and make sure you can freely submit to them as some journals are invitation-only.