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Faculty Publishing Resources

Getting Started

Who’s talking about your topic? Library databases have a feature to easily generate a list of journals that publish articles on a given topic.

This page provides strategies to help you compile a list of possible journals in which to publish.

  • Searching database for articles specific to your discipline
  • Cabell’s (a specialized resource for locating social science journal publication information)
  • MLA Directory of Periodicals (a good resource for literature journal publication information)

Why aren't we recommending Google Scholar?

Google Scholar should be used with caution for identifying journals for publication. Many low-quality and illegitimate (also called predatory publishers) journals appear in Google Scholar.

Google Scholar is a good resource to see how often your work has been cited, but be careful when using Google Scholar to select journals.

Library Article Databases

Many of the article databases contain a feature for identifying journals that publish on a given topic.

Cabell's Directories

Here is how Cabell's can help in selecting journals:

  • Generate a list of journals in your discipline based on criteria such as topic, acceptance rate, etc.
  • Determine the prestige of these journals base on citations

Cabell's will only help you locate journals. It is NOT a resource for individual articles.

Cabell's lists journals in the following subject areas:

  • Accounting
  • Economics & Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Computer Science - Business Information Systems
  • Educational Curriculum & Methods
  • Educational Psychology & Administration
  • Educational Technology & Library Science
  • Psychology & Psychiatry

Cabell's records contain information such as the acceptance rates, Impact Factors, and the amount of time it takes editors to review submissions.

MLA Directory of Periodicals

MLA Directory of Periodicals is a good resource for locating periodicals on literature topics.

Here is how the MLA Directory of Periodicals can help in selecting journals:

  • Generate a list of journals based on subject matter
  • Limit your results to peer reviewed journals
  • Locate journals that are actively indexed
  • Find journals with a blind submission policy

MLA Directory of Periodicals will only help you locate journals. It is NOT a resource for individual articles.