Key factors when selecting a journal: poll results
May 27, 2013 1 Comment
Choosing the right journal where to send our paper is critical to avoid delays and have our paper publish where we want to, for example: in an indexed one, open access, without fees to authors and from the USA.
I anticipated two kinds of reasons (objective and subjective ones), believing that it was going to have a balance response, but the objective factors had more weight in the poll. I found intriguing two of the responses:
1.- The most popular reason is “Research published on your field is there”, even slightly above “Impact Factor”.
2.- “Fee to authors” is the less valued factor when deciding where to publish.
Soft is hard and hard is soft also for publishing in journals
My opinion about the results is that academics still place great importance into the objective (or hard) criteria: It is what most of the academics make when publishing, accessible to all, becoming this way the easy (or soft) part of the process, though not the successful one.
Instead, what is a priori the soft part, it is really the difficult (or hard) one, which is to learn from the experience with journals and using this information for future publications, networking with editors, adapting to their style and preferences, getting to know the underside of the journals, as its editorial board, its owner, quality criteria, etc… Do you use your soft skills to publish in journals?
* The poll was posted in April 2013 in many academic discussion groups. Around 1000 answers were collected.