Where do journals go to find articles and authors?
October 21, 2013 Leave a comment
Lately there are many places in internet proliferating with calls for papers in different social networks and web pages. That makes sense, since it is a method traditionally used in academia for collecting research journal articles and conference presentations.
A call for paper is usually distributed using a mailing list or on specialized online services, trying journals to target as much professors and researchers as possible:
- Direct mailing with their own databases, either of published authors or authors who have submitted rejected articles, which should be a lot in some academic journals, though not necessarily happy.
- Use data from their subscribers and readers. Many of them are usually professors or researchers.
- Another source is directly the Universities and Faculties, through the secretaries or heads of departments, but it takes time to find and update the data.
- It is also common now to communicate the call for papers on social networks such as Linkedin or on specialized websites, as WikiCFP.
At the end it turns out to be like going hunting journals, there are thousands of call for papers that come to your e-mail and many web pages where to go, and eventually as always you have to analyze each journal: its indexation and field of knowledge. That is, the difficult part is that your current scientific paper or research has to match with the need of a specific journal.
Apart from the call for papers, other tool journals have to find content and authors is writing in their editorials or webpages their interests or content sought for the future. An author may read it and try to meet this need writing something for the journal. I tried but it is not easy to design or research something on a determined topic in the short term.
The ultimate method is Gaudeamus, an online community of scholars (professor, researchers and journal editors) with the common goal of getting research published in journals; giving authors the opportunity to communicate directly with editors seeking quality content for their journals. Because, at the end, publishing papers is not only about searching databases and call for papers, it is also about networking with journal editors.
Authors, what do you do when looking for journals to publish your articles?
Journal Editors, where are you going to look for authors and quality papers?