How to Select a Journal to Submit and Publish Your Biomedical Paper?
BioImpacts, 2012, 2(1), 61-68 doi: 10.5681/bi.2012.008
Introduction: selection of journal for publication purpose is one of concerns of biomedical researchers. They apply various criteria to choose appropriate journal. Here, we have tried to collect main criteria biomedical researchers use to select a journal to submit their work. Methods: we collected these criteria through focus group conversations with researchers during our careers, feedbacks from participants of our scientific writing workshops and non-systematic reviewing of some related literature. Results: we have presented a summative and informative guidance in selection of biomedical journals for biomedical paper submission and publication. Conclusion: Categorized criteria as a mnemonic tool for authors may help the authors in journal selection process.
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Journals are the main formal information channels for scientific communications (Russell 2001, Lancaster and Smith 1978). One of the major goals of these scientific channels is to disseminate qualified scientific information. So, most journals have a peer-review filter to screen and improve qualified papers (Armstrong 1997) or to get them be matched with the aims and scope of journals (Jefferson et al 2002).
The process of finding a suitable journal to publish research findings is a proficiency in which not all the researchers are skilled. It occurs sometimes that a research activity is undermined because of lack of information in finding the appropriate journal or a work is rejected because of this matter. Therefore, it seems necessary to acquaint the researchers with some primitive criteria in finding and selecting the suitable journal for publicizing their research results. This information can facilitate the process of publication and prevent undermining or overestimating a research.
Scientific communities consist of various information producers and consumers who select journals considering different purposes. Researchers as authors, reviewers, editors, scientific communities, publishers, librarians, readers, policy makers, commercial and industrial companies, practitioners, indexing and abstracting services and even journals, on the one hand, may be the main journal selectors each of which has their own purposes and journal selection criteria. On the other hand, journals have their own manuscript selection criteria which may be in conflict with aforementioned selectors.
Scholars’ reasons for publication
Our audiences here are authors and researchers who are sometimes called scholars. Scholars who publish the results of their researches in journals follow similar publication aims.
Progress in human knowledge, improvement of patient care and scientific communication in the field might be the idealistic objectives of researchers (Thompson 2007); however, they may publish for other different purposes (Zain et al 2011, Isfandyari-Moghaddam et al 2012). We listed some researchers’ motivations for publication through personal communication during our careers: