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Course Guide for ENGR 361/RSCH 361: Finding Key Journals

Finding key journals in your field

There are many ways to find key quality journals in your field - here are some ways to get you started:

  • Conduct a search on your research topic in an appropriate  subject database.  Review your results and examine the journals where articles are published. Most databases allow you to "filter" your results by "source title." Consult the Find Articles section of this guide to find appropriate databases.

  • Use a Directory such as UlrichsWeb  - a directory of periodicals (another word for journals)  with detailed information about more than 300,000 academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, etc. 

  • You can also consult the website of your professional association for a list of journals they publish/sponsor Examples: American Chemical Society and American Society of Mechanical Engineers  are two good examples

  • Journal Citation Reports - Search by Category (e.g. Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology). JCR allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from approximately 12,000 scholarly and technical journals across all disciplines.

  • Curated lists by experts. Example:  Using the engineering literature 

FINALLY, you have to check the journal website to find information on how to submit articles  to that journal - usually under  "information for authors."  Also check "Scope" or "Background" to find out what types of articles they will accept.                                                                                                                                                  

Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics                                                                                                                                        

Human Factors Journal                                                                                                                                      

Journal of Nanotechnology