It is not simple to select a journal in which your medical paper can be published. However, it is about considering a few important factors that make your selection smoother and relevant. Here are some of the considerations that help you determine the right journal for paper publishing purposes.
Impact factor and ranking
The impact factor of a journal refers to its articles’ frequency of being cited in other publications within a specified time period. Thus, a high value on this factor means higher quality of a journal. You should consider such journals that have high impact factor and ranking.
Consider details about a journal, such as its circulation count, language, publication frequency, years in publication, articles published annually, etc. These factors will help you in choosing the right journal for your medical paper publication.
Purpose and scope
The purpose and scope of a journal can help you assess its target audience and reach. It also helps you know about the types of research studies a journal publishes. Avoid a journal that has limited audience and space for selective research.
This shows how competitive a journal is. While a highly competitive journal may have a higher rejection rate, a specialized journal has a low rejection rate. Thus, make your choice according to your priorities and publishing needs.
Time taken and fee for publication
Although these factors should be lower on priority, it is still important to consider whether a journal would be able to publish your paper faster and at cost-effective rates.