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Help us perfect our new Journal Finder (beta)

Finding the right journal for your paper can be a challenge, and submitting to the wrong journal can mean long delays until publication and a lot of wasted time and efforts - Discover our new tool to help you identify the best journal for your paper and speed up the publication process

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Getting a research paper published can be a challenge. It's even more challenging when considering the risk of rejection that comes from submitting a paper to a journal that's not the right fit.

The Journal Finder tool:

  • Helps inexperienced authors to select the correct journals for their papers
  • Helps authors working in multidisciplinary fields identify possible journals
  • Highlights journals that offer open-access options

For inexperienced authors, this is a particular pain point, leading to rejections, adding months to publication and slowing career progress. Nearly a third of visitors to Elsevier's Authors' Home are trying to decide which journal they should submit their paper to.
 
Meanwhile, editors must sift through many out-of-scope papers when authors choose journals that are a poor match.

Elsevier strives to support authors by getting them published in the best possible journal as fast as possible.

That's where the new Journal Finder tool comes in. A beta version is online on Elsevier's Authors Home, please help us to perfect the tool by sharing your feedback.

How to publish in an Elsevier journal

Every year, we accept and publish more than 350,000 journal articles. Publishing in an Elsevier journal starts with finding the right journal for your paper.

If you click on the "Start matching" button on the Authors' Home, you will be presented with the search screen above, where you can enter your paper title and abstract. Then you are required to select the subject areas relevant to their paper. You can filter the results to those journals that have open-access options.

The tool then generates a list of Elsevier journals that match the topic of their abstract. You can then order the results based on their priorities, such as highest Impact Factor or shortest editorial time.

The Journal Finder tool uses Scopus and the Elsevier Fingerprinting Engine to locate Elsevier journals that most closely match an author's list of keywords and/or abstracts. An Elsevier journal will be recommended if it has published articles which have a high similarity with the new article. A list of potential journals will be created and the tool will allow filtering on your preferred criteria, such as open-access options, Impact Factor, review time, acceptance rate and production time.

The final selected journal links directly to the journal's homepage and the Elsevier Editorial System (EES) page. The tool makes suggestions from the 2,500+ journals published by Elsevier.

After being one of the first to test the tool, Dr. Adrie J.J. Bos, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Radiation Measurements, wrote: "The results matched precisely with my own judgement."

How the idea came about

At Elsevier, we receive feedback from over 60,000 authors each year. By listening to our authors, we are able to make continual improvements to our services, and design products from the vantage point of the people who will use them.In 2012, we launched the Author Mobile Apps competition, which asked early-career researchers to submit their ideas for journal-based mobile applications. The competition received an overwhelming response, with 3,775 ideas submitted.

By a happy coincidence, the winning idea – a "Scope-finder" that would find the best fitting journal for a paper – had already been identified as a priority for Elsevier and was incorporated into the development of the Journal Finder tool.

Dr. Willemsen

Hearing of this need directly from the customer confirmed that we were on the right track and should build such a tool as soon as possible.

The competition winner, Dr. Peter "TJ" Willemsen a research scientists in molecular biology for the Central Veterinary Institute of Wageningen University & Research Centre in the Netherlands, has tested and endorsed the new tool, saying:

Elsevier's Journal Finder tool is helpful for authors in doubt of which journal fits their data. This can occur when it involves an intermediate field of research subjects or when authors are in the early stages of their research career, trying to locate the right journal to publish their manuscript.

Sandra Yee, Dean of the University Library System, Wayne State University in Michigan, said the Journal Finder tool will help faculty members and librarians by providing "substantive data and more specific information."

Tell us what you think

Your feedback can help us ensure that the tool continues to develop to meet the needs of authors and editors. Please take a few moments to try it out on the Authors' Home section of Elsevier.com; then email your thoughts to support@elsevier.com with the following subject line: Elsevier Journal Finder (beta) – User Feedback.

For more information about the Journal Finder project, visit Elsevier's Elsevier's Authors Home or contact Project Coordinator Elizabeth Ash (e.ash@elsevier.com).


Article authors

Lyndsay Scholefield
Elizabeth Ash

Lyndsay Scholefield is Senior Marketing Communications Manager at Elsevier, based in Oxford. As Project Coordinator for STM Journals at Elsevier,  Elizabeth Ash  heads the Journal Finder project. She is based in Amsterdam.

This article was originally published on Elsevier Connect

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