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The new, improved version of Journal Finder is now live

Submitting to a journal that isn't the right fit can add months to the publication time - Find out how Journal Finder can help to solve that problem

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When we announced the launch of the beta version of Journal Finder in Authors' Update last year, we asked for your feedback to help us improve the tool.

Jump forward a year and we are pleased to announce that an enhanced version of Journal Finder is now live. The new developments are based on your comments and systematic tests to assess the matching accuracy of the tool.

Submitting to a journal that isn't the right fit can add months to the publication time. Journal Finder can help to solve that problem by enabling you to identify the best journal match for your research paper. It is also simple and quick to use.

The Journal Finder tool can be accessed from Authors' home on

What has changed?

Our Research Management Platform and Content Team developed new Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology to analyze the text you enter into Journal Finder.  By using noun phrases, mitigating results to avoid bias due to journal size and the application of the Best Matching Algorithm (BM25), the Journal Finder tool is now able to offer improved accuracy in matching titles and abstracts to potential journals.

How does Journal Finder work?

All you have to do is enter your paper's title and abstract in the Journal Finder search fields. As an optional feature, to refine your search, you can also select up to three research fields that are relevant to your paper.  Press "Find Journal" and the Elsevier Fingerprint Engine™, the software behind Journal Finder, applies NLP and different research-specific keyword vocabularies to analyze the text you have entered and transform it into a unique fingerprint – a distinct visual index of keywords and a weighted list of structured terms. 

Journal Finder then compares the fingerprint of your title and abstract with the fingerprints of all articles in Scopus linking you to the 200 most relevant articles across Elsevier journals. As a final step, Journal Finder recommends up to 10 of the most relevant journals for you to consider. That list can be ordered according to your priorities, such as by highest Impact Factor or shortest editorial time.  If you wish your paper to be freely accessible to others, you can also filter the results to show only journals with open access options.

What's in the pipeline?

We are aware of the potential for Journal Finder to offer greater support to authors and haven't yet completed our development of this tool. Later this year, we plan to expand our open access offerings so you can not only identify the Elsevier journals that offer open access, but also additional information on the prices and licenses at a journal level.

We are keen to receive your feedback. If you have any thoughts on the tool please email us at, adding the following subject line to your message:  Elsevier Journal Finder - User Feedback.

What you say

Journal Finder receives more than 300,000 visits a year and feedback from authors includes:

"We used journal finder for our last paper and we have excellent suggestions, we send the paper to the first option provided and the paper was accepted."

"I love the idea of this engine. The interface is pretty simple and offers good information. I have a couple papers that need a home, and this has helped a little. If I could limit journals within "Social Science" to a narrower band that would really help."

Author biographies


 Catriona Fennell
Following graduation from University College Galway, Ireland, Catriona Fennell joined Elsevier as a Journal Manager in 1999. She later had the opportunity to support and train hundreds of editors during the introduction of the Elsevier Editorial System (EES). Since then, she has worked in various management roles in STM Journals' Publishing and as Director Publishing Services she is now responsible for its author-centricity and publishing ethics programs.
 Ursula Culligan
Ursula Culligan joined Elsevier in 2003 and has over 12 years' experience in STM Journals' Publishing working in both communications and publishing roles. Ursula is based in Amsterdam and as Customer Communications Manager is responsible for Editorial Communications.
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