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Pharmacology: Writing for Publication

Guide to Oxford University library resources, facilities and services for students and staff in Pharmacology.
Subjects: Pharmacology

Suggested Reading on Writing and Publishing

The following titles have been approved by the Deputy Course Director of the Oxford Department of Experimental Psychology. All titles are available on the open shelves on Level 2 of the Radcliffe Science Library.

Choosing a Journal for Publication

How do you find which journals publish in your research area? Which ones are highly cited? Are they open access? Do they comply with your funder's requirements? Is it a legitimate journal?

Here are some tools and strategies to help you find journals to publish in.

Scopus and Web of Science are powerful citation databases that have options to sort results by "source title" and "cited by" . You can run a search using keywords describing the content of your research paper, and refine the results to find out the most cited journal titles among the list of results, and journals that publish papers that are heavily cited. Please remember that citations of older papers will obviously tend to be higher than those of recent papers. For more information on research impact, consult the Libguide on bibliometrics.

Elsevier Journal Finder is a free tool you can use to find an appropriate journal for your paper. Enter the title and abstract, and the tool returns a list of titles indexed in Web of Science by Elsevier. You can specify your research field and limit results to open access journals before running your search. Results include journal impact factor, acceptance rate, time it takes for the paper to get published, and information relating to open access publishing (embargo period, article fee, user licence).

Scientific Journal Finder is another free tool to help you find a journal to publish in, focused on biomedical and life sciences using indexes from PubMed and Medline. Type in your paper title with or without the abstract. Results are currently limited to impact factor, number of issues published by year, and if the journal is open access.

SHERPA/FACT helps you find out if the journal you are considering complies with your funder's requirements.

Beall's list helps you identify genuine open access journals from those published by predatory publishers.  They are described as “open access journals with questionable marketing and peer-review practices". See citation in https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/study-finds-eightfold-rise-predatory-journal-papers.

Journal ranking tools such as Journal Citation Reports and Scimago help you evaluate the citedness of a journal and compare among other journals in the same field.

 

 

Getting Published

Are you looking for resources on how to publish your dissertation or thesis, or the results of your findings? Here are a couple of references to start with: