Shortlisting process and tools

The first step in the process is to identify 3-5 target journals in the subject area of your paper. Make a start on the shortlist as soon as you have an idea for a paper - don't wait until your manuscript is completed.  

You can find suggestions for potential journal titles from: 

On this page you will find information about tools for identifying target journals.

Journal selectors

Journal selectors are services that find journals that match your keywords, unpublished abstract and/or other criteria. Some tools include information about the journal's reputation, publishing efficiency and citation metrics. 

Citation and publisher databases

Citation and publisher databases are useful for identifying potential publication venues as they index thousands of journals across a wide range of disciplines. Web of Science also provides a list of journals within subject categories.

To find journals: 

  • Make a list of keywords that accurately describe your manuscript 
  • Use your keywords to search:
    • Web of Science - use the topic search index
    • Scopus - use the article title, abstract and keywords search index
    • Ulrichsweb - use the advanced search option

Lists of journals in selected disciplines