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Video 2 - Publishing Outlets

Variety of Outlets

Identify an outlet that is suitable given your topic, approach, and level of rigor. Also look at rankings and acceptance rates. You many only submit your manuscript to one outlet at a time.

  • Journals
  • Tiers
  • International, National, Regional, and State
  • General and Specific
  • Feature/Research in Brief/Book Reviews
  • Magazines
  • Blogs
  • Book Chapters
  • Calls for Submission

Submitting a Manuscript

Pay particular attention to the aim and scope, mission, type of manuscripts, and, most importantly, read past issues. Ask yourself:

  • Are there published manuscripts that reflect a similar scope?
  • What are the typical sections (the outlines) of published manuscripts? Do I have those elements in my manuscript?
  • What type and how rigorous is the methodology? Do they publish work with small sample sizes, for example? 

Publication Resources

Possible Sources to Identify Outlets and Their Descriptions

  • Journal Citation Reports: http://mutex.gmu.edu/login?URL=http://jcr.incites.thomsonreuters.com
    • Compiles articles' cited references, to help measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and show the relationship between citing and cited journals. Evaluates leading journals worldwide, in the sciences and social sciences. Part of the InCites platform available through Web of Science.
  • Cabell's Directories of Publishing Opportunities in Education: http://mutex.gmu.edu/login?URL=http://www.cabells.com/memberarea.aspx
    • Online edition includes 3 parts: Educational Curriculum & Methods; Educational Psychology & Administration, Educational Technology & Library Science. It provides current information to prospective authors for over 1000 journals, including scope/coverage, acceptance/rejection rates, number of reviewers, time required for review, availability of reviewers' comments, fees charged to review or publish the manuscript, copies required, manuscript topics and contact information.
  • SCImago Journal rank:  http://www.scimagojr.com/journalsearch.php
    • The SCImago Journal & Country Rank is a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database (Elsevier B.V.). These indicators can be used to assess and analyze scientific domains.
  • Ulrich’s Database 
    • Ulrichsweb is an easy to search source of detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals (also called serials) of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more.
  • Library resources, such as the infoguides: http://infoguides.gmu.edu/

Submitting a Manuscript Examples

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