How Can I Get My Work Published?

Publishing the results of scientific research is a crucial step in the research lifecycle. Find resources targeted to UCSF researchers to help you get your work published.

Make a List Research Journals Rank, Submit, Revise

To start the process of deciding where to submit your manuscript for publication, make a list of potential journals, based on:

  1. Literature searches on your topic in PubMed, Web of Science, or other appropriate databases for your field (see all UCSF databases). Make a note of journals that have published results similar in scope and impact to your study. These may be a good match for your manuscript.
  2. Journal rankings by category or subject can be retrieved using Journal Citation Reports (UCSF subscription) and Scopus Sources (free). Both sources include only journals indexed in Web of Science and Scopus, respectively.
  3. Selection tools such as Jane, SJ Finder, and EndNote's Manuscript Matcher (requires a UCSF subscription) help you find journal matches based on an article title and abstract. EndNote Manuscript Matcher is accessed via UCSF’s Web of Science subscription or via an individual EndNote account. It matches your article title and abstract, along with any EndNote reference groups, to journals indexed in Web of Science Core Collection and Journal Citation Reports.
  4. Recommendations from your mentors and peers.
  5. Consider also broad-scope journals that meet your criteria for the factors below. Broad-scope journals (also called mega-journals) such as PLOS ONE, PeerJ, SAGE Open, and Scientific Reports publish all articles that pass peer review for being scientifically sound.
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