Counseling for journal selection

A majority of studies are rejected by journals due to incorrect choice of subject matter. If the journal in question thinks a submission does not concern its target readership or subject area, this can waste considerable time for the author and editor alike. For this reason, selecting the correct journal is highly important if you hope to get your submission published within a reasonable time frame.

Time is extremely valuable to academic faculty members and doctoral students alike. The publication process for your study can take months, and sometimes even years to complete. This process can be even longer if problems relating to language, content, formatting or incorrect journal choice are encountered. As part of the publication support offered by Kalite Editing Services, you are able to receive counseling from our specialists who will help guide you throughout all the stages of the publication process.

Our specialists create a list of the five most suitable journals for your particular study, detailing the pros and cons of submitting your manuscript to each. This helps authors avoid the possibility of sending your study to an unsuitable journal and thereby risking its rejection. If you are unsure as to which journals are most suitable for your manuscript, our Journal Selection Counseling Service is the right choice.

Kalite Editing Services undertakes a search of several large journal and citation databases, including Web of Science, Scopus and PubMed indices, as well as thousands of international journals in all other indices.

All you need to do is to send us your criteria and we will present you with the most suitable five journals according to the content of your manuscript and your preferences as an author. Our specialists also compile the list according to the following factors:

  • The area covered by the study
  • Type of the targeted journal (e.g., scope, focus)
  • Urgency of publication
  • Accessibility (e.g., open access, print-only)
  • Type of article
  • The importance of the article for the relevant academic area
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Counseling for journal selection

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Your questions about journal selection service

The rejection rates of most peer-reviewed journals range between 30% and 90%. The journals with especially high standards often have a rejection rate around 90%. The journals open-access articles tend to have lower rejection rates.
Open access journals are those journals that provide a free and permanent online access to research articles they publish. The purpose of these journals is to “convey research findings in a quick and effective manner” to the entire science community (BioMedCentral, About BMC Section, July 2011).
Even though readers have a free access to the materials published in open access journals, authors usually are required to pay a publication fee so that such journals can afford their publication expenses.
‘Impact factor’ refers to the number of times that a journal’s articles are referenced by other studies within a particular period. For instance, an impact factor of three means that each study in a journal was referenced an average of three times within a certain period. Articles that have been referenced many times indicate that they are a particularly new, interesting, or important research.
‘Impact factor’ is calculated according to several determinants. Kalite Editing Services usually follows the rules published by Journal Citation Reports (JCR) by Thomson Reuters. Most journals have a JCR impact factor of 1–4. Studies published in newer journals tend to have lower impact factors.
Journals with high impact factors tend to be more selective. Therefore, these journals have high rates of rejection, though this is not always the case.
Some journals with low impact factors occasionally have lower rejection rates. For instance, new journals aiming to excel in their field may have a relatively selective attitude despite having low impact factors. Conversely, some journals with high impact factors may be less selective. An example for this is the PLOS One journal, which has an impact factor greater than four but a low rejection rate of 30%. The reason for this is that the journal aims to publish a large number of studies.
No, journal reviewers do not accept or reject studies. At this point, the decision is made by the editor of the journal. However, reviewers may have a big influence on the decision even though they do not make it. The reviewers are the ones that evaluate your study and make suggestions for its being accepted or rejected. The editor of the journal takes these suggestions into consideration in decision-making stage.
Journals want to ensure the qualified specialists who are to conduct a comprehensive analysis or a submission are fully informed about the relevant academic study. Authors are likely to know of qualified specialists in their own study area and so they are often asked to provide names to potential reviewers. Most journals give authors the opportunity to eliminate reviewers due to possible conflicts of interest. For instance, an author might be given the chance to eliminate a reviewer if they believe that the reviewer in question will not undertake a fair evaluation of their manuscript.
You can recommend researchers working in the same field so long as they work in a different university. Authors may also recommend faculty members who they have met in conferences, conventions, symposiums or any other academic platform.
We discourage authors from recommending their colleagues, subordinates, and seniors studying in the same area as you, as well as faculty members to whom you are related, since this type of a recommendation will lead to a conflict of interest.
Every journal has its own pricing policy and operate according to different income models. For instance, most membership-based journals ask authors for a fee to print colored figures and drawings, while they do not ask for any fees at the publication stage of a study. On the other hand, several journals with open-access ask for fees from authors when publishing studies and use these fees to maintain their activities.
The best journal for a manuscript is one that reaches its target group, and that matches both the content and quality of the article. Researchers who choose the correct journal at the beginning are able to publish their studies faster, avoid the demoralizing possibility of rejection and a subsequent revision period that can last for months.
We have created journal-specific pages that are addressed to journals of all subjects and disciplines.
Our Journal Recommendation report has been developed to provide useful information about those journals that are most suitable for your article, based on its contents and subject. The Kalite Editing Services is not responsible for determining whether a journal submission is accepted, only the editorial staff of the journal in question can make that decision. Our Journal Recommendation Service is independent from journals, and no direct contact is made between Kalite Editing Services and the journal’s editors about your article in framework of this service. Nevertheless, we can and try to support you as much as possible during the publication process, despite being unable to confirm that your article will be accepted for publication.