Targeting One or More Potential Journals
Perhaps the single most important decision to be made by an author, in terms of getting a research article successfully published, is selecting the appropriate peer-reviewed professional journal to send it to. Submission to an inappropriate journal will likely doom it to eventual rejection. This chapter discusses the pros and cons of submitting one's research articles to a disciplinary social work journal, to a non-social work disciplinary (e.g., psychology, economics, sociology) journal, or to an interdisciplinary (e.g., family therapy, child welfare, gerontology) journal. Also discussed are factors such as selecting highly reputable (and correspondingly difficult to get into) versus newer or less well-known journals (often easier to get into), a journal's publication lag time, whether the journal is picked up by major abstracting services, and the increasingly important impact factor of a given journal. The pros and cons of publishing in journals availably solely via the internet are also presented.
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