Use Journal search to assess journal quality

UQ researchers, discover Journal search and streamline the process of assessing and selecting high-quality journals for publishing your research findings. 

Search and compare the curated list of journals, make evidence-based choices with metrics from a range of sources and create a list of favourites for future publications.  

Journal search 

Access Journal search (UQ login required) in UQ eSpace.

Find relevant and reputable publishers in your discipline 

Journal search helps you find relevant journals by suggesting journal titles, keywords, subjects and fields of research based on your search terms. To get started: 

  1. Enter a keyword, journal title, subject, field of research code, or International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) into the search box. Search suggestions will appear 
  2. Select one or more of the suggested terms to add them to your search 
  3. Press the Search button.
Journal search - search screen. Three lists of terms to scope your journal title search.
Search suggestions for the term 'chem'. Select items from the lists 'Titles containing', 'Keyword matches' and 'Subjects & Field of research' to scope your search.
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Compare journal titles using scholarly metrics 

From your search results page, assess the quality of scholarly journals using data collected from several sources. Visit our Strategic scholarly publishing guide for more about shortlisting journals. 

You can also:

  • Use the Refine results section to filter your journal titles 
  • Use the checkboxes to select titles. Compare or Favourite those titles 
  • Export your results to Excel. 
Journal search - results screen. List of journal titles based on your search with table of metrics for comparison.
Search results for journal titles containing the word 'chemistry'. Journal titles are displayed with their Open access status, Quartile ranking (in any subject area), CiteScore, Impact factor, Source-normalised impact per paper (SNIP) and Scimago Journal Rank (SJR).
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While the list of titles in Journal search has been carefully curated, we recommend that you always check journal quality to avoid the possibility of unethical and predatory publishers. 

    Review detailed journal information 

    From your search results, select a journal title link to open detailed information about the title in a new browser tab. View the title's Open Access status and whether the title is included in read and publish agreements.

    Press the Add journal to your favourites (star) button to favourite this journal title so you can refer to it later. 

    Journal search - detailed information screen.
    Preview of details for the journal 'Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics' showing ISO abbreviated title, ISSNs, Publisher, Refereed status and the First year of publication fields.
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    View or export your favourite journals 

    From your search results, press the My Favourite Journals button to view titles you have added to your favourites. 

    From your favourites you can: 

    • Compare metrics and access detailed journal information 
    • Export your favourite journals to Excel. 
    Journal search - My Favourite Journals screen. List of favourited journals and table of metrics for comparison.
    My Favourite Journals screen with five favourited example titles and related metrics.
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    Press Return to Journal search to return to your search results. 

    About strategic scholarly publishing

    It's important to be strategic in your publishing choices and choose the best outlet possible for your research to maximise your career opportunities and grant competitiveness. Comparing journal metrics such as:

    • Citation analysis 
    • Peer analysis 
    • Indexing in prestigious databases 
    • Presence in subject-specific lists 
    • Journal circulation and coverage

    can be time-consuming. Journal search brings these metrics onto one page to make this process easier for you.

    Tell us what you think 

    Email us at if you have any feedback or questions about using this tool to find and target the best journals in which to publish your research. 

    Last updated:
    25 July 2022