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Publishing your work is important for disseminating new research for better health care, and to gain recognition as a scholar. The guide provides information about scholarly publishing to help you:

  • Turn your work into a publication
  • Choose a publisher and journal
  • Evaluate publishers and journals
  • Be aware of predatory publishing
  • Engage with open access publishing
  • Utilise open data in your research
  • Complete the writing process
  • Utilise checklists and resources

Considerations before publishing

  • What are other researchers in your field doing?​ What journals are they publishing in? When are they publishing?
  • What is the reputation of the journal or publisher?
  • How long will it take to get published?
  • How likely is your manuscript going to be accepted by the journal? Does it align with their requirements and content?
  • Will you publish open access? Does the journal charge article processing charges for open access?
  • What is the impact factor or ranking of the journal? Will your work be seen and cited by others?
Watch the webinar recording - How to get your research published - Direct link here
• Practical tips from guest speaker Dr Ximena Alvira - hosted by Monash Health Library and Elsevier

Find a journal to publish your research

By manuscript matching or title/abstract

By looking up journal name, author, topic etc

  • SPI-Hub allows you to look for a journal by journal name, keyword searching, author, your public zotero library, your NCBI My Bibliography or your ORCID ID. 
  • If your research is about Global Health, use GH Journal Search to look for reputable journals. GH Journal Search is developed by the USAID-supported Johns Hopkins Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project in collaboration with The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).

By reading reviews of researchers' experiences with journals

  • SciRev : Read the experience of the journal submission and reviewing process by other researchers.

By searching the ERA 2023 List

  • The Australian Research Council (ARC) Excellence in Research (ERA) program releases a Submission Journal List that outlines journals that are acceptable for publishing research. 
  • While the list is not intended to be used past the ERA program, it is a comprehensive list that may act as a starting point for journals to look into further. 
  • The Submission Journal List also contains Fields of Research (FoR) codes. FoR codes catalogue journals by the subject of the content they publish.
    • You may have grant or funding requirements which require you to publish with a journal that has a particular FoR code.
    • You may wish to align your manuscript with a particular subject or FoR code for maximum impact. Consider the difference between a very broad Psychology FoR code, and a narrow category Cognitive and Computational Psychology FoR code. Does your manuscript align with a narrow category? You may get more reach publishing it there. 
    • Some journals may have more than one FoR code. The ERA Submission Journal List does not list FoR codes in order of importance.
    • FoR code is also an available filter in Web of Science, a product that requires a subscription.

Request a report of recommended journals from the library

Monash Health library can assist you with deciding where to publish by providing a report. The report is a list of 10 recommended journals to publish in, based on your professional field and manuscript topic.

Request a report

There are a number of tools to help determine the standing and influence of an academic journal. These tools can be used when selecting who to publish with, or for references in your research project.

Journal Ranking Tools

  • JIF (Journal Impact Factor) is the best option if the Journal is listed in JCR (Journal Citation Reports). JCR is accepted as the standard metric for ranking journals, its JIF is measured from citations in the JCR database using an absolute count. It has been in use for 50+ years, uses Web of Science and is owned by Thomson Reuters.
  • JCI (Journal Citation Indicator) is available in JCR. It catalogues journals by the subject of the content they publish and assigns them a quality ranking, from Q1 (being the best) to Q4. You may wish to publish your manuscript with a Q1 journal for your subject for maximum impact.
  • SJR (SCImago) uses Scopus as a source database. It is an alternative measure that takes into account journal prestige by applying a weighted score, so citations from a prestigious journal score more highly for each citation. You can also add the Scopus "cite score" for each paper which is which is based on the average citations received per document.
  • The journal's Impact Factor should be found or verified in Clarivate Analytics’ Journal Citation Reports. Visit the Journal Citation Reports guide for more information on how to use the tool.
  • Google Scholar Metrics ranks journals by their five-year h-index and h-median metrics. View the Top 20 health and medical sciences journal rankings or use the subcategories drop-down menu to view the top 20 journals in each medical specialty.


The term "predatory publishing" was first used by a librarian named Jeffrey Beall to describe open access journals which provide a poor or non-existent peer review service (a rigorous peer review process is a key feature of reputable publishers). Predatory publishers may look like legitimate publishers but are exploitative producers of content. They may or may not charge article submission fees or excessive publication fees to authors. They may also accept most or all papers submitted to them. 

Publishing research in a predatory publication is damaging to the reputations of authors, affiliated institutions, research reliability and the publishing industry. After publishing in a predatory journal, authors may find it difficult to publish the same paper in a legitimate journal.

Predatory publishing’s relationship with open access

While the surge in predatory journals is related to an increase in open access (OA) publishing, there are a number of high quality OA journals and publishers who put great effort into offering quality peer-review services, editing and checks throughout the publishing process. Furthermore, predatory journals can also occasionally be found in well-known publishing houses. It is important to focus on the context of the publications and their policies and peer review services when determining if a journal is legitimate or not. 

Predatory meetings, conferences and awards

Beware of predatory meetings, conferences and awards which operate using a similar business model to predatory publishing. This includes a poor or non-existent peer review service, high paper submission fees, and acceptance of most or all papers submitted to them. Predatory meetings, conferences and awards may also claim to be related to legitimate publications and involve researchers without their consent.

Tools & Resources:

  • Use Think. Check. Submit. to identify trusted publishers and journals. Think. Check. Submit. provides a simple approach for researchers to avoid predatory publishers/journals.
  • Retraction Watch - a freely available database of retractions for scientists, scholars, and journalists. The mission of its parent organization, the Center for Scientific Integrity, is to promote transparency and integrity in science and scientific publishing and help draw attention to how researchers, journals, and institutions correct the scientific record.
  • Consider more than one indicator to compare journals. See the ‘Journal Rankings’ tab of this guide.
  • Tortured Phrases - when reading scholarly publications be aware of unusual phrases such as 'Counterfeit Consciousness' being used instead of 'Artificial Intelligence'. This may be indicative of automated translation or software that attempts to disguise plagiarism. Read this 2021 Nature article for more information.  
  • Use the A-Z guide below to evaluate predatory publishers and journals:


Peer review is the process of evaluating research results in academic journal articles prior to formal publication, to determine the quality of the article and whether the study design is sound. This takes place after a researcher has submitted their paper to the journal for publishing.

Typically, a journal’s editorial board organises the peer review process by inviting reviewers with relevant expertise to check the paper. Structure, review criteria and critique guidelines are provided by the publishers and editorial boards to ensure that the validity, significance and originality of the study are carefully reviewed. To ensure fairness in the process and to minimise bias, feedback and comments by the reviewers (so called "referee reports") to authors are anonymous. Authors will usually receive reviewer feedback and the editorial decision of either "acceptance", "conditional acceptance" (accepted after major revisions based on reviewers' comments) or "rejection". The number of times a researcher can re-submit the modified paper depends on the journal/publisher's policies. 

Benefits of Peer Review

✔ Ensures the validity of research and prevents the publication of misleading or falsified works.

✔  Provides valuable feedback so that researchers can revise and improve their work based on analysis by experts in the field.

✔  Serves as an independent check, as an second eye apart from the editor group, to minimise bias or misconduct.

Predatory Publishers & Peer Review

Predatory publishers skip peer review, or only provide rudimentary checks. Therefore, it is very important to check if a publisher's peer review policy is available online, well-explained and clear before you submit your work. For examples, see Elsevier and Springer Nature policies. As the primary aim of predatory publishers is financial gain from authors' work, their peer review turnaround time will be very short and they will not provide a quality referee report. Although it is easier to get articles published through predatory publishing, it is risky as authors may suffer irreparable reputation damage.

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