Publications

Where Can I Publish My Research Article?

Junior scholars often mention they find the array of journal titles bewildering. The following is a partial list of journal titles, organized alphabetically.

Identify potential journals in your scholarly area. 

* To locate titles of interest on the list, I recommend you use Control+F and type in major subfields and related disciplines.

* I used the following keywords to identify subdisciplines: all branches, applied, archaeology, biological/physical, cultural/social, folklore, linguistic, medical, methods, paleontology, theory and visual. If the journal spans additional disciplines, these fields are noted, such as: biology, cultural studies, education, economics, humanities, material culture, musicology, political economy, etc. If a title is heavily interdisciplinary across many of these, I indicate "social sciences." If the scope of a journal includes literature and the fine arts, I indicate "humanities." If a geographic area is part of the scope of the journal and not in the title, I include major regions. Some examples include: Africa, Asia, Circumpolar, Europe, Latin America, and Oceania. Any of these might make good search terms.

* I did not spell out the word "journal" nor "quarterly." 

Once you have a list of potential journal titles, rank these for your specific article. Below are four considerations for creating your personal short-list. 

1) Scope. Evaluate your manuscript against a prospective journal's scope. Click on the hyperlink or use a search engine to locate the Aims and Scope, an "About this journal" page, and/or "Author Submission Guidelines." Any of these documents will provide details about the type of desired content, submission details, as will reading a current issue. Tip: Sometimes you will need to type in journal name and the word "journal." Beware that many journals have extremely similar titles, but are not the same. 

Because maintaining working links is time-consuming, I only link to publications published by AAA.

2) Timing. Think about how much time you have before you need an acceptance letter. Scholars may only submit a given paper to one journal at a time. Peer reviewers can be hard for editors to chase down. Loosely speaking, time to publication correlates with how well an editorial office is run and, if a journal is publishing late or an editor does not respond to an inquiry about average time ranges, these are harbingers that your manuscript may languish. Tip: Journals with more frequency (more issues each year) may be faster and those with "online first" options will get your publication out there a little more quickly. I eliminated any title that did not publish any content so far in 2013 and recommend you avoid submitting to any journal that is publishing behind schedule. 

3) Visibility once published. If your article is a scholarly one, and you want it to have the best chance to be read by other scholars, you will want to look at the pages on the journal's site that describe where the titles is Abstracted and Indexed. Typically the more services that index a given journal, the more likely it is that the articles within will be located and read by various scholarly audiences. Abstracting and indexing information is often prominent under "About the Journal webpages.

Keep in mind some specific things you can do as an author that increase the visibility of your research wherever you publish. These include careful attention to your title, subtitle, and your abstract. 

4) Reputation. If your goals of publishing are related to academic advancement, you must evaluate the reputation of the journal. Beware "predatory" publishers, whose journals have no scholarly reputation. Jeffrey Beall assessed some publishing companies and found they offered little value to authors or users and, worse charge authors fees for their putative service. More companies in this vein pop up all the time; in 2010 this list was only 6 companies and it's now more than 200 companies and thousands o specific journals. Their names are sometimes deceptively similar to legitimate titles. 

Among publishers who make return value and services to their authors and readers, there is still a wide range of scholarly reputations. To help assess reputation, I compiled four systems of evaluation. Which systems matter for your career depends on the nature of your employer and its geographic location. Ranking journals is controversial; no single system is able o navigate the nuances of scholarly discourse in a completely fair or objective way. 

AAA survey: In the summer of 2008, AAA asked approximately 150 anthropology departments to indicate an A, B, or C tier in terms of how their promotions and tenure committees generally perceive a journal. If a title has no ranking ("n/a"), due the survey's length, the journal title was not included in the summer 2008 survey. Many large anthropology departments value the evaluation. 

ERIH: These lists are broken down by subject and I noted the anthropology (from July 2011) and archaeology (from 2007) assessments. These are influential in many European departments. 

IF: I list the 2012 Impact Factors. If a title has no impact factor ("n/a"), the journal has not been accepted by ISI, the company who owns and calculates the Impact Factor. As a general rule of thumb, these rankings can be very important to anthropologists employed in psychology, education, medicine, and public health departments. Many deans also value the prestige associated with publishing in journals with Impact Factors. 

SJR: The scimago journal ranking counts citations tracked by Scopus. The values listed are from a search in August 2013. 

 

 

If you are interested in a more comprehensive resource, you might also consider purchasing How to Get Published in Anthropology.

For authors interested in international journals, the World Council of Anthropological Associations maintains an excellent list of its members' publications and other journals as well.

Please email corrections or suggestions to: oschmid@aaanet.org.