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Information for Researchers

How to Determine which Journals to Publish in?

  • Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, including tools that can be used to assess the strength of a journal. 
    • CiteScore measures average citations received per document published in the serial.
    • SCImago Journal Rank measures weighted citations received by the serial. Citation weighting depends on subject field and prestige (SJR) of the citing serial. 
    • Source Normalized Impact per Paper measures actual citations received relative to citations expected for the serial’s subject field.
  • JCR (Journal Citation Reports) are to find out the impact factors for journals in the sciences and social sciences.
  • SHERPA/FACT is a tool to check if the journals in which you wish to publish comply with your funder's requirements for open access to research.
  • Be aware of predatory journals, publishers and conferences. These can range from scams to poor quality publications that have no peer review process. Publishing in credible places with reputable publishers has many benefits. For easy to use checklists on how you can self-assess potential journals and publishers, see the Think Check Submit website.
  • If you would like to request a tailored list of journal recommendations, please email

Open Access

  • Open Access guidance on complying with REF and your funder's requirements for Open Access.
  • Pure has been the University's Institutional Repository since December 1st 2017. Read the Open Access guidance to ensure you deposit your research outputs in Pure within the correct timeframe.
  • For more advice on making sure your applicable publications are OA compliant for REF and otherwise, please email


Assessing Research Impact

  • Bibliometrics has a summary of of bibliometrics and an overview of which tools and websites you can use to assess the impact of your publications
  • SciVal is a tool to assess the research performance of individuals, research groups and institutions



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