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Publishing Journal Articles in Education Use for ED808

Is there a journal whose articles you find yourself citing often in your research papers?  Is this a potential journal in which you might publish? You need to find out a few things.

  • Is it peer reviewed?
  • Do they accept unsolicited manuscripts or only publish material from invited authors?
  • If so, what types and topics of articles are they interested in publishing?
  • Instructions for Authors - See examples of these in the list given farther down on this page.
  • Acceptance Rate - The rate at which articles are accepted for publication. 80% means they publish 80% of articles that are submitted meaning you are competing for more publishing slots here; 5% means they publish 5% of articles submitted so you are competing for fewer publishing slots here.
  • Impact Factor -  Impact factors can be calculated in various ways. The easiest way to do this is to divide the number of times a journal is cited (in a particular year or range of years) by the number of articles published in that journal for that time period, and the resulting quotient is the impact factor. It is somewhat more complex than this, but these are the basics.
  • What is the turn around time from the time of submission to when you as an author will hear if your article has been accepted or rejected?

Most of the answers to these questions can be found on the journal's official website. If you cannot find answers to all of these questions, locate the contact us email address and send an email to the journal contacts and ask your questions. You may also consider sending an email to one of the editors to ask your questions. 

If you are not having success at the website you might want to consult Cabell's Directories, see below.


Journal Impact Factors

MyRI:Journal Impact Factors