How do you select an appropriate journal for your research study?


Professor Moon Moon Haque (Gulf Medical University) discussed ways and means of selecting a suitable journal for a research study during a session recently conducted under the Writing Impactful Research (WIR) program. WIR is a four-month program conducted by the Faculty of Management Studies at Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka in collaboration with Emerald Publishing and Gulf Medical University, United Arab Emirates. This is a very successful research program with the participation of over 1000 academics, researchers and postgraduate students from different continents across the world. This seventh session of the program was conducted under the patronage of Prof. Athula Gnanapala (Dean, Faculty of Management Studies, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka), Dr. Jayantha N. Dewasiri (Brand Ambassador: Emerald Publishing, South Asia) Miss. Sangeeta Menon (Head of Publishing Relations, Emerald Publishing) Prof. Sudhir Rana, (College of Health Economics and Management, Gulf Medical University), Miss Disha Lakhanpal (Regional Marketing Manager, Emerald Publishing), Prof. Dunusinghe G. Dharmarathna (Head – Department of Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Management Studies, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka). This article aims to answer the question of “how to select an appropriate journal for your research study” which was discussed during the seventh session of the WIR program.

Setting the basis and tone for the session, Dr Haque began with the aphorism: ‘Publish or perish’, the session looked at current practices in academia, believing that many researchers and scholars tend to select perhaps the most well-known bibliographic database, Web of Science (WoS), Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) Journal Citation Report which lists academic journals with an impact factor (IF), to identify sources potential to publish their research. Dr Haque emphasized “the importance of publication in academic life” and advised making a contribution to knowledge instead of publishing only to advance academic positions. The second phase of the session focused on the publication channels and in which he highlighted the options of open access or closed access (the traditional way). Research must reach academics for scientific improvement and availability of sources; therefore, the advantages of open access over closed access (4-factor identification) were discussed. He also discussed how researchers should make their decision when the journal is owned by a trusted publisher or institution / company but the journal is not indexed. And another puzzle may be that the journal appears in more than one index but a Predatory journal. So how do you solve the riddle and how to detect if a newspaper is predatory? The session focused on the key aspects involved in selecting the right review criteria, including: objective and scope, author guidelines, frequency / time of publication, impact factor of the review. journal, SCImago rankings, acceptance rate, etc.

During the session, Dr Haque discussed tools for choosing an appropriate journal (;; http: //www.edanzediting. com / journal_selector; etc). He strongly advised authors to check the manuscript carefully before submitting it and he underlined the 11 point checklist for the same. 70% of manuscripts are rejected by journals because they are out of reach; does not correspond to the style and objectives of the journal, is not novel, has parts missing from the manuscripts, or has possible similarity issues. Therefore, academics should develop their manuscripts in a way that helps them navigate through the process of desk review and peer review. The session ended with the vote of thanks from Miss PM Shamika, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Management Studies, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka.

The full session can be accessed via the link below.

Biography of the authors

Dr Moon Moon Haque, as Dean of the College of Healthcare Management and Economics, Gulf Medical University, Ajman, United Arab Emirates. Dr Haque received his PhD (Applied Economics) from Fogelman College of Business and Economics, University of Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He also had a Masters in Applied Economics from the same University and another Masters in Economics from Visva-Bharati University (India). Dr Haque is well trained in applied microeconomics (health and health care economics, labor economics) and applied quantitative analysis (econometrics, game theory) and has a perfect command of the relevant statistical programming languages ​​(EViews, STATA, SAS, LATEX, etc.) to perform empirical research. Dr Haque was also editor-in-chief of the journal APJMRI (ISSN: 2319510X; a SAGE publication) between April 2014 and June 2018.

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