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Where Can I Publish My Research Article?

Submitting and publishing research articles in peer-reviewed journals can be perplexing for scholars of all levels, and junior scholars often have few resources to assist with navigating the process.

Step One: Identify potential journals in your scholarly area. 

The following is a partial list of anthropology journal titles, organized alphabetically.

Step Two: Rank these potential journals for your specific article.

I suggest four considerations for creating your personal shortlist. 

  1. Scope. Evaluate the manuscript against a prospective journal's scope and article types. 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 provide details about the type of desired content and submission details. To locate these documents online, you may need to type in journal name and the word "journal."

  1. Timing.Think about how much time you have before you need an acceptance letter. Scholars can submit a given paper to only one journal at a time. Editors have difficulty finding peer reviewers, and even more difficulty obtaining completed reviews. Time to publication may correlate 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, this could be an indication that your manuscript may languish.

  1. 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 website that list where the title 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 on "About the Journal” webpages.

  1. Reputation. If your goals of publishing are related to academic advancement, evaluate the reputation of the journal. Journal titles are sometimes very similar to one another, and deceptive (or "predatory") journals may select titles that are extremely similar to legitimate titles. Among non-predatory publishers, there is still a wide range of scholarly reputations. To help assess reputation, four systems of evaluation are available on this list of titles. Which systems matter for your career depend on the nature of your employer and its geographic location. Ranking journals is controversial; no single system can determine a journal’s ranking in a fair or objective way.

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: pubs@americananthro.org.

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