Impact of journal choice on your citation count

We looked at basic tips on optimizing the impact of your research here. Still on the subject of visibility of your research, the choice of journal you publish in needs careful attention. Here are factors to consider;

  1. The most basic question to consider is if the journal is available online. Publishing in a print only journal will greatly limit access and visibility of your research.
  2. Publish in an open access journal. Directory of Open Access Journals is a good place to help in identifying authentic and authoritative open access journals. Browse by subject to get an idea of the journals that are available on your subject.
  3. Choose a journal that KU has subscribed This means that any staff or student in any university in Kenya is able to access the full text of your work hence increasing the chances of being cited.
  4. Target a journal with a high impact factor. The SCImago Journal & Country Rank portal is an authoritative source of information on journal impact factor. The portal can also help in identifying a journal you can publish in.
  5. Target a journal with high visibility. The most basic indexing site you should check on is Google Scholar. To check if the journal is indexed by Google scholar, search for it here. It is also important to find out if it is indexed in electronic databases. It would be even better if it is indexed in subject specific electronic databases in your discipline.

NB: Some journals are now fraudulently claiming to be indexed by different indexing sites. Confirm and verify by searching for the journal on the sites.

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