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Biology: Faculty Publishing

  Faculty Publishing Hints

When investigating where to publish a new article, try these ideas:

1. Perform a general database search on your topic to see which journals have accepted articles in your topic area.

2. Think cross-disciplinary. Consider journals from disciplines closely related to your topic.

3. Try Ulrich's Periodicals Directory. TWU Login required. Search for journals using SUBJECT search.

  Acceptance Rates

Consider Acceptance Rates when choosing where to submit your manuscript.

  • Journals with lower acceptance rates are frequently considered to be more prestigious / meritorious.

  • Acceptance rates can be found in the "Information for Authors" area of the print journal and online journal webpages.

  • Some professional societies publish acceptance rates for journals they publish or journals within a particular field

Also consider how many issues a journal publishes annually. Journals publishing monthly accept fewer submissions than journals publishing bi-monthly.

  Impact Factors


A method of ranking, evaluating, categorizing, comparing journals, journal articles, books and even authors or researchers. Measures the frequency of citation in a given period of time. Provides quantitative evidence for evaluation of relative importance.



  Impact Factor: Sources

Cumulative impact and relevance of an individual researcher's scientific research output. 


Algorithms that use the structure of the entire network (instead of purely local citation information) to evaluate the importance of each journal; puts citations and data into context.


  Open Access

20% of peer-reviewed articles across all disciplines are now freely available.

What Is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) is scholarly literature that is free to read and often has various re-use rights. Open Access is entirely compatible with and insists on upholding standards of peer review, copyright, quality, prestige, and research impact. As an author, Open Access provides you with a larger potential audience and citation advantage.

For more information about Open Access, visit our Open Access guide:

  Impact Factor Formula

Formula Example

Journal X's impact factor for 2004

Number of Cites in 2003 to articles published in:
2002 =  866 citations
2001 = 1191 citations
     divided by
Number of articles published in:
2002 = 203 articles
2001 = 214 articles


Cites to recent articles      2057
Number of recent articles    417

Impact Factor   =  4.933

  Impact Factor Cautions


  • Review articles are heavily cited and therefore may inflate impact factoring.

  • Long articles collect many citations and therefore yield high impact factors. Short articles lag in impact factor scoring.

  • Self-citation produces high Impact Factors.

  • Citations in the national language of a journal are preferred which can skew factoring.

  • Impact Factors depend on the dynamics of a research field which can expand and contract.

  • Small research fields tend to lack high impact.

  • The number of citations differ between basic biomedical research and clincial publications. Research related to molecular genetics tends to be highly cited while clinical publications are not. Clinical medicine draws heavily on basic science references but not vice versa.

Impact Factors are not a perfect tool to measure the quality of journal, articles, or researchers. They should be used in concert with additional criteria.