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Which is the best journal to publish your research paper?

It is a very important and crucial decision, to choose the right journal for your research paper. To begin with, you must pick a journal on the basis of, how nicely your research fits into its broader theme. This isn’t a very difficult task because as a researcher, after having read many papers and explored literature, you will have a fairly good idea about which journal would be the most appropriate and willing to punish your research.
Some fundamental information about the journal can be explored from its website itself and you can be sure that approaching the journal or pursuing it for publication won’t be a waste of effort. However, if you have a couple of journals to shortlist from, the. below mentioned criterion can be of good help:

Positioning in your field of study: The top tier in your field of study may have more than one journal. These would of course be the best known ones and most sought after by scholars in all disciplines. Keeping an eye on the top tier journals is a good idea and you can get more information about them by enquiring from the seasoned faculty in your university who belong to your discipline. Few universities do the task easier for the scholars by already having a ranked list of journals ready for them.

Rate of Acceptance: Journals that have a low rate of acceptance are ideally more competitive and should be targeted for publication of worthy research. However, one should be practical and realistic here and not waste a lot of time eyeing journals that have a very ambitious criterion for selection.

Citation Ranking: This is easy to check through the internet you can check the number of times the publications of that journal have been used by other researchers. More the citations, greater the reputation in the field of study so always look for a journal that’s higher citation ranking as it will increase the possibility of your research also to get noticed.

Indexing of the journal: These days you will find many electronic databases that index journals and if your shortlisted journal is indexed in reputed databases, it is a feather in its cap for its reputation and accessibility as your research would be readily available to other researchers for citations and your primary objective of popularising your research would be fulfilled.

Anna University Annexure I publications: A guide to getting published for PhD

Anna University instructs its scholars to get their research publications for PhD in ISI-indexed journals. ISI is a service that offers access to quality controlled Open Access Journals. The aim of ISI is to have a more comprehensive perspective and encompass all the open access scientific and scholarly journals which are using the right kind of quality control mechanism. It does not even limit itself to any specific languages or subject domains. The reason it has been created is to enhance the visibility of good quality scholarly journals, thus increasing their readability and impact factor as well.

As a scholar, you must know that ISI follows a strict referring process and two to four referees should be there for each submitted manuscript. With the stringent acceptance policies, the acceptance rate is mostly less than 50 per cent.

Within the ISI journals, there are subcategories and levels. The highest level of ISI defines the most original and significant contribution in the field. If a scholar gets a publication in an ISI-indexed journal, it is taken to be a remarkable contribution in the field of study.

The review process for the ISI journals is quite stringent, and one needs to follow a process to select the ISI journal that is most appropriate for the researcher. The journal can be selected with this process:

  1. Choose field of knowledge
  2. Determine journals’ Impact Factor and Quartiles
  3. Select the journals within the quartile (Q1, Q2, Q3)
  4. For all journals selected, visit their website
  5. Check type of works accepted (Review, Original research article, Letters, etc.)
  6. Check the turnaround time for articles submitted to the journal
  7. Check number of publications per year
  8. Check type of fees associated
  9. Check whether it has online edition
  10. Check the length and structure of the manuscript acceptable to the journal

Here is a flow chart of how the Review Process the journals at ISI normally follow:

review process IS journals

You must have the following considerations in place before you think your research paper is complete to be sent at ISI:

  1. First of all give an honest opinion to yourself that your research is worth publishing
  2. Answer whether my research has substantive contribution to make in the field of study or the literature under study?
  3. What are the steps needed to be cleared before the submission in the chosen journal?
  4. How can I increase the citations of my published research by selecting the most appropriate journal?

Other than knowing the guidelines for getting your paper selected for publication in one of these worthy journals, you must also know the reasons because of which your paper may get rejected by the journal for a more thorough preparation. But once you get prepared with your manuscript, your quest for the most suitable ISI journal begins. We can make your this quest easy and can help you figure out that one perfect ISI journal, write to us at


Abstract Writing Fast Forward

When you select a conference to attend, the very next thing which comes in your mind is writing an abstract according to the conference guidelines. Then you start to think which work you want to publish in that abstract from all the work you have done in your research. As such there is no set formula for writing abstract and it can depend totally on your work and writing style but however there is good recipe for making a nice abstract which can work almost anywhere.

An abstract is a brief summary of the paper but actually it’s much more than that as it not only say something about your research, but also about yourself, provides an idea of why this abstract provides an added value to the conference. An evaluator will not only study your proposal but also the zeal you have for your topic and the details with which the abstract has been drafted.

Keep these points in mind while writing an abstract

  • Verify that your topic really fits the call for papers
  • Limit yourself to the word count that is indicated by the organizers
  • Follow the instructions for formatting the proposal

I’ve found what really works for me to write an abstract in a fast forward mode. As you have to focus on different sections of an abstract.

The different sections an abstract should generally contain:

Background: Why do we care about the problem and the results?

Objective: What problem are you trying to solve?

Methodology: How you are going to solve the problem?

Results: What were the results of your research?

Conclusions: What are the implications of your answer?

Whenever you need to write an abstract, copy and paste these points into a new document and answer them one by one. Style and grammar don’t matter initially as you have to get the ideas out first.
These answers then make up the first draft of your abstract. Convert the abstract into a readable text, in correct English with proper grammar, making sure the entire abstract flows from its objective towards the conclusions.

Be Sure Before You Submit the Paper

When you have the biggest submission of your life and you have been dreading it for months on end, it probably is your research paper. You are likely to have gone through grueling hours and sleepless night to achieve the perfect paper and get marked favorably on it and you finally submit it, only to find out that your paper was full of mistakes that could have been easily avoided. Which is why wise people have believed ‘look before you leap’ is the best possible policy in life and especially true in the case of submissions.

Make sure that all the facts and figures that you have taken in use are from trusted resources and they add sense to your work. Anything that is out of the place will lose you points and the chances of your work being approved will become that much lesser.

Read up on the right ways to formulate and present a paper. You are more likely to get it right if you have a thorough research to back your work. Remember you are not out there to re-invent the wheel, you just need to take a fresh approach.

Get in touch with professionals from your field and find out whether you are on the right path. They will be able to point out your mistakes before the evaluator does and you will also know which strong points you can highlight to make your work stand out.

Make sure to check whether you have followed the instructions and submit the version that the evaluators want to see, not the one that you think is the best. When you conform to standards, it automatically looks like you have paid more attention in the making of your work.

Getting it right the first time round is not a very tough task, the key is to ensure that you are sure about the quality of your paper before you turn it in.