Q: For studies on infectious diseases, which low-scoring journals are easier to submit to?
On the forum, we don’t really provide journal recommendations. However, we do provide pointers for selecting the right journal, as below.
- You may search for relevant journals in databases such as DOAJ, Scimago JCR, and Master Journal List (MJL). From the search, you may then shortlist a few for consideration.
- As you mentioned low-scoring (that is, low-impact or low-quartile), when searching for such journals, we would urge you to exercise caution so that you don’t end up approaching and submitting to a predatory or bogus journal. To check whether a particular journal is one such, you may use this checklist: 10 Point checklist to identify predatory publishers
- To improve your chances of submission and therefore acceptance, after shortlisting a few journals, you may send them presubmission inquiries providing a basic idea of your research and to gauge whether they would be interested in your paper.
You may also find this infographic useful: 12 Actionable Tips for choosing the right journal for your paper
And of course, there’s also our own journal selection service: Editage Journal Selection
Hope that helps. All the best for a sound selection and a speedy submission!