Q: How can I identify the best journals in my field?
I wonder how, in my area of biomechanics, balance and electromyography, could I list down the best journals and the ones with the best impact factor?
Is it only by checking the articles that I read in my research? Is there another way to search for the key ones?
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is an online directory that lists down and provides access to high quality open access, peer-reviewed journals. Conducting an advanced search will give you a list of good journals in your field.
Another way to get an idea of good journals in your field would be to check the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) list of journals. Here too, you can run a search by subject category.
Apart from this, you can speak to your professors, peers, and seniors. They will be able to give you an idea of the quality journals in your field. Last, but not the least, as you have mentioned, you can make a note of the journals that you come across through articles that you read.