Looking for the Right Journal to Publish your Paper? These Library Databases Can Help.


Cabell’s directories assist our faculty by providing publishing information for 4000+ academic journals. Directories include information about the subject areas emphasized by each journal, type of review process, acceptance rate, number of reviewers, time required for review, and availability of reviewer comments. Some specific manuscript submission guidelines, as well as a list of journals with “Calls for Papers” also included.12




Ulrichsweb is an easy to search source of detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals of all types: academic and scholarly journals,  magazines, newspapers, and more. Cove rage is international. Ulrich’s records provide data points such as ISSN, publisher, language, subject, tables of contents, and reviews written by librarians. Title details will also inform our faculty if a journal is an academic/scholarly publication, and if it is refereed/peer-reviewed.



Journal Citation Reports allows our faculty to evaluate and compare journals within the science and social sciences using citation data drawn from over 10,000 journals. One can find out which are the leading journals in a field (those journals with the highest “impact factors” whose articles are cited most    frequently). The impact factor will help you evaluate a journal’s relative importance, especially when you compare it to others in the same field. In JCR, select the Science or Social Sciences Edition, and then search for a specific journal or view journals by subject category, publisher or country. The Information for New Users in JCR database provides good online help.  CSI library provides access to JCR from 2004 to 2012.

How to Access the Databases

•On campus: Click the database name or image above and you will be taken to the database.

•Off campus: Click the database name or image, and the library’s proxy server page will come up asking for your CSI email user name and password. After that, you will be taken to the database.

– Prof. Judy Xiao, Instruction/Reference Librarian