Selecting the right journal for your research

Submitting a paper to an unsuitable journal is a key cause of article rejection. When selecting a Hindawi journal, take the time to review a journal’s aims and scope to confirm that it is suitable for your manuscript.

Points to consider:

What type of articles has the journal published previously? As a reader, would you expect to see your article alongside the existing articles? Are they articles that you might have read during the course of your research?

Does the journal cover a wide range of topics or is it more focused? For subject-specific journals, only relevant manuscripts will be considered for publication. If your article is cross-disciplinary or covers multiple topics, then a broader-scoped journal will be more suitable for publication of your article.

What is the impact of the journal? The Impact Factor of a journal is a consideration for authors, but many journals without Impact Factors are also important. Some journals without Impact Factors are very popular with specific readers, or even with the general public.  You may want to consider alternative statistical metrics, such as the Eigenfactor, in your decision making. Readership can also be an important indicator of impact, and many journals now publish article-level metrics, such as usage statistics.

How will readers discover your articles? Consider where a journal is distributed and whether it is indexed in the services that you use to discover articles. Journals indexed in major databases such as Scopus, Web of Science, and PubMed are likely to receive more downloads and citations as a result of their improved discoverability.

What are the costs of publishing? Like many other Open Access publishers, Hindawi charges an Article Processing Charge (APC) to cover the cost of publishing. This allows us to make the articles we publish freely available to all readers. We are committed to a transparent pricing structure, and you will always be able to find the current costs of publishing in our journals before you submit your manuscript. Your institution may cover the cost of the APC if it is a member of the Hindawi Institutional Partnership Program. If you meet certain criteria, you may also be eligible for a waiver, making it completely free to publish with Hindawi.

See our guide ‘What are Article Processing Charges?’ for more detail on how APCs are used at Hindawi.

Is the journal currently accepting submissions for a Special Issue? Hindawi periodically publishes Special Issues of its journals. These focus on specific issues of contemporary importance to the journal’s audience. Special Issues are targeted, timely, and insightful collections, meaning that they are often very well received. Check the ‘Open Special Issues’ link on a journal’s page to see our current calls for papers.


Once you’ve chosen a journal that meets your needs, you’re ready to begin the submission process. See ‘Ready to Submit?‘ for guidance on submitting your manuscript.