Publishing Guidelines for Researchers

Choosing where to publish your work is hugely important regarding the dissemination of your research. You should target top journals relevent to your work that are likely to be read and cited by others working in your field. The following sections can give you some advice and direction on choosing where to publish, ensuring you get your details right and maximising the impact of your research: 

Selecting where to Publish

Once you have selected your targeted journal (check out Top Journals in Scopus), ensure you follow the publishing guidleines to ensure your paper has a consistent name and is properly affiliated and you receive the correct credit for your work. 

Getting your Name and Affiliation correct

Lastly once your paper is published, communication and dissemination is key to broaden the impact of your research - our guide gives practical steps to help you ensure your research is visible in your field and making a difference. 

Broaden your Research Impact



Top Journals in Scopus

Scopus features three citation indicators to measure a journal's impact; Citescore,  SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper) and SJR (SCImago Journal Rank). These indicators use the citation data captured in the Scopus database to reveal different aspects of a journal's impact:  Read more on the Journal classification in Scopus. 

  • CiteScore is a new journal metric available at and via Scopus. The metric is calculated similarly to the Journal Impact Factor except it is over a three year period instead of two years and all document types are included
  • SNIP (source normalized impact per paper) also uses citation data from Scopus. This indicator measures the average citation impact of the publications of a journal. The SNIP corrects for differences in citation practices between scientific fields, which allows for more accurate between-field comparisons of citation impact.
  • SJR takes into account the prestige of the citing journal; citations are weighted to reflect whether they come from a journal with a high or low SJR  and is calculated over a 3 year period. The SJR normalises for differences in citation behavior between subject fields.


See which Journals on Scopus have the Highest Impact: Journals in the top quarter percentile (i.e. 75% and above) generally garner more citations and hence have more impact. 

Scopus/Scival provide online tools to view and compare top journals in your discipline.

Scopus online Allows you to search for your discipline or a specific journal and compare Citation Scores and percentiles. 

Scopus Compare Journals online tool allows you to compare up to 10 journals in your subject area by CiteScore, SJR, SNIP, citations, documents, percent not cited and percent reviews.

Alternatively, you can view all the journals in your subject area from Scopus here. Ensure you have the subject area field displayed as shown in step 1 below, then enter the subject area and finally sort by decreasing order of SNIP. This will sort the journals from the highest SNIP. 

Scopus Sources

The full 2022 list of journals and the subject areas in which each journal is mapped to in Scopus can be downloaded here.  (The final sheet details the subject mapping to ASJC codes, which can be used to identify and filter your subject area in the main page - Scopus Sources May 2022 (all Subjects and ASJC codes detailed from column W onwards))


Content Selection on Scopus and Suggesting a Journal for Inclusion on Scopus

All content on Scopus is reviewed and selected by an independant Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB), an international group of scientists and researchers with journal edior expertise, who represent the major disciplines.  Any new journal or book must meet certain technical requirements and then pass a CSAB review.  Every year, approximately 3,500 new titles are suggested for inclusion in Scopus, but only 33% of those titles meet the technical criteria. And of those roughly 1,200 titles, only 50% are accepted after CSAB review.

Learn more about the Content selection process here, including a link to a form to be completed in order to suggest a new title for inclusion on Scopus.