Evaluation of a scientific article refers to the finding quantitative indicators (index) of the scientific research success. The science that deals with this is called scientometrics. So far has not been found a completely satisfactory evaluation criterion of scientific work and scientists because each offered criterion has more or less its flaws, however, it is considered that more criteria’s is used the evaluation is more objective.
There is no straight formula to determine the best journal to publish your manuscript. However, analyzing various parameters may help you to decide the journal that best suits you for publishing. Following are some of those criteria:
Impact factor: The impact factor of a journal is the measure of the average number of citations provided to the articles published in the last two years in that particular journal. The impact factor is a scientometric index. It is important to note that you do not rely only on the impact factor as the high impact factor scores may also be vague.
Peer Review Process: High-quality articles increase the reputation of journals. The quality journals have a strict peer-review process. All the details for the peer review process are available on the website of the journal. Many poor-quality journals do not follow a strict procedure for peer review.
Right of the authors: Some good journals allow the author to have full rights over their manuscript and permit them to disseminate the research. Read the full copyright agreement while before signing.
Business model: The business model of the journal should be clearly stated on the website. All the related cost should be clearly mentioned, and the author should be surprised with any fee which was not mentioned.
The reputation of the journal: The quality of articles published in the journal, the society under which the journal is published, the impact factor, the number of people in your circle knows about the journal and other factors.
Indexing: Indexing journal in the reputed database allows the article of the author to reach maximum readers. Some of the citation databases include CINAHL, MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Scopus. These databases list the journal based on various parameters, and their inclusion increases the reputation of journals.
Scope of the journal: Ensure that the scope and aim of the journal are in a line similar to your research. Websites of many journals categorically indicate the domain of research that is not under their spectrum of publications.
Journal ethics: Journal also checks the manuscript for plagiarism, fraud, segmented publications, and review board approval.
Instructions for authors: Many journals have limited the number of pages, images, or word count. Check the complete list of requirements before drafting and submitting the manuscript .
Editors of the journal: The website of the journal must show the name, position, and contact information of the editors. In case you require more information about the editors, communicate with the journal before submitting your manuscript for peer review.
Various factors should be considered before sending the manuscript for peer review and subsequent publication. These factors are impact factor, the peer review process, aim and scope of the journal, and ethics.