15 Useful Journal Finder Tools for Publishing Your Research

Journal Finder Tools
15 Useful Journal Finder Tools for Publishing Your Research

Finding the right journal is one of the most important parts to disseminate your research. In this blog post, I list 15 useful journal finder tools to find right journal for publishing your research paper.

Suppose you have finished writing your research manuscript and need to choose a suitable target journal to submit your paper to.

But you are unsure which journal would be the best fit for your research work.

Submitting a manuscript to an unsuitable journal is one of the most common mistakes made by authors.

Given the enormous number of scholarly journals around, it is hard to shortlist possible reputed journals for your research paper.

So, you have come to the right place.

In this post I list some useful journal selection tools to help you select the appropriate journals for your article.

Here are useful online journal finder tools that provide suggestions or recommendations to academic researchers.

The tools listed below assist you in identifying reputed journals that are interested in publishing your scholarly paper.

List of Useful Journal Finder Tools to Find the Right Journal for Publishing Your Research

Here, I list useful tools for selecting the right journal for your research article. These tools help you how to discover quality journals related to your research.

#Open Journal Matcher

Open Journal Matcher  a Journal Finder Tool
Open Journal Matcher

Open Journal Matcher is fully open source and interdisciplinary journal finder tool.

In order to find relevant open access journals, you just paste your abstract.

Once you put the abstract, the online journal matcher compares abstract with the abstracts from the Directory Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

After comparing the similarity, it gives you a list of the top five matching journals.

This online tool was built by Mark Eaton at the City University of New York, with the support of a Google Cloud Platform Credit grant and PSC-CUNY Research Award.

All of the code for this project is openly licensed and is available on Github.

#JANE (Journal/Author Name Estimator)

Journal/Author Name Estimator compares title and/or abstract of your research article with millions of others in PubMed.

Journal/Author Name Matcher

All you need to do is insert the title and/or abstract of the article in the aforementioned box, and click on ‘Find journals’.

If you want to access authors then click on ‘Find authors’.


Think. Check. Submit. is a campaign to help academic researchers identify trusted journals for their research.

In my earlier post on useful tool for identifying trusted journals and publishers, I elaborately discussed and demonstrated how to identify trusted journals.

Think Check Submit lets you select right journal

It is a simple checklist researchers can use as journal suggestion tool to assess the credentials of a journal or publisher.

#Journal Guide

JournalGuide is a free handy tool, lets you evaluate scholarly journals.

The  author resource free tool was created by a group of former researchers, and software programmer at Research Square.

The main objective of this tool is to assist researchers in publishing more quickly by assisting them in selecting the appropriate journal.

Besides , it has comprehensive features for searching, sorting, filtering, and comparing scholarly papers.

Find the best journal for your research using Journal Guide
Journal Guide

You can search journals by paper match, journal name, publisher and category.


If you are looking only for open access journals, there are also ways of searching for these by filtering your search results journal comparison tools.

The Directory of Open Access Journal for finding open access journal

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a useful tool for searching for fully open access journals.

#Elsevier Journal Finder

Elsevier Journal Finder lets you find scholarly journals that could be best suited for publishing your research article.

Elsevier Journal Finder
Elsevier Journal Finder

Elsevier is one of the largest publishers of peer-reviewed journals in all disciplines.

This free tool uses the title and abstract of your research paper to find the Elsevier journal(s) that would be the best match for your work.

#Springer Nature Journal Suggester

Enter the details of your paper to get suggested journal matches.

Springer Nature Journal Suggester Tool for finding best journal
Springer Journal Suggester

Researchers can search over 2,500 journals (Springer and BioMed Central) to find the most suitable scholarly journal for your research article.

#IEEE Publication Recommender

Finds recommended IEEE publications based on keywords from your paper.

IEEE Journal Recommender Tool for finding best journal for your research article
IEEE Journal Recommender

At the time of writing this blog post, IEEE publication recommender allows you to search 190+ periodicals and 1800+ conferences

The state-of-the-art tool compares critical points such as Impact Factor (IF) and submission-to-publication time.

#Edanz Journal Selector

Edanz provides fee-based services to authors such as copyediting and letter writing.

 The tool helps researchers publish in international journals.

Edanz Journal Selector for selecting best journal
Edanz Journal Selector

Once you insert a description or an abstract of your paper, the tool finds possible journals that have published relevant papers.

You can search by keyword, field of study, journal name, publisher or abstract over 28,652 journals.

#Wiley Journal Finder Beta

Once you put the abstract,  it looks for the best journals that have published related research.

Wiley Journal Finder Beta for choosing best academic journal
Wiley Journal Finder Beta

Journal Finder Beta suggests Wiley journals that may be relevant for your research.

Simply you enter your title and abstract of your research article and it will generate a list of potential journals for you to consider.

#Journal Selector (Letpub)

LetPub is a company providing scholarly publishing and editing services.

Letpub's Journal Selector Tool for choosing best journal
Letpub’s Journal Selector Tool

Their “Journal Selector” is a free handy tool for authors to identify journals for publication.

You just place the journals side by side to see the differences and choose the best target journal.

#EndNote: Manuscript Matcher (Clarivate)

For identifying the most relevant and impactful journals to which we may wish to submit our manuscript, Manuscript Matcher uses data from the Web of Science and Journal Citation Reports,.

Once the Manuscript Matcher window opens, cut and paste the title and abstract of your manuscript into the appropriate boxes.

If accessing via EndNote online, select the Group containing the manuscript’s references under References.

Click Find Journals.

#Web of Science Master List

The Web of Science Master list contains a list of approximately 24,000 journals indexed by the Web of Science platform.

The Master Journal List tool lets you find the right journal for your needs across multiple indices hosted on the Web of Science platform.

Spanning all disciplines and regions, Web of Science Core Collection is at the heart of the Web of Science platform.

The collection includes only journals that demonstrate high levels of editorial rigor and best practice.

You can search across the following specialty collections: Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS Previews, Zoological Record, and Current Contents Connect.

#Cofactor Journal Selector

The Journal Selector tool gives you a way to search for a suitable journal for your paper according to options such as its speed of peer review or publication, the type of peer review it uses, how selective it is, options to do with open access and its article publishing charge. 

It’s meant to be used in conjunction with other journal selection tools that are more focused on the subject area.

#Publish and Flourish Open Access

Publish and Flourish OA is a web application and API enabling users to discover relevant and reputable Open Access (OA) publications in order to maximize publishing impact.

Publish and Flourish Open Access journal discovery and suggester tool
Publish and Flourish Open Access

It empowers you to identify credible Open Access (OA) journals that best fit your publication needs.

The main objective of this project is to provide the OA community with the tools they need to separate legitimate OA publications from unethical and potentially predatory publishers.

Updated on 29.09.2021

# SPI-Hub (Scholarly Publishing Information Hub)

SPi-Hub was developed by the Center for Knowledge Management at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The tools lets you search the resources by journal , topic ,author and My citations.

SPI-Hub: Scholarly Publishing Information Hub

Besides, it also explores other free “Resources” available to prospective authors.

SPI-HubTM delivers metadata-based indicators of journal scholarship in 26 categories.

It can be viewed throughout SPI-Hub™ by simply selecting a journal title.

The aforementioned useful journal finder tools will help you to find the right journal. However, I recommend reviewing the aims and scope of the journal before deciding where to submit your research article.

You can also consult with colleagues and academic librarian in your university.

Hopefully, this blog post was useful to you! What other useful journal finder tools have you used to find the right journal for publishing your research?

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