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For Researchers

Library resources and services to assist Southern Cross University researchers throughout the research lifecycle

Where do I publish?

Find a peer reviewed journal

A peer reviewed journal contains articles that have been reviewed by a panel of experts prior to publication.

Check Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory to see if a journal has been peer reviewed/refereed. Look for the Referee's shirt symbol.

HINT: When you search various Databases you may have an option to restrict your search to scholarly / peer-reviewed / academic articles.

When using the Australian Informit Databases, click on "Browse title" underneath an article citation, for information on a journal status.


A journal's impact factor is a statistical measure of its influence on the global research community, using such measures as the number of times its articles are cited in the literature. Library resources that can help to measure impact factor include:

  • Scopus Journal Analyzer - login to Scopus and select the Analytics tab.
  • Web of Science - login to Web of Science and search your topic. Web of Science lists the Source titles by record count which enables you to identify those journals which publish the most articles in your area of interest. Web of Science is the 2018 citation data supplier for the ERA Process.

Useful advice on getting published

Reputable vs predatory publishers

There is no single indicator that can confirm the quality of a journal. Use the tips in this chart to help you assess the legitimacy of a journal or publisher. 

The SCU Division of Research also has valuable advice on choosing a reputable publisher.