I have written a journal paper and my supervisor has asked me to submit it in a journal whose impact factor should be close to one. I have searched for journals of Springer, Elsevier and IEEE and made a list . As I don't have any experience with journal submission. I am confused in many points.

1- What is an "ISSUE" in journal?

2- Importance of impact factor journals

3- I have found some related journals but they are not open access and neither call for paper is mentioned.

4- One Springer journal is relevant but its current issue is not relevant http://www.springer.com/engineering/signals/journal/13638

5- What will happen if i submit in a journal that is not open access and call for paper is not mentioned?

What should i do now? Please suggest me? As my supervisor said he does not know more about them :(


One by one:

  1. In the past, when journals were published in paper, the journal would collect a certain number of papers / pages and print them all together to make an issue. It's no different from e.g. reading a magazine or newspaper, "issue X". Each year the issues are collected into a volume. The practice has persisted. When you check a reference you might see, journal X volume Y issue Z, which tells the reader where to search for the paper referenced.
  2. Impact factor is a metric for how many citations the journal's papers get. It's calculated by number of citations received in two years divided by the number of articles published (with some subtle details). In general the higher the impact factor is the more prestigious the journal.
  3. You don't have to submit to an open access journal. Many subscription-based journals can still accept open access papers for a fee (the so-called "hybrid model"). You also don't have to wait for a call for papers - journals are usually always looking for papers; the call for papers is when they have a specific topic they want to focus on.
  4. If your paper is within the scope of the journal, the journal should consider it. Whether or not the latest issue is relevant is not important.
  5. Nothing in particular - your paper gets considered as normal.

It sounds like you are unsure what open access is as well. Open access is when the author pays the publisher to publish the paper, and the publisher makes the paper free to read and access. Subscription is when the author does not pay the publisher, but the paper is behind a paywall and any reader must pay the publisher to access them.

What to do: submit your paper to a relevant journal. You don't have to wait for an invitation or call for papers. If you are submitting to an open access journal, check with your supervisor or librarian if there are funds to pay for the article processing fee. This varies from journal to journal and publisher to publisher. I checked the EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking's charges for you: £905/$1420/€1155 for each article accepted for publication.

Good luck!

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  • Not all open access journals require the author to pay (and one should be careful with the ones that do). – Tommi Jan 4 '18 at 5:32
  • @TommiBrander almost all open access journals require the author to pay, otherwise it's a magical Christmas-land where the editors, publishers, typesetters etc are working for free. There are very few of these "platinum open access" journals. More plausible is publishing an open access article for free because of some promotion on the part of the publisher. Predatory OA journals need to be identified and dealt with in a different way. – Allure Jan 4 '18 at 5:55
  • I know a number of math journals which don't require a fee and don't put the article behind a paywall. They are not many, but they do exist. – Tommi Jan 4 '18 at 11:18
  • Thank you so much @user3727079. Its now very clear to me. Much obliged. Plus I have asked at the department for the research fund and it is $800. I have selected few journals whose charges are within this range and their aims are close to my topic. Thanks Again. – MentorGeek Jan 4 '18 at 13:50

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