After doing research for a while, I figured out a topic (1) that nobody has done it before (2) and I think It's pretty cool and valuable (3) to the community in my field. So, I proposed the idea to my professor with some drafts. But, my professor told me to find out if there is any interest in the topic in the publishing industry (journals) If no one cares about that It's not worth it.

It's like I created a paradox. How can I find out the interests in the topic if nobody has done it before?

If you guys have any ideas or tips that can help me I would be really appreciated!


(1) I'm working on Fault Management Framework for Network Function Virtualization.

(2) I cannot find any relevant paper that employs it. They're mostly about Fault Management for SDN or cloud or on a specific problem whereas I want to design a complete solution.

(3) I think it is valuable because It will save time for the deployer/implementor by including all the best practices.

There'are several reasons why this question is different than the one at How to select a journal for publishing? because of:

  • It's not about selecting a journal to publish, It's about whether the journals are interested in my topic. I've already known which ones I want to publish to. It's just that I'm not sure if they're interested in my idea.

  • The question in which mine was marked as duplicated with is much broader than mine I think.

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    Welcome! You may receive faster and more helpful answers if the question is more specific: (1) The nature of the field may be relevant, i.e. theoretical/applied or social sciences/math/biology/engineering etc. (2) You could mention why you feel ABC is valuable, i.e. is it just a hunch, does it fill a gap, have other researchers expressed a need for something similar, etc. May 1, 2018 at 4:14
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    The scope of a journal is rather broad; typically there would be many journals whose scope includes any given idea. Are you saying that your idea falls completely outside the scope of all existing journals? That seems hard to imagine (I'm not saying it's impossible, of course). And your advisor would usually be the person most able to answer this question. May 1, 2018 at 4:30
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    @user2768: Thanks for your comment. What I meant is most of the existing work is trying to solve a specific problem of Fault Management. My idea comes after a question: "Why not build a framework or standard that people can look at and implement the Fault Management system so they can avoid most of the problem found in the literature using industry's best practices"? Is that clear enough? May 1, 2018 at 10:12
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    So you know of "existing works". Submit your work to one of the journals where those were published. May 1, 2018 at 10:21
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    @TrinhNguyen So the existing works define components of a Fault Management system, whereas you want to look at a compete system?
    – user2768
    May 1, 2018 at 12:53

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You should

  1. Make a list of journals that might be relevant to your research.
  2. Look at the scope of each of these journals.
  3. Decide the extent to which your result can fall within the scope of these journals.
  4. Tailor the story of your paper to the journal whose scope best fits your result.

I find that when in doubt, it can be helpful to email the editor of the journal. You can pick a couple potential journals out. Usually within each journal they would have topic editors, or separate editors tending to specific subtopics. Pick one that's closest to yours, and then email to ask if they would be interested in your paper. Even if they are not, they may suggest to you the names of other journals (which you may not otherwise know of), that may be more appropriate for you. Good luck!


Just do it. (Act like you are doing whatever.) Bootleg science is the best.

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