I am looking for proper journals to publish my paper. I took a look at journals of references I used in my paper. Since the scope of my paper is the same as those references, I thought I should also send my paper to those journals.
I tried Elsevier journal finder. However, when I sorted according to match relevance, none of the journals that reference papers published in showed up in search results. In fact, my search results and that for references are the same.
Its normal that even though a journal is very related to scope of author's paper, the author could still prefer to publish in different lower impact factor journal to save review time and get acceptance quickly. But one of the references I am talking about published in high impact factor journal although that journal does not show up in search results when I input title and abstract.
Does this show that journal finder is not on point yet or that some authors somehow can break scope of journals?