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I am planning to submit an article to an unindexed WOS journal. However, I think that since this journal in the WOS journal list, it will market itself one way or another and let's say in a few years it may be indexed and will have a great impact factor.

There are some key considerations:

  • the journal's publisher is well known UK publishing company
  • the publication cost is free
  • the volumes are published two times per year.
  • my field is computer and information security.

My question: Is it worth considering to publish with the long-term goals that the journal will rise (here the barrier to enter is not very difficult, but I think it's a bit lower than for already-known journals) or is it better to stick with the already established journals with good impact factors?

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  • why don't you mention the name of this secret journal? – Coder Nov 17 '17 at 17:24
  • Its not the secret, but to avoid the the so-called "marketing purposes" i can say its "taylors and francis" journal – mydreamadsl Nov 17 '17 at 18:37
  • It seems to me that this depends on what country you're in (or plan to be in) and probably also on your employer. The main issue, in my opinion, is (1) whether anyone will care about indexing and impact factors and (2) if so, then whether the journal you're considering will meet that anyone's criteria by the time they care. – Andreas Blass Nov 18 '17 at 23:54
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    @JeffE Unfortunately, there seem to be not only universities but whole countries whose governments use ratings of journals to assess the quality of research. – Andreas Blass Nov 19 '17 at 22:03
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    Fair point. And if you live in such a country, the answer to this question is clear: Don't risk it. Do the minimum work required to definitively check off the stupid bureaucratic requirement and move on. – JeffE Nov 20 '17 at 1:17