Among the criteria we consider when selecting journals are historical significance of the title, citation analysis, and relevance to a scholarly audience.
We begin by evaluating the journal’s content and scope, its audience, its editors and/or editorial board, and its review process. We also take other factors into consideration, including:
- Publication history, including age, previous titles, and any notable changes across the journal’s existence, such as frequency, scope of content, publisher or editorial staff
- Number of institutional subscribers
- Inclusion in indices of scholarly significance
- Connections to a scholarly organization, school or department, or government branch
- Citation or ranking data, when applicable, such as an ISI rank for the sciences, or any other quantitative measure that may help us determine the journal’s influence in its field
- The journal’s primary language, and any other languages used in the publication
- Accolades and recommendations from our community at large and scholarly organizations
- Highlights, such as seminal works that originally appeared in the journal and notable contributors
- Publications the publisher considers to be the journal’s peers, i.e., to which journals might a scholar looking to publish also have submitted their work?