How to use the aims and scope to know if a journal is the right fit for your research
Once you have read the journal’s aims and scope, consider the following points:
Is your research relevant to the journal’s audience? Consider whether the language is too technical for a journal that has a large, general readership, or if your research is too country-specific for a journal with a global audience. Are the journal’s readers experts in several subjects, or more specialized in one?
Is your article type appropriate for the journal? For example, the journal may not accept editorials, or clinical studies.
Is your work too similar to other articles in the journal? Your manuscript needs to be a good fit, but the journal may not accept your article if there are too many similarities with existing articles. This does not apply across the board, for example F1000Research publishes without editorial bias, welcoming original articles regardless of novelty.
Note that It’s important to reference the aims and scope of the journal in your cover letter. This will show the editor that you have taken the time to fully consider how your paper is a good fit for the journal, and how it will help to achieve the purpose of the journal.
How to find the aims and scope of a journal on Taylor & Francis Online