Journal Suggester FAQs - Taylor & Francis

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Taylor & Francis Journal Suggester FAQs

Thank you for using this beta version of the Taylor & Francis Journal Suggester. We hope it helps you to find the most suitable journal for your research article. Please also see our guide to choosing a journal.

Frequently asked questions

How can this suggester help me?
There are thousands of academic journals available today, with many new titles being launched each year. It can therefore be difficult to know which one would be most suitable for publishing your work, especially if you’re working on interdisciplinary research. The Suggester has been designed to produce a shortlist of relevant Taylor & Francis journals for you to consider.

How does the tool work?
The Journal Suggester uses artificial intelligence to match the subjects covered in your article to related content across the corpus of over 4 million articles on Taylor & Francis Online. Simply paste in the abstract of an article you’re working on and click ‘Find relevant journals’. The Suggester will produce a list of journals for you to consider which have previously published articles related to your abstract.

How accurate is the Suggester?
The tool is currently in beta which means that, although it’s already producing helpful results, we’re planning to improve it further. Therefore, you should carefully assess the suggestions using the tips below. Not every suggested journal will always be a close fit for your article.

What should I do once I’ve got the Suggester results?
The Suggester is only designed to be the first stage in a process; giving you a shortlist of options to consider further. Once you have that shortlist, ask the following questions to help narrow down your search:

  • Which of these journals did I consult most often during this research (do any appear frequently in my literature review)?
  • What are the aims and scope of the suggested journals – which of these fit my research most closely?
  • Does my research funder or institution require me to publish open access (OA)? If so, which journals in my shortlist have compliant OA options (see below)?
  • What is the readership of these journals – are they regional journals or international, broad scope or specialist? Use the aims & scope pages to help decide which has the most appropriate readership for your research.
  • What types of peer review do these journals use – which one is my preference?

For more tips on narrowing down your list of options, see our guide to choosing a journal.

Does choosing one of the suggested journals guarantee acceptance?
No, this tool is only designed to give you a list of journals to consider but some will be more appropriate for your research than others. All submitted articles will go through the usual peer review process for your chosen journal and acceptance decisions will be made by the journal’s academic editor.

How do I know whether the suggested journals have open access (OA) options that are right for my article?
A growing number of researchers are choosing to make their articles open access, to help increase the visibility and impact of their research. Many research funders also have policies requiring you to make your published work available through an open access route.

The Suggester indicates which of the following open access options is available for each journal, although you should visit the journal pages on Taylor & Francis Online for full details:

Fully OA. These journals only publish open access articles. Sometimes called gold open access, this means that the final version of all articles in these journals are available for anyone to read, anywhere, forever. You will usually be required to pay an article publishing charge (APC) to publish in one of these journals, however your institution or funder may have arrangements to cover the costs of publishing open access. Discounts and waivers are also available for researchers based in lower-income countries.

Offers OA. Sometimes referred to as hybrid open access, these journals publish both gold open access articles, which are always accessible to everybody, and articles which are usually only available to subscribers. If you submit your article to one of these journals you can therefore choose to make the final version of your article open access by paying an APC. Alternatively you can make use of the free green open access route, by depositing an earlier version of your manuscript in a repository.

Please note that there are a few Taylor & Francis journals that don’t currently publish gold open access articles. These will have neither the ‘Fully OA’ nor ‘Offers OA’ indicator in the Suggester results. However, if you choose to publish in one of these journals you can still make your article available using the green open access route.

How is the data I enter used and stored?

Submitted abstracts are stored and compared with the results given by the tool, and we also monitor what results are clicked on. This information is only used to improve the accuracy of the tool; it is not shared and no data is directly identifying.

Responses entered into the (optional) feedback form are stored and then reviewed manually. This information is used to help us improve both the accuracy of the tool and the user experience.

What if I have any feedback about the Suggester?

We’d love to hear about your experiences of using this beta version of Journal Suggester; good and bad. Please take a couple of minutes to complete the comments form at the bottom of the Suggester page. (Please only use the form for feedback about the Suggester. If you have any questions about publishing your article with Taylor & Francis please see the contact us section of this website.)

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