To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below:

Journal selection behavior among early-career academicians in Iran: how they choose the most appropriate journal for their publications

Amrollah Shamsi (Medical Library and Information Science, Independent Researcher, Bushehr, Iran)
Brady D_ Lund (Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, USA)
Shohreh SeyyedHosseini (Department of Medical Library and Information Science, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran)
Reza BasirianJahromi (Department of Medical Library and Information Science, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran)

Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication

ISSN: 2514-9342

Article publication date: 10 December 2021

34

Abstract

Purpose

Journals are the essential tools of researchers, especially academicians, to present their scientific findings. So, choosing the right journal helps not only science development but also their academic promotion. The purpose of this study is to examine the factors that Iranian medical researchers consider when selecting scholarly journals in which to submit their work.

Design/methodology/approach

A self-administered online questionnaire was emailed in May 2021, with 101 responses received. The sample included all the faculty members with the role of “lecturer” in Iranian medical universities and who have 1–5 articles in the Scopus database as early-career Iranian medical researchers. The questionnaire consisted of 36 items, divided into five sections: basic information, attitudes and beliefs, ways to choose a journal, problems and familiarity with the components of scientometrics/validity metrics related to journals.

Findings

The findings indicate that these researchers value the expertise of experienced researchers and professionals, like librarians, when selecting publication venues. They often use journal indexes to guide journal selection. They also consider factors like the length of typical peer review and the complexity of submission guidelines when making decisions.

Research limitations/implications

The study of one country, though detecting requirements of journal selection behavior, cannot be generalized to the entire region.

Practical implications

The current study has academic implications as far as decisions on journal selection are concerned. University policymakers in Iran may consider re-examining their emphasis on academicians’ promotion policies at Iranian universities of medical sciences.

Originality/value

These findings may support the work of early-career researchers and those individuals (e.g., librarians) that serve them, as well as publishers and editors of scholarly journals.

Keywords

Citation

Shamsi, A., Lund, B.D., SeyyedHosseini, S. and BasirianJahromi, R. (2021), "Journal selection behavior among early-career academicians in Iran: how they choose the most appropriate journal for their publications", Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/GKMC-09-2021-0146

Publisher

:

Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2021, Emerald Publishing Limited

Related articles