How to find the right journal in the Scopus database

After a scientist finishes his scientific research and prepares them in the form of an article, a reasonable question arises: “Where to publish this scientific work? How to find a bona fide publication that is indexed in an international scientific citation database? ”


To quickly find the necessary magazine in the Scopus database and protect yourself from predatory publications, you must perform the following actions (the list includes general search approaches, they are not the only correct ones and give a general idea of ​​the movement vector to solve the problem, and the provided screenshots and magazine names are only given as examples):

  1. Take advantage of the search capabilities of Scientific Journal Rankings.

Filters let me choose the necessary edition from tens of thousands of journals of the Scopus citation database.

– The Subject Area filter allows you to highlight the industry or focus of scientific knowledge.

– Subject Categorizer – corresponds to a category, for example, the category of “jurisprudence” in the “social sciences” industry.

– The Region / Country filter allows you to select a geographic region.

– Filter Type – defines the type of publication.

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As a result of the use of such filters, the result was obtained: 16 legal publications of the East European region, which belong to the Social Sciences.

The author should take into account that the article should match the journal’s problems as much as possible, this increases the chances of successful publication of materials, a high citation rate, and, consequently, the rating of the scientist in scientific circles (h-index Scopus).

  1. Select a magazine from the list.

As indicated in paragraph 1, the list of suitable journals will consist of many items. From this list you have to choose one edition that best suits the author. To do this, you should study:

– The number of articles that have been published in this journal for the last calendar year or 3 years. We assume that the fewer articles the publication publishes, the more difficult it is to get into it – the competition is higher and the selection is tougher.

– The quartile of the journal is a statistical indicator that characterizes its citation, and as a consequence, its authority among scientists. Magazines are distributed over 4 quartiles, some publications can belong to several quartiles if they fit several sections. Q1 (quartile of the magazine of the highest category) – a highly rated publication does not have open access, it is published by authoritative publications and universities. It is distributed only by subscription, has a high cost of publication, a significant time for consideration of the manuscript by the editorial board. Q2 (quartile of the highest category magazine) is a publication that accepts only impeccably designed and interesting manuscripts. The cost of publication, as well as the timing of the consideration of scientific materials by the editorial board is significant. Q3 (quartile magazine of the middle category) – magazines for beginners or less well-known publishers. These include high-quality and conscientious journals, which are quite reliably entrenched in the citation base, but do not tighten the requirements for articles, do not overestimate the organizational fees. Q4 is the initial category, it includes beginner or slowly developing publications. A good option for a young and inexperienced publication scientist, such as a graduate student. Here you need to pay attention to the rating, it must be above zero.

The screenshot shows the magazines with quartile Q2, Q3, Q4 and rating on the platform. We assume that magazines under numbers 2 and 3 are more affordable and give more chances for success.

– The number of citations of the magazine – shows how many citations the materials of this journal received, published the last 3 calendar years. The screenshot shows that one magazine has a low citation rate, and the second one has a rate of 0. This may indicate that the magazine recently got into the citation database and did not manage to prove itself, but if there is a choice, then you should stop it at Edition 1.

– Country or region of publication of the magazine. This characteristic is also important, since in neighboring countries the problems of the author’s scientific materials may be more relevant, relations with the scientific community more fruitful, and research materials and methods understandable. Therefore, it is preferable to choose the Polish edition from the list of magazines (screenshot).

If the choice of the magazine is made, then you need to find and study its official website. At the same time, pay attention to the information about the publisher, the rules for the manuscript, the cost of publication, the frequency of issues and other information that is necessary for a holistic understanding of the process of publishing scientific materials.

If, for example, the cost of publishing in this journal is too high or the information on the site is alarming, select the next journal or change the search parameters.

  1. Check the scientific journal.

Despite the fact that the SJR portal takes information from an official source – the Scopus base, the selected journal is worth checking. For example, for publication on engineering, a magazine with good performance was chosen (see screenshot).

By clicking on the title of the publication, we get additional information about it, namely: it is published in Slovenia; indexed in Scopus since 2015, with several sections; an academic organization is a publisher. This information provides the necessary knowledge about the publication and requires further cooperation.

The next step is to check the journal on the Scopus citation database website according to the name or ISSN number. The latter is more reliable, it eliminates the possibility of confusing this magazine with another, which has a consonant name.

If the journal is indeed indexed in the database, then a search will show it. It should be noted that the site allows you to find magazines that were previously indexed in Scopus, after which, for some reason, cooperation was terminated. This information is indicated next to the title of the publication. In this case, the journal successfully interacts with the scientific citation base.

The magazine’s statistics show that the publication is indexed in the “so far” database. The name, industry, ISSN, and publisher details are also fully verified. By clicking on the “Journal Homepage”, the transition to the official website of the publication. If there is no such button, you can use the Google search engine and find the official website of the magazine according to the name or ISSN code.

Thus, the author can select and check the journal for posting his scientific materials, avoid cooperation with an unscrupulous publisher and successfully publish the manuscript.