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Journal Selection

How can Wallace help you find the journals most suitable for you and your article?

Wallace can help you identify the most suitable international journal for your article and can assist you in answering 45 critical questions that will help you select the ideal journal for your research.

When seeking to have an article published, it is discouraging to wait weeks or months for an acceptance notification, only to be told that your paper has been rejected because you selected an unsuitable journal. If this happens, your research may become outdated and other scholars may publish research on the same topic before you can. In addition, you may be subject to mounting pressure because of promotion or graduation deadlines.

Click the following links to see how our target journal selection process works.

Targeting the right journal requires substantial reading, research, and analysis, and this process generally requires a great deal of time. However, when you compare the time and money spent completing a study to the impact your accepted paper will have on the academic community, you will find that identifying the most appropriate journal is well worth the effort. In the past 10 years, the number of journal submissions has increased substantially while the number of journals has remained largely unchanged. Consequently, you must take the time to locate the journal most suitable for the publication of your research. If you do not have the time or resources to select your ideal journal because you are starting new research, Wallace can lend a hand.

Journal Screening Process

Other “journal selection services” provide only the names of possible target journals and their impact factors. At Wallace, we provide 45 assessment indicator items to help you select the right journal when submitting your paper. Your article is extremely valuable and should be submitted to the journal with the highest likelihood of publishing it. Let Wallace find the ideal journal for you. You can do this yourself, but you may not have the necessary time because of other obligations.

Journal research requires considerable time, and our process employs the extensive experience of the Wallace team to search through numerous databases, dedicating an entire week to gathering relevant information. Only Wallace provides a journal selection service this comprehensive.

Furthermore, our service is more affordable than waiting 6 months just to have your research rejected, and is well worth the reasonable expense when considering the risks of delayed graduation or promotion and allowing similar papers written by other scholars to be published before your own. Please refer to our journal targeting and selection introduction, and use the information provided to better understand how to select journals. Through our service, we offer a list of six journals and provide answers and detailed information regarding the considerations used to assess each journal, prioritized according to the following method.

45 indicators
16 sources
3 databases
2 experienced researchers
+ Approximately 20 working hours

= List of the six journals most suitable for your study, plus additional information that can help with your selection

Reasons that English-language journal papers by native Chinese speakers are rejected or sent back to authors for substantial revision

  • 27% – Poor writing style and use of English
  • 16% – Subject of little novel interest or not generally applicable
  • 13% – Authors did not follow manuscript instructions
  • 9% – Poor-quality supporting figures
  • 8% – Insufficient contribution to the field
  • 7% – Faulty methodology
  • 7% – Outside the scope of the journal
  • 7% – Poor written discussion
  • 4% – Inadequate references
  • 2% – Title not representative of study

As this figure shows, English writing errors are the primary reason that articles are rejected or that journals require substantial revisions be made to papers, whereas failure to comply with journal requirements, scope, and submission rules is to blame in 20% of instances. In fact, most papers are rejected prior to peer review simply because of the above factors. At Wallace Academic Editing, we have helped thousands of researchers in Asia resolve their English writing problems. We are now helping customers comply with journal requirements.

Please upload your full paper, references, and keywords to the Wallace website, and we will determine the most suitable journals for your submission process.

Journal Screening and Targeting Sample

Sample Study Topic:
An Optimal Algorithm for Two-Dimensional Fixed-Side Orthogonal Range Search

Sample Study Keywords:
Range search, computational geometry, sliding binary tree.

Sample Study References:
Bentley, J. L., “Multidimensional binary search trees used for associative searching,” Comm. ACM, Vol. 18, No. 9, pp. 509–517 (1975).

Bentley, J. L.,“Multidimensional divide-and-conquer,” Comm. ACM, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 214–229 (1980).

Lueker, G. S., “A data structure for orthogonal range queries,” Proc. 19th Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, pp. 28–34 (1978).

Willard, D. E., “Predicate-Oriented Database Search Algorithms,” Harvard U. Aiken Lab., Harvard, TR-20-78 (1978).

Chazelle, B., “Filtering search: A new approach to query-answering,” SIAM J. Comput., Vol.15, pp.703–724 (1986).

Chazelle, B., “A functional approach to data structures and its use in multidimensional searching,” SIAM J. Comput., Vol. 17, pp. 427–462 (1988).

Chazelle, B., “Lower bounds for orthogonal range searching: I. The reporting case,” J. ACM, Vol. 37, pp. 200–212 (1990).

Chazelle, B., “Lower bounds for orthogonal range searching: Part II. The arithmetic model,” J. ACM, Vol. 37, pp. 439–463 (1990).

Agarwal, P. K., and J. Erickson, “Geometric range searching and its relatives,” Advances in Discrete and Computational Geometry, Vol. 23, pp. 1–56 (1999).

De Berg, M., van Krefeld, M., Overmars, M., and Schwarzkopf , O. Computational Geometry: Algorithms and Applications, 3rd ed., Springer Press (2008).

Chazelle, B., and Edelsbrunner, H., “Optimal solutions for a class of point retrieval problems,” J. Symbolic Comput., Vol. 1, pp. 47–56 (1985).

Chazelle, B., and Edelsbrunner, H., “Linear space data structures for two types of range search,” Discrete Comput. Geom., Vol. 2, pp. 113–126 (1987).

Klein, R., Nurmi, O., Ottmann, T., and Wood, D. “A dynamic fixed windowing problem,” Algorithmica, Vol. 4 (1989).

45 Journal Selection and Targeting Indicators

Before submission, first check who the responsible editor-in-chief of your target journal is and address the editor by his or her name. If possible, mention any contacts you have that have a relationship with the editor. Have you met the editor at a seminar or do you have mutual friends? Inform the editor-in-chief of why he or she should be interested in your paper. Remember to also first learn about the journal and examine papers that it has published previously.
Add the title of your paper and abstract to the letter, state the length of the article, confirm that the paper has not yet been published, and indicate any research funding/subsidies received. Finally, inquire regarding possible “problems” in the paper to obtain a mini-review of your article. Remember, to achieve an insightful response, a question must be specific.

The following is a sample inquiry:

Dear Dr. [First name, Last name]:
I was given your e-mail address by Professor [name], and I hope you don’t mind my contacting you. I am considering submitting my article, titled [title], for possible publication in your journal, [journal name]. I notice that your journal has published articles on [your general topic] (I am thinking in particular of [title] published last year). Because there are few published studies on [your specific topic], my article may fill this gap and contribute to the understanding of [your research subject].
My article argues that [abstract here].
My article is approximately [number] double-spaced pages long, including footnotes, references, and tables. I have never published this article, nor is it under consideration for publication by any other journal. The study was supported by grants from [name of funders].
Would such an article interest you? Please let me know if you feel that my broader focus on [your topic] would pose a problem for acceptance in your journal. As my section on [subtopic] is quite strong, I could recast the article to focus entirely on this [subtopic]. Thank you very much. I am looking forward to hearing from you.
[Name without any title] [University][Department] [City and Country]


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Garfield, E., Citation Comments, Current Contents, 25, 3-8, June 20, 1994.
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McDonnell, J., Comparing the Hydrology Journals, Eos, Trans. AGU, 78 (20), p. 210, 1997.
Eigenfactor™ Metrics, Eigenfactor™ Score, Article Influence™ Score are Licensed Marks from the University of Washington.
The Eigenfactor™ Algorithm-2008, was developed by the Metrics Eigenfactor™ Project: a bibliometric research project conducted by Professor Carl Bergstrom and his laboratory at University of Washington.


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