How to identify the right journal to publish in

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After investing so much time and effort in your manuscript, you want to find a journal that has a suitable scope and the quality level you are looking for – not always an easy task.


In this webinar recording, two experts walk you through the points to should consider when evaluating a journal. Elsevier’s Dr. Wim Meester, Head of Scopus Product Management, shares a helpful checklist he has created. He explains where to look for a journal, how to assess a journal's scope, and how close the match should be with your paper. 

A journal's ethical practice is another important factor. Dr. David Rew, from the Scopus Content Selection Advisory Board, looks at what determines a good journal (and what constitutes a bad one!). And, he highlights the signs you should pay attention to.


You’ll come away with a thorough knowledge of the steps required to select the right home for your research, improving your chances of publication success.

About the presenter

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Wim Meester
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Head of Product Management, Scopus, Elsevier

Dr. Wim Meester holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, he changed from being an active researcher to research administration by joining the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) as Program Manager for Chemical Sciences.

In 2006, Wim joined Elsevier as a Publisher for the Animal Science, Forensic Science and Legal Medicine journal portfolios. Since 2010, Wim has been working for Scopus, the largest multidisciplinary abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

Currently Wim is the Head of Product Management for Scopus in the Research Applications & Platform group. In this role, he is responsible for the content selection policy and content strategy for the Scopus database.

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David Rew
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Consultant General Surgeon, University Hospital Southampton

David Rew has been a Consultant General Surgeon at the University Hospital Southampton in the United Kingdom and Honorary Senior Lecturer to the University of Southampton since 1999. He was previously an Honorary Consultant Surgeon to the University Hospitals of Leicester UK from 1994 to 1999.

He was Editor-in-Chief of the EJSO, the European Journal of Surgical Oncology from 2003 to 2009 and a member of the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Council from 2008 to 2010.

In 2009, David was appointed as Medical Subject Chair of the SCOPUS Content Selection Advisory Board (CSAB). The SCOPUS CSAB is an independent group of experienced subject editors, librarians and bibliometricians from the spectrum of STM, Arts and Humanities journals. It meets twice yearly to advise on quality standards and more generally on the strategic direction of Scopus, which makes available the abstracts and metrics of approximately 18,000 journals.

Under David Rew's leadership, the CSAB has advanced discussions and has developed and promoted clear policies on publication ethics and publication malpractice. This program has been implemented on a universal basis within SCOPUS and for all applicant journals.

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