The first step to picking a suitable journal is finding one with appropriate scope for the topic of your research. Try these tools for matching your manuscript to a journal:
Article Processing Charges or APCs are fees charged to the author to have their work published electronically in an open access journal. APCs shift the financial burden of producing a journal (editing, peer review, web hosting, archiving, preserving) from the reader (via subscription fees) to the author. The exact cost can vary widely between journals but be prepared to pay up to $3000 US.
Some publishers will offer a discount on APCs if the author's institution pays for a subscription to that journal. To find out if KRS subscribes to your journal of choice, search using the link below and limit to "Journals Only".
When you’ve written a paper, you own the copyright to that work. You can alter, reproduce, or distribute it however you like.
However, the method you choose to publish your work may affect your copyright. Many traditional publishers ask authors to sign publishing agreements which transfer copyright from you the author, to the publisher. Depending on the agreement, it could mean you no longer have rights to your work, and you would have to ask permission from the publisher to share it, post it online, or alter it in any way.
If you choose to publish in a traditional journal with a publishing agreement, you can still ask to negotiate the terms of the agreement, to allow for more control over your work.
Every journal will have more specific and detailed information on their website for prospective authors, so once you've selected a journal for your work, check that out!
You've worked hard on your research and want it to be amplified in the best way possible. Before selecting a journal for your paper, make sure it's reputable and credible by asking some questions.
Other helpful resources:
"Predatory publishers" take advantage of authors for profit - often with hidden fees and few guarantees. Be aware of the following red flags for untrustworthy publications.
Jeffrey Beall, a former librarian at the University of Colorado Denver (now retired), coined the term "predatory publishers." He investigated suspected scam publishers/journals and maintained lists of them at his blog: Scholarly Open Access. In Jan 2017, his lists and blog were suddenly taken down. Below are links to the lists available through the Internet Archive.
NOTE: These lists are not being updated.
Caveat: Jeffrey Beall has done a wonderful service for the academic community in raising our awareness of this issue, however, he is a controversial figure. He has been accused of lack of transparency since the majority of titles on his list have no accompanying discussion as to why they were included. It is also unethical to rely solely on just one person's opinions.
If a title you want to publish in is on his list then this should raise red flags, BUT....to ensure a full perspective it is necessary that you also do your own analysis of potentially illegitimate journals and publishers.
Articles Discussing the Problems with Beall's List: