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GR ST 529: Preparing Publishable Thesis Chapters

Writing support for graduate students

Do your Research!

There won't be nasty surprises when you do research on journals beforehand!


We usually use article indexes and databases to find articles.  But you can flip that purpose and use indexes to identify journals that are publishing articles on topics similar to your own. This is especially useful if you are working in an interdisciplinary subject area. You might be familiar with journals in your main subject area, but maybe not the other subject(s).  Here are some tools and sites that will be helpful.

Working off-campus?  Be sure to sync Scholar with ISU Library collections! That way you'll connect seamlessly to content the ISU Library owns!  Here's how:

First, choose Scholar's Settings icon, then choose Library Links. Next, type in Iowa State Universityand choose specifically the ViewIt@ISU option.  Save, and you're done!

Sync Google Scholar

Once you find an index in your subject area, search your topic. When you have relevant search results on screen, pay attention to the journals that are publishing these articles.This may help you widen your list of prospective journals, and you may learn of some relevant journals you hadn't known before.

Put together a list of these journals of interest, and investigate them further.



Okay, now that you've got some journals in mind, how can you find quick facts about them - for example, are they really peer-reviewed? Are they open access? Are they still publishing, or defunct? How long has the journal been around? What topics do they publish? Will anyone find your article if you publish in a certain journal?

Note that the Advanced Search of UlrichsWeb can offer a lot of precision to your searches.

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