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Nursing Resources

This guide is designed to help Emory students, faculty, & staff access library resources, find scholarly literature & tools related to nursing.

Free Journal Selector Tools

Wondering where to submit your article? Use a journal selector to help choose an appropriate journal.  Enter your abstract or title to find journals that have published articles with similar terms.

Directory of Nursing Journals

Publishing in a Quality Open Access Journal

   Have you been invited to publish your research in an online journal?  

Unfortunately, some companies deceive researchers into paying exorbitant fees to publish in what turns out to be a fake or low-quality journal. Before you begin negotiations, verify the publisher is legitimate. Open access publishing often does use an ‘author-pays fee’, but for that fee, your paper should be peer-reviewed and edited by professionals before publishing. When looking for a potential publication, follow these tips to make sure your research doesn't end up in the wrong hands.


  • Check the About page of the journal's website. Is it owned by a recognized society or institution? Do they have a physical address?
  • Find the journal's ISSN (International Standard Serial Number). Use Emory's subscription to Ulrichs Periodical Directory to check that it is legitimate and peer-reviewed.
  • Where is the journal indexed?  For instance, if it is not “Currently indexed for MEDLINE” then it will not be findable in PubMed. Look it up in Journals in NCBI Databases.
  • Is submission to publication time typical or do they guarantee a quick turn-around time?
  • Read their statement on the peer-review process. Are papers accepted without review?
  • Check the metrics listed by the journal. Use Journal Citation Reports to confirm impact factors listed on the website.
  • Read some of the published articles. Are they of high quality? How many have been published?
  • Look at their editorial board. Are they experts in your field that you are familiar with?
  • Ask your librarian for help!



  • Don't assume they're legit because they approached you. Many companies actively solicit manuscripts or use phishing and spam to get your attention.
  • Don't be taken by copy-cat journal titles. Look at the journal's website. Is the graphic design of high quality? Is the style purposely mimicking established journal titles?  Are there advertisements?
  • Don't sign a copyright agreement form until you verify the content use and re-use stipulations. Check for a SHERPA/RoMEO listing and also check to see if the journal is registered with the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
  • Check that the journal hasn't been bought out by faux publishers (called hijacking), even titles that may be indexed in MEDLINE.
  • Don't agree to an unreasonable open access fee. Most fall between $1500-$5000. Make sure the fee is visible on their website.

Still unsure?  Ask A Librarian for assistance or use the Think, Check, Submit online tool.


Are you an author who shares a name with someone else?  Create a ORCID iD, an online persistent identifiers for people.  

Go to to get started.

Other Quality Indicators

There are several strategies and metrics commonly used to assess publication and research quality and impact.

The Impact Factor is a measurement of average citations received over a two year period.  Does the journal have an impact factor?  If not, are other measurements available to determine if scholars are reading and citing articles from this journal?

The H-Index is a popular tool for determining relative impact of an author's work by qualifying an author's cited publications. The H-index is defined as the value of (H) that is equal to the number of papers (H) that have that (H) or more citations.

Finding times cited provides information about how many times an article has been cited and by which publications.  This count can be used to follow the scholarly conversation provoked by a particular article.  Citation counts are also used to determine the impact of an article or articles produced by an author. Times cited counts can also retrieved from Web of Science and the Scopus databases.

More Information

References: Beaubien, S, Eckard, M. (2014). Addressing Faculty Publishing Concerns with Open Access Journal Quality Indicators. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 2(2):eP1133.