3 new tools for spring/summer 2014

[Listed in alphabetical order]

1. JournalGuide

Research Square, which provides tools and services to hasten the pace of scientific discovery for the global academic community, has launched JournalGuide: A free tool to help researchers publish faster by choosing the best match for their manuscript from the beginning.

Using a central information hub containing primary data from journals, secondary information from public sources, and the shared experiences of researchers who have previously submitted papers to those journals, JournalGuide helps researchers to quickly evaluate scholarly journals in order to determine which ones reach their intended audience.

“JournalGuide enables researchers to make data-driven decisions in order to narrow the field of journals which would be most likely to have an interest in their papers, allowing them to save months of time and frustrating rounds of rejection,” says JournalGuide Co-Founder and Managing Director Keith Collier in a news release.

According to Collier, the days of choosing a journal “because that’s where we always submit” are rapidly disappearing. Noting that open access and online publishing tools have resulted in an explosion of new journal growth–with more than 2,000 journals added to the Directory of Open Access Journals in the past 12 months alone–Collier explains, “JournalGuide’s search tools and central information hub enables researchers to effectively search, sort, filter, and do side-by-side comparisons of journals’ selectivity, publication speed, cost, and open access options.”

JournalGuide works by matching scholarly journals to the content of academic papers so that researchers can immediately determine which journals will be most likely to have an interest in their articles. Researchers can use the title and abstract of a paper to discover which journals have already published articles on similar topics, in addition to searching by journal name, category, or publisher.

By allowing for author feedback, this also helps journals to improve, promoting a level of transparency that has not been available in scholarly publishing in the past.

Authors must be logged in to provide feedback and data are presented anonymously and in aggregate. JournalGuide currently is accepting ratings from authors, but is not yet displaying community data.

While JournalGuide’s most complete journal data are currently in the biomedical fields, the team is working with major publishers to add title/abstract metadata from over 30,000 additional journals, and is gathering general information for the journal-specific pages across all disciplines. Robust keyword-driven search in fields outside of the biomedical sciences will be available by summer 2014.

For more information about JournalGuide, visit www.journalguide.com.

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