Check the journal's website to verify its peer review policy. Is it open? blind? double-blind? Does it guarantee timely review?
Frequency: how many numbers are issued every year?
Speed: what would be an acceptable turnaround time in your discipline? Does it offer an online first or online advance posting of your article after peer review and before formal publication?
Topic relevance and writing style
Does your article fit in with the journal's aim and scope? Sample previous issues to get an idea of the type of articles that are published. Does the journal mainly publish applied, clinical or basic research? If yours is a review article, does it publish these? Do the titles appear in the results of a literature review on your topic?
Indexing and abstracting
Is the journal indexed in major databases in your field (Scopus, Ebsco, etc.)? This will have an impact on your article's discoverability. Search Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory to see where the journals you are considering are indexed.
Impact factors and journal rankings
Do the terms of the publisher's copyright or licensing agreements allow you to use your work in the ways you would like to? See our section on negotiating copyright for more information.
Is the journal widely available? Consider the subscription cost of the journal (sometimes listed in Ulrich's Web or on the publisher's website). Who would be able to afford access? Is it Open Access?