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How To Choose the Right Journal for Your Manuscript*

Philip J. Thompson, MB BS, FCCP
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*From the Lung Institute of Western Australia and Centre for Asthma, Allergy and Respiratory Research, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, Australia.

Correspondence to: Philip J. Thompson, MBBS, FCCP, Lung Institute of Western Australia, Ground Floor E Block, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA 6009, Australia; e-mail: pjthomps@liwa.uwa.edu.au



Chest. 2007;132(3):1073-1076. doi:10.1378/chest.07-1340
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There are many variables influencing the choice of journal for manuscript submission. Factors involved include the visibility of the journal, the focus of the journal and how well it matches the topic of the manuscript, the impact factor of the journal, the timeliness of the editorial office process and whether feedback is constructive, journal accessibility, author costs, and the governance of the journal. Among these, the impact factor plays a particularly significant role in choosing a journal, and yet it is also one of the more controversial areas in terms of the way it is utilized. Having a set of guidelines to assess which journals will suit your manuscript best is invaluable and may make a significant difference to your publication success.

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