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Scientific Publishing: Publication Channels

Choosing a Publication Channel

A researcher or research group should know the major publication channels of their research area through their research work and information retrieval.

There are some points which must be taken into account:

  • the publishing tradition and the practices in the research area
  • in a very specified research area there may be only some scientific journals or conferences
  • the scientific level of the channel which can be evaluated with e.g. the tools described in this guide
  • the need or demand to Open Access publishing either in a Gold Open Access journal, in a Hybrid Open Access journal (paying the Article Processing Charge) or by parallel publishing in LUTPub publication repository (the main recommendation of LUT University)
  • public research funders usually demand Open Access publishing of research results and it is also a strong demand of LUT University and Ministry of Culture and Education

Beware of predators!

According to definition first published in Nature (Grudniewicz at al 2019, 211), predatory journals and publishers prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practices. 

Ways to spot a predatory journal:

Source: Grudniewicz, A. et al. 2019. Predatory journals: no definition, no defence. Nature, Vol. 576, pp. 210-212. 

Publication Forum

Publication Forum (in Finnish often referred to as JUFO) is a rating and classification system to support the quality assessment of research output. To account for the different publication cultures characteristic of various disciplines, the classification includes academic journals, book series, conferences as well as book publishers. The three-level classification rates the major foreign and domestic publication channels of all disciplines as follows:

1 = basic level
2 = leading level
3 = highest level.

Publication Forum is created by the Finnish scientific community and the  evaluation is performed by 23 discipline-specific Expert Panels composed of some 200 distinguished Finnish or Finland-based scholars.

Journal Citation Reports (JCR)

Journal Citation Reports database can be found using LUT Primo Database search.

Key features in Journal Citation Reports allow you to:

  • Focus on desired subject categories, enabling you to review journal titles and key performance indicators in the category
  • Compare multiple journals based on a chosen indicator
  • Evaluate the performance of journals in which you or your organization has published research
  • Recognize trending journals in key research categories
  • Identify the ideal journal in which to publish your forthcoming research


In Scopus it is possible to analyze journals and serials by Scopus CiteScore metrics. 

There are three indicators available:

- CiteScore, CiteScore is based on the average citations received per document. CiteScore is the number of citations received by a journal in one year to documents published in the three previous years, divided by the number of documents indexed in Scopus published in those same three years.

- SJR (SCImago JournaL Ranking), SJR is weighted by the prestige of a journal. Subject field, quality, and reputation of the journal have a direct effect on the value of a citation.

- SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper), SNIP measures a source’s contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field. It helps you make a direct comparison of sources in different subject fields.