There are many factors to consider when submitting a manuscript of your research to a scholarly journal for peer review.This guide gives a few resources that can be useful when considering where to publish your research.
Scholarly journals often have very high subscription prices and many libraries find these prices prohibitive. Due to price increases at rates that have exceeded the consumer price index by a substantial margin for several decades, many academic libraries have repeatedly been forced to cancel journal subscriptions. Please be aware that libraries usually pay a higher price for journals than do individuals. This is typically known as an "institutional subscription price".
To check subscription prices and many others details about individual periodicals please try
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
Ulrich's is a continuously updated source of information on over 271,000 periodicals and serials, including scholarly journals, conference proceedings, newsletters and trade magazines from 80,000 publishers in over 200 countries.
Also, individual websites for electronic journals will often list subscription prices for institutions and individuals as well as submission requirements.
The eigenfactor.org website includes data about article processing charges for Open Access Journals and also graphs these charges by article influence scores. Please see http://www.eigenfactor.org/openaccess/
Wide accessibility of a scholarly work allows for, but does not guarantee, a correspondingly wide reading audience and as a result can possibly result in higher number of citations to that work. With the advent of electronic publication of scholarly research, a movement to provide Open-Access to scholarly literature has developed and it has been demonstrated that "open-access articles have a greater research impact than articles that are not freely available" (Antelman, 2004). There is a tremendous range of Open Access permitted by copyright agreements between the authors and publishers of research literature.
The Sherpa site will assist you in finding a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement whether they are traditional 'toll access' publications or 'open access' publications. It is often worthwhile to contact the editors of a journal directly, since permissions and copyright terms are often negotiable.
Also refer to Ulrich's Periodicals Directory for information about a journal's total circulation http://searchit.libraries.wsu.edu/WSU:CP7194828190001451
See also the Directory of Open Access Journals http://www.doaj.org/ for open access scholarly journals. Please be aware that there are some very questionable journals/publishers that use the moniker, "Open Access" Please see Beall’s List: of Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers.
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Antelman, K. Do Open Access Articles Have a Greater research Impact? . College and Research Libraries v. 65 no. 5 (September 2004) p. 372-82
Created 11/05 JRC, Latest Revision, 2/15 JRC