How to choose a Scopus journal will greatly affect whether or not your manuscript passes. If all this time you've been struggling through the review process which is quite tiring but also not successful, don't despair. This does not mean that your manuscript is not of high quality and has no potential to be published on Scopus. It could be because of the way to choose the Scopus journal that was not shot correctly.
Scopus indexed international journals with qualification 4 (Q4) are not always easy to penetrate. However, not a few Scopus Q4 journals have a great chance of receiving your manuscript.
Indeed, for beginners, to be precise, Scopus Q4, but what kind of Q4 is it? This is what we will discuss in this article.
Tips for Choosing a Scopus Journal
The characteristics of Scopus journals that have a high chance of being penetrated are:
1. Scopus Qualification Journal Q4
Scopus divides the ranking of its journals according to the highest to the lowest rank into 4 sections, namely Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q4. It is very appropriate if you are a beginner who has never submitted to a Scopus journal, the target is Scopus Q4.
However, if you feel capable, please choose a higher qualification, for example Q2 or Q3. It is said to be capable if the manuscript you create comes from quality research results with good novelty. In addition, it is also supported by clear research methods and the use of good gamma.
However, if you have tried to submit many times and have not succeeded, it would be better to look for a Q4 journal instead. After success, then upgrade to a higher level journal such as Q3 or Q2.
2. High Journal Issue
Journal issue is the number of journal publications in each year. Another name for this issue is vol or volume. In national journals, it is often referred to as edition.
Each journal has a number of various issues, there are 2 but there are up to 24. If a journal has 2 issues, it means that the journal publishes its articles 2 times a year.
Why is it necessary to choose a journal with a high issue?
The more journal issues, the more opportunities to be accepted. Because the publishing time span is relatively short, the competition between authors will be lighter. That is why we are aiming for journals with a large number of issues.
In general, journals have a number of issues 2 to 4 times a year. But you need to know that there are also journals that have issue 24. This means that the journal is published 2 times a month. Well, this kind of journal is what you need to aim for.
But if you have trouble finding it, it is recommended to aim for journals with more than 12 issues.
How to Check Scopus Journal Issues
The easiest way to find out the number of Scopus journal issues is with SJR (Scimago Journal & Country Rank) by visiting the Scimagojr [dot] com website.
Through Scimagojr, you can find out the profile of the journal you are aiming for. You can look at journal rankings, scope, H-index, and so on there.
Once you find a shooting journal, you can visit the journal's website to find out the number of issues. Indeed, SJR does not include the URL address of the journal, but you can search for it on Google by typing the name of the journal like the one in the SJR.
If your manuscript is rejected by the Scopus journal editor, it does not mean that your manuscript is not qualified. But it's more about how you target the journal of the wrong choice. Look for journals that have a good chance of accepting your manuscript.
Scopus Q4 journals are relatively easy to penetrate. But not always easy, depending on the issue issued. The higher the issue of the journal, the easier it is for you to penetrate.