Important note re FoR codes: The release of a revised Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification now supersedes the cluster, group and FoR code information in this tool. For more information please refer to the Journal Finder home page.
YOUR GUIDE TO THE BEST JOURNALS
Journal Finder is a tool to help all Western Sydney University researchers compare and evaluate the relevant journals in their field, with the aim of ensuring your work is published in high quality outlets that fit the scope of your research appropriately. Journal Finder provides contextual information on how a journal counts towards a particular field of research in Australia, as well as additional data and links to external sources to aid comparison.
It is highly recommended that you use Journal Finder to identify and compare a list of relevant journals to target BEFORE you write the article. Ensuring your work fits the scope, aims and criteria of the journal before you have submitted it for consideration enhances the likelihood of acceptance.
This tool is best accessed on the latest version of Google Chrome.
Do not use the ‘back’ button on your browser. Instead, click on the Journal Finder header in the red band at the top. However, when browsing by research cluster there is a back button built in to that menu.
If you would like to know more about the rationale behind this project, please click here to read a position paper.
FIELD OF RESEARCH CODES
Journal Finder has now been updated to reflect the release of a revised Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification, ANZSRC 2020. The Groups of Research menu lists all the new 2 digit level Fields of Research (FoR) codes and headings; while the drop down menu under each heading lists all the new 4 digit level FoR codes and categories.
The still-current ERA 2018 Journal List, which assigns FoR codes to each journal, uses the previous ANZSRC 2008 codes. Because the Journal List has not been updated along with the release of the new classifications, it is not possible to formally assign the new codes to the journals. However, the Library team has updated the information in Journal Finder to provide indicative mapping for existing journals on the list. This mapping was produced as part of the new classification release.
When you search for publications at either a 2 digit or 4 digit FoR code level, you will now see a column containing the ‘Mapped FoRs’ from the 2020 release alongside a column that lists the previous ‘FoRs’ (2008) assigned by the ARC to that journal.
Please note that journals are assigned either a 2 digit level or a 4 digit level FoR. This means that you will retrieve a different list of publications based on the digit level of the search you perform. For e.g.: searching under FoR code ‘52 Psychology’ will load 1184 journals; while searching under FoR code ‘5203 Clinical and Health Psychology’ will load 860 journals (separate from the previous 2 digit level list).
JOURNAL FINDER HELP GUIDE
If you would like to understand how to use Journal Finder and some context around why it is a useful tool, please click here to access the help guide.
SEARCH BY FIELD OF RESEARCH
Please select a 2 digit FoR category from the left-hand panel, or click on the drop down arrow to view and select a 4 digit category.
Last Updated, Dr Jason Ensor, 14 December 2021 Version 1.3
Authored by the Western Sydney University Library.
Project Team: Dr Jason Ensor (Lead & Developer, 2014-)
Tracy Donelly (2021-), Lucy Walton (2021-)
Katrina Trewin (2019-2021), Ria Hamblett (2019-2021)
Susan Robbins (2014-2018), Michael Gonzalez (2014-2018).
Western Sydney University CRICOS Provider No: 00917k.