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Scope of a Journal

The horizon of a domain or the subject matter that something deals with or to which it is relevant including some factors like time, language, form of documents, subject coverage etc. usually constitute towards the scope of a journal. Now let us take an example of two journals from a similar subject published under the same roof.

  • "Milan Journal of Mathematics (MJM) publishes high quality articles from all areas of Mathematics and the Mathematical Sciences. The authors are invited to submit "articles with background", presenting a problem of current research with its history and its developments, the current state and possible future directions. The presentation should render the article of interest to a wider audience than just specialists.” (Source: Springer)
  • “The Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications presents papers that treat mathematical analysis and its numerous applications. The journal emphasizes articles devoted to the mathematical treatment of questions arising in physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering, particularly those that stress analytical aspects and novel problems and their solutions.” (Source: Springer)

After reading the above statements discussing the scope, we can understand that two journal on similar subject can have a contrasting scope. When choosing a journal to publish your research work, one should be attentive enough to choose by reading its scope. Choosing a more relevant journal can enhance the outreach of your research work to get more reads, citations etc.

For example, you have shortlisted the following journals to publish your manuscript.

  • Journal of Information Science
  • Journal of Engineering Science
  • Journal of Computer Science
  • Journal of Computer Applications

Now, if your manuscript is in the domain of ‘Theoretical Computer Science’. By the journal’s name it specifies that manuscript is under their domain, but this does not mean that you should publish your manuscript in any of the journals listed above. Instead you should read about the journal’s scope carefully and then select an appropriate journal.

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