Aims and Scopes of Scholarly Journals

Aims and Scopes of Scholarly Journals
Published on December 15, 2021

It can be overwhelming to try to navigate the ups and downs of scholarly journals. After hours of research, the last thing you want is to spend more time looking for a journal to publish your work. There are so many options, so many words, so many categories… How could you ever decide in which journal to publish your incredible research? 

In order to find the perfect journal for your article, it’s a good idea to understand the type of journal you’re looking at. That’s where the journal’s aims and scope statement come into play. 

In this blog, you will learn what a scholarly journal's aim and scope statement is saying, and how you can use this statement to see if a journal is the right fit for your research.


What is a journal's aims and scope statement? 

The journal’s aim and scope statement can help you know if the mission or goals of the publication align with your research and/or publication. A journal’s aim is the objective of what the publication is trying to accomplish. A journal’s scope is the purpose of what the publication is trying to convey to its readers.


Where can I find the scope of scholarly journals?

Now, you may be thinking something along the lines of “Oh, great! I’m so happy to understand what the journal’s aims and scope statement is! But, where do I find it? Is there a designated section for this information?”

I’m glad you asked. The journal’s aims and scope statement are found in the “About the Journal” section of the journal under the title. Scroll down just a tiny bit, and you will see a subsection frequently titled “Aim & Scope.” It’s usually about a couple of paragraphs in length, so it shouldn’t take up too much of your valuable time.


How to use the aims and scope to see if a journal is the right place for your research

Okay, so you’ve nailed your understanding of what the aims and scope statement is, and where to find it, great work! Only, now, you might be asking yourself, “How do I make this statement useful to my mission of finding a perfect home for my research?”

Another great question!

Oftentimes, the scholarly journal's aims and scope statement will include a plethora of criteria. This is so to help you determine whether the journal you’ve selected is right for you. The statement will typically include the following:

  • A quick introduction of the journal

  • An outline of the material covered in the journal

  • The types of articles published

  • The peer-review policy

  • Information about publishing options

Moreover, the aims and scope statement may also include: 

  • Methodology developments

  • Mathematical components

  • Classes of materials

  • Specific functional elements of the materials

Gaining an understanding of what material is included within a journal can help you better decide in which journal you would like to publish your research. You can use these categories listed above as a sort of guideline or checklist for your own set of criteria. 


Some good questions to ask yourself while you’re navigating a journal’s aims and scope sections could be:

  • Does my research present relevant information to the journal’s intended audience?

  • Does this journal publish in the geographic location I wish to reach? Locally? Globally?

  • Is this journal available to a limited number of readers, or is it easily accessible to the public?

  • How similar is my research to other authors published in this journal?

  • What type of manuscripts does this journal accept?

  • How specific is the content of this journal?

The more specific you get, the better fit you will find for your research.

It’s important to understand that finding a new home for your research can be a difficult task. Sometimes it may take weeks to scan through the specifics of potential journals. Learning how to navigate the aims and scope statement of an online journal is crucial.

Meanwhile, PaperScore is a scholarly publication platform that is not limited to any scope or field of study and publishes papers from all research areas. PaperScore is an international scientific journal that does not accept or reject papers, but rather gives them rating scores and lets the authors decide whether or not to publish their papers along with the reviewers’ comments and scores.


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