What types of peer-reviewed journals exist?


All scientific journals can be divided into several categories:


1. By geographical location:

  • Published in the country in which the scientist works.
  • Foreign.

More attractive are those that are foreign, since the published article will be able to read and use more scientists from other countries.


2. By indexing in the resources of scientific periodicals:

  • Indexed.

It should be noted here that there are resources for indexing scientific periodicals of various levels of trust and prestige, the Web of Science Core Collection and Scopus are considered the most prestigious in the world.

  • Not indexed.

The wider the indexing of a scientific journal, the more attractive it is for a scientist, since scientists and colleagues from around the world will be able to find a scientist’s publication in indexing resources.


3. By scientometrics:

  • Journals that are included in scientometric databases and various scientometric indicators are calculated for them.

If the journal is indexed in Scopus, then these are SNIP, SJR, Hirsch index, CiteScore.

If the journal is indexed in Web of Science, then this is an indicator of impact factor.

  • Not scientometric journals.


4. By type of access to full texts of articles:

  • Open access – readers can read the full article for free. As a rule, in such journals the author pays for publication.
  • Closed access (subscription) – the reader must pay for access to the full text of the article. As a rule, publication in such journals is free. Also, journals of this type can pay royalties to their authors.
  • Closed access with an embargo period – a closed access journal, but publications after a period set by the publisher become open access publications.
  • Hybrid – a closed access journal, but if desired, the author can pay for open access for its article.