SPI-Hub™ provides indicators of journal scholarship expressed through metadata in 26 fields (e.g., indexing status in biomedical databases, stated adherence to publishing policies/best practices, reporting of open access policies such as fees and licensing options), which can be viewed throughout SPI-Hub™ by simply selecting a journal title.
Search for your topic to see which journals publish articles on that topic. Some journals accept only certain types of publications, if this is the case then while searching in PubMed apply filters to limit to the required publication type.
Who is the intended audience, are they specialized or generalized ones?
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A journal that is indexed in Medline or PubMed is a bonus. But be aware of those that appear in PubMed only because some of its free articles reside in PubMedCentral. For a good journal choice, make sure it is indexed in Medline, as here they do a critical evaluation of journals before accepting them to be indexed in Medline.
This option though might result in more readerships of papers, but may not result in more citations! Here authors may be asked to pay the article processing fee to make the paper freely available. But beware of the many OA publishers that are really predatory and are claiming their journals to be scholarly and peer-reviewed.
Check if it is a peer-reviewed journal, where reviewers critically study the paper manuscript for quality of content and methodology to detect bias. Although this is mostly a subjective activity yet it stands as a good point for the validity of paper, and some utilize a single/double-blinded review process.
Publisher and the editorial board
Check if the journal has a user-friendly organized website, and what is the average time between submissions to publication.
Get advice from colleagues
that have previously submitted to the particular journal you are considering a submission to.