The journals PPIGers can submit to (and get eventually accepted)

In this article Marian Petre offers great advices for those who do research on PPIG-related issues and are wondering which publication forum they should go for.

Figuring out where to publish

  • Look at the journals you're reading.
  • Look at the journals you're citing.
  • Look at the journals in which your research colleagues (including your PPIG colleagues) are publishing.
  • Look at the publishing history of someone you would like to emulate – where do they publish, and where did they publish early in their career?
  • You might want to glance at the acceptance rates, impact factors, and circulation figures – but don't be overwhelmed by them.
  • Figure out what you want to accomplish with the publication. Sometimes a wider readership is more important than refereeing; sometimes the reputation of the journal matters to you more than readership; sometimes you'll be looking for a niche market.

Targeting a journal

  • Read the journal's editorial policy or statement of aims and scope: does your topic match the focus of the journal?
  • Look at the editorial board: who is shaping the journal's policy?
  • Many journals also publish a list of reviewers. Who would be reviewing your submission?
  • Consider the audience. Does the journal have the readership you wish to reach? Would the journal's readership have an interest in your material?
  • Look at what's been published in the journal in the past year or two. Consider not just the topics that are covered, but also the form, content, and scope of the articles, the type of studies, the literature they cite, and so on. Is your paper comparable in type and style?
  • Look to see if the journal has a target turn-around time. Some journals publish submission dates with each paper – look to see what the interval is between submission and publication. Often, monthly journals have a quicker turn-around than those published more frequently, but this does not mean that they have a higher acceptance rate.
  • Read the guidelines for contributors (you'd be surprised how many authors neglect to do so, sigh). Pay attention to details like word limits, constraints about figures and tables,

Taking initiative

  • Some journals have a mentoring scheme for young researchers; email the editor and ask. If the journal doesn't have such a scheme, you might ask a wise, experienced, friendly researcher to play such a role for you.
  • Some editors will offer advice prior to formal submission. You might contact the editor asking politely for advice about whether the paper is 'in scope' and appropriate, and how best to present it for the readership. But be warned: some editors will send the manuscript to referees at this point. Also take care: if you ask for advice, then you'd best treat it seriously.
  • Ask someone who has published in the journal about their experience with it. Again, take care: theirs is but one experience.
  • Do keep track of the process. Find out what the timeline is, and then ask politely about progress at appropriate intervals, if you haven't heard from the editor.

Publishing is a process

  • Aim high. Why not? You may succeed, and if you don't succeed, you're likely to learn something.
  • Learn from the process. Rejection is not an end, just a step along the way. If you can't be objective about the referees' reports, then get someone to go through them with you. Take note of the compliments as well as the criticisms.
  • Work through referees' comments systematically. Referees can genuinely help to improve papers, so it's best to assume that they're acting in good faith (and to avoid thinking of them as idiots). If the referee misunderstood, then it's the author's responsibility to make the text clearer.


The following list is by no means complete. The titles offered are ones that have published papers of the sort cited by PPIG authors, or papers cited in such papers. The information is offered in good faith, based on a meander around the internet. I apologise in advance for any inaccuracies, which are inadvertent.

Italics indicate the journals my students most often target.

Programming languages / software engineering

Journal ISSN Publisher other info
ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR) 0360-0300 ACM quarterly
Communications of the ACM 0001-0782 ACM monthly magazine
Empirical Software Engineering (EMSE) 1382-3256 (print)
1573-7616 (electronic)
Springer bi-monthly
IEEE Computer 0018-9162 IEEE Computer Society monthly
IEEE Software 0740-7459 IEEE Computer Society bi-monthly
IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE) 1939-3520 IEEE Computer Society bi-monthly
ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (ToSEM) 1049-331X ACM quarterly
IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics 0018-9472 IEEE monthly in three parts:
Part A: Systems and Humans
Part B: Cybernetics
Part C: Applications & Reviews
International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (IJSEKE) print: 0218-1940
online: 1793-6403
World Scientific bi-monthly
Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution: Research and Practice 1532-060X Wiley bi-monthly or quarterly
Journal of Systems and Software 0164-1212 Elsevier monthly;
Impact Factor: 1.241
Journal of Visual Languages and Computing 1045-926X Elsevier – Academic Press bi-monthly;
Impact Factor: 0.863
Software: Practice and Experience 0038-0644 Wiley monthly?
Software Process: Improvement and Practice 1077-4866 Wiley bi-monthly or quarterly
Software Testing, Verification & Reliability 0960-0833 Wiley quarterly


Journal ISSN Publisher other info
Behaviour and Information Technology print: 0144-929X
online: 1362-3001
Taylor & Francis bi-monthly
2008 Impact Factor: 0.915
Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) 0925-9724 (print)
1573-7551 (online)
Springer erratically bi-monthly
Ergonomics print: 0014-0139
online: 1366-5847
Taylor & Francis monthly;
2008 Impact Factor: 1.604
Human Computer Interaction 1532-7051 (electronic)
0737-0024 (paper)
Taylor & Francis quarterly;
2007 Impact Factor: 2.476
ACM Transactions on Computer Human Interaction (ToCHI) 1073-0516 ACM quarterly
Interacting with Computers 0953-5438 Elsevier bi-monthly
impact factor 1.103
International Journal of Human Computer Interaction print ISSN: 1044-7318
online ISSN: 1532-7590
Taylor & Francis bi-monthly
2008 Impact Factor: 0.321
International Journal of Human Computer Studies 1071-5819 Elsevier – Academic Press Monthly
Impact Factor: 1.769

CSEd / Education

Journal ISSN Publisher other info
British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET) print: 0007-1013
online: 1467-8535
Wiley-Blackwell bi-monthly;
2008 Impact Factor:1.041
Computer Science Education print: 0899-3408
online: 1744-5175
Taylor & Francis - Routledge quarterly
Computers and Education 0360-1315 Elsevier quarterly;
impact factor 2.190
Education and Information Technologies 1360-2357 (print)
1573-7608 (online)
Springer quarterly
IEEE Transactions on Education 0018-9359 IEEE Computer Society quarterly
Interactive Learning Environments 1049-4820 (print)
Routledge / Taylor & Francis Group quarterly
International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning 1556-1607 (print)
1556-1615 (online)
Springer quarterly
Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching (JCMST) 0731-9258 AACE quarterly
Journal of Educational Computing Research print ISSN: 0735-6331
On-Line ISSN: 1541-4140
Baywood Publishing Company 8 issues per year
Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia 1055-8896 AACE quarterly
Journal of Educational Technology and Society 1176-3647 (print)
1436-4522 (online)
International Forum of Educational Technology & Society quarterly;
2008 impact factor 0.904
Journal of Engineering Education 1069-4730 ASEE quarterly
Instructional Science 0020-4277 (print)
1573-1952 (electronic)
Springer bi-monthly
Journal of Interactive Learning Research 1093-023X AACE quarterly
Journal of Interactive Media in Education (JIME) 1365-893X The Open University online, variable
Learning and Instruction 0959-4752 Elsevier bi-monthly
Impact Factor: 1.435
Learning Environments Research 1387-1579 (print)
1573-1855 (online)
Springer 3 times per year
Inroads (Bulletin of the ACM SIGCSE) 0097-8418 ACM soon to be quarterly; edited, not refereed, but wide circulation
Review of Educational Research online ISSN: 1935-1046
print ISSN: 0034-6543
Sage impact factor 2008: 3.361


Journal ISSN Publisher other info
Creativity Research Journal 1532-6934 (electronic)
1040-0419 (paper)
Routledge – Taylor & Francis quarterly
Design Studies 0142-694X Elsevier bi-monthly;
Impact Factor: 1.115
International Journal of Design 1994-036X (online)
1991-3761 (print)
3 per year
Acceptance Rate: 23 %


  • Journal of Systems Management
  • MIS Quarterly


  • British Journal of Psychology
  • Cognition
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Computers in Human Behaviour (0747-5632 bi-monthly; 2007 impact factor 1.344)
  • European Journal of Cognitive Psychology
  • Irish Journal of Psychology
  • Journal of Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology
  • Journal of Eye Tracking Studies
  • Journal of Memory and Language
  • Journal of Occupational Psychology
  • Memory and Cognition
  • Organisational Behaviour and Human Performance
  • Personnel Psychology
  • Psychology
  • Psychology Review
  • Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
  • The Psychological Record

Note: Psychology journals have a style all of their own, and often politics to match. Do your homework before submitting – work out exactly what sorts of paper the journal publishes, who the referees are, and what sorts of credentials they expect.

Marian Petre, The Open University

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