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Dissertation Research, Proposal and Design in Education and Counseling: Publishing

This guide supports all of the dissertation seminars offered by the Cato College of Education.


Identifying Quality Journals

Below are some resources to help you identify journals to which you may want to submit manuscripts. There are a few other statistics that might also be of use such as organizational membership, number of libraries that subscribe, etc. that can be of use to demonstrate accessibility to a given journal if there is no impact or acceptance rate information.

Please contact either of us, if you have any problems locating information.

cabells scholarly analytics database logo

Cabells is the best source for publication information and acceptance rates. Recently it has expanded to also include information about impact when available.

InCites Journal Citation Reports logo

Note about JCR (Incites):

  • JCR (Incites) determines the impact of the journal not what you have written.
  • This database only tracks about 275 education journals primarily in the fields of education leadership & special education although there are a number of technology & content journals included. It does include a large number of psychology journals for those of you in counseling & special education.

Quick Note about impact factor sites: There is no comprehensive source for impact factors. Each source has a limited universe of titles & have their own method of determining impact. 

The following databases will help you determine how often an article has been cited.

Creating a Google Scholar Citation Profile

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar Citations is a good way to keep track of who is citing your writings/research. It will keep track of journal articles, books, chapters in books, dissertations, conference papers & just about anything you have that appears on the web.

To set up a profile you will need a Google account. As UNC Faculty you already have one associated with your 49er credentials. 

  • Start by going to
  • Click on either My Citations or Sign in in the menu bar at the top of the screen. Sign in with your 49er credentials. You may have to use your full uncc email address. If you are take to another uncc login/authentication screen sign in using your regular credentials (username & password). 
  • Click on My Citations. If it's the first time you are using this feature it will walk you through the profile set-up & adding articles.
  • Click on the + Add button & select your articles. 
  • You can add an item manually by clicking the + Add button & then clicking Add article manually in the left column.

After you have added all of you items citation & impact information will appears in the upper right corner of the screen. Take some time to underst& exactly what the different categories are assessing. Unlike Web of Science, Google Citations is trying to measure the impact of your scholarship. As with all of these types of measurements it has its pluses & minuses. 

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