Scholars have increasing opportunities to publish their work both in traditionally published and online only journals. Journal publishers such as Oxford, Wiley, Elsevier, and professional association journals increase opportunities in open access or hybrid journals. Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities is one of many sources to consult for selecting the right journal in social sciences. There are also useful online resources to guide authors in selecting a journal for publishing their research.
Sherpa/Romeo is a database of publisher contracts and copyright agreements. It can be searched by journal title or publisher with direct linking to publishers' journal websites.
The four tools listed below use similar searching algorithms to find the best journals by matching the abstracts or titles of manuscripts.
JANE: Journal/Author Name Estimator identifies potential journals by entering a text, key words or title of a paper to be published and comparing it to similar texts in MEDLINE to find the best matches.
Elsevier Journal Finder works on the same principle as JANE but allows limiting the selection to disciplines.
Springer Journal Selector --- similar to Elsevier tool trying to match the manuscript abstract or title with 2,600 Springer publications.
Edanz Journal Selector will find a journal match in 18,000 journals.
archived version of the Beall's list - a list of potential predatory publishers created by a librarian
An excellent introduction with a listing of print-on-demand publishers originally compiled by a librarian.