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Publish Your Work

Make sure your work has the most impact by choosing the right publication. Take the following into consideration as you navigate the publication process.

Choose a publisher

Assess Impact 

Use the Journal Citation Reports database to determine the impact factor of a journal or compare multiple journals. 

Other useful metrics include:

Qualitative Factors

Your journal evaluation should also consider qualitative measures such as its editorial board, publisher, peer review process, acceptance rate, and where it is indexed. 

Open Access

Open Access publishers and repositories are an alternative to traditional publication models. Open Access publishing makes materials available to readers for free and often have less restrictive author copyright and licensing terms than traditional publishers, giving you more options for your work.

Open Access journals may charge publication fees. UNE Library Services does not provide funding to cover these fees. Publication fees can be included in grant applications, or some publishers may provide waivers or discounts.

Options for open access publishing include:

Dune: Digital UNE
UNE’s Open Access Repository, DUNE:Digital UNE is available to host works by UNE students, faculty, staff and alumni. For information about publishing in DUNE contact Digital Access Librarian Bethany Kenyon.
Subject Repositories
There are many subject/discipline specific repositories that accept submissions by authors from any institution. See your options in the Simmons College list of open access repositories by subject/discipline.
DOAJ
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) lists high quality, peer reviewed open access research publications. DOAJ covers all open access academic journals which use appropriate quality controls.

Avoid Predatory Publishers

Predatory practices in online publishing are unfortunately widespread. Academics can be aggressively targeted by journals which appear legitimate but which do not meet the standards of a scholarly journal and which charge large fees for publication. Cabell’s Predatory Reports maintains a list of journals known to engage in predatory practices so you can avoid interacting with these publications.

Author’s Rights

Academic publishers often request a full copyright transfer, which gives the publisher complete ownership of your work. You could lose the right to make copies for use in your classroom or for colleagues, or to republish your work with another publisher or as a book chapter. Consider negotiating your contract to offer a limited license for the rights they need to publish, or to retain the rights you’d like to keep during transfer. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Author’s Addendum can help you understand the process.

QUESTIONS

Contact Scholarly Communication Research and Teaching Librarian Sonya Durney with any questions about copyright, journal evaluation, or author’s rights.