Publishing 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.
Use the Journal Citation Reports database to determine the impact factor of a journal or compare multiple journals.
Other useful metrics include:
- Eigenfactor Score
- Scimago Journal and Country Reports (SJR )
- Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Article Level Metrics.
Your journal evaluation should also consider qualitative measures such as its editorial board, publisher, peer review process, acceptance rate, and where it is indexed.
Read the Contract
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. Pay attention to the details of the contract so that you don’t end up losing more rights than you intend to.
Avoid Predatory Publishers
Predatory practices in online publishing are unfortunately widespread. Academics are often targeted by fake journals offering to publish articles or other research, often for a fee. They offer quick exposure without applying legitimate peer-review, and take authors’ money and sometimes copyright by posing as legitimate journals.
We recommend looking up any journal in which you are considering publication in Cabell’s Predatory Reports. We subscribe to this resource specifically so that you can check it for predatory publishers as you consider submitting your work to a journal and so that you can avoid citing such publications.
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.
UNE’s institutional repository DUNE: DigtalUNE is available to host works by UNE students, faculty, staff and alumni. Learn more about publishing in DUNE: DigitalUNE
There are many subject/discipline specific repositories that accept submissions by authors from any institution. See a list at Simmon’s College list of open access repositories by subject/discipline;
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.
Contact Scholarly Communications Research and Teaching Librarian Sonya Durney with any questions about author’s rights.