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Getting Published
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Post Graduate Research Programme
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• Dr Giles Young : the experience of a
researcher in physical geography
• Michele Davies & Clare Boucher (ISS
subject librarians) – Useful tools for finding
the right journal to publish in; Open Access
vs. traditional publishing routes.
• Caroline Rauter (ISS Document Supply ) –
Copyright: making sure the content of your
thesis or your published article/book is legal
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Where to publish?
• Research journal (also known as refereed or
peer-reviewed journals)
• Conference paper
• Poster
• Academic monograph
• Professional / non-refereed journal
• Popular press
• Blog / Facebook / Twitter
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Choosing a journal
• Recommendations from your supervisor &
fellow researchers
• Knowledge of journals in your field
• Which journals does your research cite?
• Special issues – themed
• Look out for opportunities for “early career
researchers” such as this one from Westburn
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Before submitting
• Read the submission guidelines
Scope & audience of the journal
What type of articles do they publish?
Back issues: style & current debates
Send an abstract to the editor
Impact Factors: don’t aim too high at first?
Get feedback from friends & colleagues first
Be resilient – rejections are common
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Journal Impact Factors
• What are they?
- a measure reflecting the average number of
citations to articles published in science &
social science journals
• Must be compared only within defined subject
• How do I find them?
- Journal Citation Reports
- part of the Web of Knowledge service
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Scimago Journal Rankings
• What is this?
– An alternative for method of ranking journals
based upon citations, but which weights citations
based upon the prestige & subject area of the
journals where these citations are made.
– SJRs use data from the SCOPUS database.
You can find SJRs on the Scimago website or via the
Scopus database.
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Open Access Publishing
• Available online & free of charge to
all readers
• Users of OA articles should have the
right to “... read, download, copy,
distribute, print, search, or link to the
full text of these articles...“ (Budapest
Open Access Initiative, 2002)
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How does Open Access work?
The “Gold” Route
The “Green” Route
Immediate open access
Up front payments by author/
•Sponsored (free to publish)
• Publication fee for author
• Hybrid = Subscription journals with
optional OA fee for individual articles
Delayed open access
Self-archiving of pre-/post-prints in an
open access repository –
Freely available from the publisher’s
site after an embargo period.
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Why should I be interested in OA
• More accessible – not hidden behind a paywall
• Potentially more people will read it
• Potentially more citations
• Potentially greater impact
• RCUK OA Policy is going to shake things up in
journal publishing.
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Going for gold....
• Biomed Central
• PLOS One
• Journal of Orthopaedic
Surgery and Research
• Springer Open /
Springer Open Choice
• Wiley Blackwell – Open
Access & Online Open
Which journal:
Directory of Open
Access Journals
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It’s not easy being Green.... *
• RIS & Cronfa
• Can you self-archive an
article you’ve already
• Can you demand selfarchiving rights?
* But hopefully will be

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