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Academic Publishing

This guide provides criteria to consider when evealuating journals to publish your research.

Where should I publish?

  • Who is your audience?
  • Where are the scholarly conversations happening in your discipline?
  • Is it's openness important to you?
  • Do you want to maximize the reach of your research?
  • Where are your peers publishing?
  • If you're a graduate student, where does your supervisor publish?

Once you've considered these big-picture issues, you can look more closely at specific details about individual publications to see if they are a good fit for your work. If you have questions, check-in with your liaison librarian along the way.

Finally, you can add up all the information you've gathered to make a well-informed decision on the best way of disseminating your research.


Open Access Publishing

Open Access is free online access to the full text of research articles for anyone, website. 

Publishing in an open-access journal may lead to:

  • Increased visibility, exposure, usage & impact of research.
  • Readership expanded beyond subscribers to journals in which the research is published.
  • Research impact has been typically measured by tools such as ISI Web of Science and Journal Citation Reports. Tools like Google Scholar measure the impact of a wider range of papers.

The Effect of Open Access and Downloads ('hits') on Citation Impact: A Bibliography of Studies

The Open Access Citation Advantage: Studies and Results to Date

Journal Options

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