Scholarly Publishing

Tips for how to choose a journal to publish in, open access journals, pitfalls to avoid

Caution when checking publishers' credentials

There is an increasing trend for publishing companies, with poor reputations, to approach researchers offering to publish their thesis as a book or inviting them to submit papers to journals/conferences.

If you receive an unsolicited offer from a publishing company, check whether they are a bona fide, scholarly publisher.

Initial checks may include:

  • Does the publisher's website make sense? Are there spelling mistakes? What is the standard of English expression?
  • Check claims regarding peer review and an international editorial board.
  • What databases and resources their articles are harvested by?
  • For e-journals - what are the standard digital preservation practices?
  • What is the journal's ranking? Is it listed in SCImago, Scopus, Web of Science, ERA? Inspect previous issues, are the articles peer reviewed?
  • For a conference, have there been conferences of the same name before? In the organising body authentic?

Questions you may ask publishers:

  • What is the selection process?
  • Is there a peer-review process? Will your submission be sent out to reviewers?
  • Do they professionally edit your work? What standing do the editors have in the discipline?
  • Do they market or promote the publication?
  • Do authors receive royalties?
  • What open access options are there?
  • What are the copyright implications? ;- Your thesis is available open access on an institutional repository.

(Adapted from Jenny Cameron's Research Support Librarian)

Publishing: Before & After submission

‚ÄčPublishing strategically will maximize the exposure of your research and increase your chances of generating impact in your chosen discipline.

BEFORE submitting your article:                                      

  • Understand the criteria for article selection, fulfill the requirements

  • Read author guidelines and adhere to them

  • Examine articles preferably from the most recent issues to get a feel for the topics, themes, writing style, points of view etc.

  • Consider if your article suits the particular characteristics of conventions of the journal

NOTE: Remember submitting an article is an amazing way to have distinguished scholars and editors engage with your work and provide feedback. 

AFTER submitting your publication:

  • Provide accurate proofreading and clearly mark any corrections as soon as possible.

  • When prompted, ensure you acknowledge any funding support.

  • Choose and arrange payment for open access as required.

  • Review your license agreement before signing.

Publishing support resources

Understanding publisher requirements, policies and intentions is crucial when submitting research outputs for publication.
Publishers provide comprehensive author support resources to help you navigate through the publishing process and increase your acceptance rate