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Getting Published

You've done the hard yards - now to get that work out there into the scientific literature.

The authorship rows that sour scientific collaborations - Nature - 14 June 2021 - How to tackle disputes.

First step - get yourself an ORCID - Open Researcher and Contributor - use it with your submission to publishers.
  • Remember to cite your organisational affiliation.
Case report? 

Consider submitting to BMJ Case Reports - the Library has an institutional fellowship you can use.

Check if the journal you are considering submitting your paper to for publication is indexed in major indexes such as Medline, Embase, PsycInfo etc.  Papers in journals that are indexed have a better chance of being discovered and having impact.


International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholary Work in Medical Journals

equator Network - Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research - an essential hub to find reporting guidelines for all types of research design

Not sure which journal to submit your paper to? 

JANE - Journal / Author Name Estimator

Jot Journal Targeter - explore journals matched to your manuscript's title abstract and references - from Yale University Public Health

Manuscript Matcher from the Web of Science Group with the Master Journal List  An alternative - Using Manuscript Matcher from within EndNote

PubMed PubReMiner - search for topics similar to your paper and look at which journal titles are publishing similar papers 

SPI-Hub Scholarly Publishing Information Hub - identify journals in which to publish your research - Vanderbilt University Medical Center

MeSH on demand - (primarily for identifying indexing terms for searching) but it also finds papers similar to yours after you paste in the title and abstract of your paper - shows where similar papers are being published


Open access publishing?         

Open access publishing?Great idea but be aware publishers generally require article processing charges (APCs) and these can be many thousands of dollars.  Some journals are completely open access and others are hybrid - both open access and with papers that are paywalled (where the author agress to sign over copyright).

Because there are charges, predatory publishers may be lurking. In October 2019 Cabells Scholarly Analytics noted they had 11,000 journal titles on their whitelist and 12,000 on their blacklist.  Open access articles are typically published with Creative Commons licences.  Consider choosing a licence that prohibits adaptation or commercial use of your work, or any other elements you may not want to agree to.

Open Access Australasia (formerly Australasian Open Access Strategy Group AOASG)


Predatory publishers - how to avoid them

Use the Think Check Submit website for guidance

Identifying Predatory or Pseudo-Journals - World Association of Medical Editors (WAME)

Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing - Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors


Lots more information on the Library's research guide

Publisher and reporting guidelines


Comic light relief - Journal of Universal Rejection