Preparing for publication

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Choosing the right publication outlet in which to publish your work is one of the most important decisions you will make in relation to the dissemination of your research. You should be targeting the top journals that are relevant to your work. Also, write a clear and concise abstract, using words that you would like readers to associate with your research, to explain the work and the key findings.

Key Steps

Journal Articles

  • Establish your author name: consistency enhances retrieval
  • Use a standardised institutional affiliation and address, such as University College Dublin, School of Mathematics and Statistics, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Assign keywords, especially to the title and abstract. Remember to use the words that someone searching in Google would use to find your research
  • A good title and abstract are very important to ensure the work is retrievable via search engines of those searching for your work
  • Make sure your co-authors are the right team to prepare the publication. The involvement of international and industry co-authors can be useful in promoting the work
  • Get an ORCID ID (Open Research and Contributor ID).  Publishers are promoting use of this ID to address the name ambiguity problems - ORCID provides a single and unique identifier for each researcher which is linked to your research output

Choose the right journal

  • Discuss with senior colleagues or mentors
  • Check discipline-specific lists of top journals, such as the FT45 in Business
  • Check which journals are contained in key databases, such as Scopus
  • Consider your key references and the most highly cited papers and authors in your area, and look at the journals in which they appear 
  • Look at journal scope and editorial board
  • Investigate journal impact factors (check Clarivate's Journal Citation Reports and Elsevier’s ScImago Journal & Country Rank)
  • Other factors to check are acceptance (can vary from 5% - 95%) and rejection rates, turnaround times, open access provision and other terms and conditions

Books and Book Chapters

  • Think about the intended readership
  • Think about reputation and suitability of the publisher
  • Find out how and where the publisher will promote and distribute the book
  • Check whether an e-book version and/or a paperback version is planned
  • Check copyright situation
  • Avoid vanity presses and print-on-demand publishers

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