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Research and Publishing Support: Publishing

Research guide for information resources on citation count, journal impact, author identification, publishing, rankings and statistical analysis of publications

Publishing Tips

What are the journals in a subject area?

Check these tools for journals in a particular subject area or category:

Book Publishing

Looking for a publisher for your book? You might consider Wiley, Springer, SAGE, Oxford University Press, Palgrave, Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, Emerald.


How to get published in an academic journal: Top tips from editors. Guardian, 2015 January 3.

Robbins, S. P., et al. (2016). Publish, don’t perish!: Strategies for getting published in peer reviewed journals. Social Work Education, 35 (5), 487-494.

McDonnell, M. J., & Pickett, S. T. A. (2018). 10 tips for getting your journal article published. OUP Blog, February 18.

Moss, Laura. (2019). 25 ways to increase your chances at publication. Inside Higher Ed, May 15.

Harnad, S. (2006) Publish or perish - self archive to flourish: The green route to open access. ERCIM News No. 64 January.

Swan, A. (2012). Open access: Impact for researchers, universities and society.


Open Access Publishing

Open Access is a term used to describe electronic content that a reader can access free of charge. Open Access publications available online would include articles, preprints, conference papers, working papers, theses, books and book chapters.  There are different types of Open Access:

  • Green -  the author can self-archive at the time of submission of the publication in an institutional repository or post it on a website. The publication can be a peer-reviewed journal publication, a peer-reviewed conference proceedings paper, grey literature (usually internal non-peer reviewed), or a monograph. The version of the publication can be the published version, author final version or pre-print (before peer review). 
  • Gold - the author or the author's institution can pay an article processing charge (APC) to the journal publisher to provide free, immediate access to the article via the publisher websites
  • For more details, see: Did you know that open access comes in different flavours?


Benefits of Open Access Publishing

The benefits of Open Access (OA) include:

  • Increased visibility, usage and impact. If there is no open access, the only way to see academic work is to pay for subscriptions to journals or to pay for an individual article at a publisher's website. This effectively restricts access to the minority who can afford to pay for access in these ways. Thus researchers gain from the increased usage and impact of their works. The institutions of the authors also benefit from the aggregated usage and impact of their researchers and the increased presence brought by Open Access. Society also benefits from better technology transfer, better diffusion of know-how and a better-informed public.  
  • Links : It is possible to crosslink the publication to any research datasets and software used in producing the paper. This improves the research process by allowing other researchers to examine in depth the published work and validate or contradict the conclusions.
  • Access and discoverability: Anyone is able to access and read the papers that are open access. The papers are usually indexed by various search engines and discoverable to a wider audience. 


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