Identify a publisher who best matches the purpose of your submission by:
- asking colleagues or supervisors
- examining bibliographies of relevant books and articles
- finding reputable publishers in your field
- targeting journals you read
- using publisher tools to match content with potential journals:
- checking your content matches the journal's aim and scope
- searching Web of Science and Scimago to find high ranking journals in your field
- considering open access publishing.
Before submitting your article:
- Follow publisher's author instructions, including providing any data availability requirements
- Check that publishing turnaround times match your priorities
- See specific requirements for HDR candidates.
- Discover the acceptance and rejection rates for submissions
- Check the journal's website, ask colleagues, or contact the editor directly.
- Refer to submission guides on journal's websites
- For example, Making your submission.
- Know your publisher's self-archiving and data access policies for depositing in GRO
Choose high quality, well recognised publishers to profile your research. Check the reputation and credibility of the publisher to avoid predatory and junk publishers.
Evaluate the reputation and quality of a publisher using:
- Think. Check. Submit. to help identify trusted publishers
- Web of Science and Scopus
- Ulrichsweb to check if a journal is peer reviewed
- SCImago and Journal Citation Reports to view journal rankings
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) or Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) to find high quality, open access content.
Predatory publishers can reduce the exposure of your research and do significant reputational damage. They often disguise themselves as credible publishers with quick turnaround times, and they may offer additional incentives.
Avoid junk-type publishers. They are normally credible with a focus on quantity rather than quality. They tend to quickly publish large numbers of papers calling into question their publication practices.
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