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Scholarly Communication: Publishing


medRxiv logomedRxiv, the new preprint server for the Health Sciences from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), Yale University, and BMJ , is launching on June 25! Submissions are now being accepted at the medRxiv Submission Page.

Selecting a Journal

NIH Statement on Article Publication Resulting from NIH Funded Research. NIH Notice Number NOT-OD-18-011.
"...authors are encouraged to publish papers arising from NIH-funded research in reputable journals."

Considering where to publish? Use these resources to research journals, publisher agreements, author fees and funder requirements to find the journal that meets your needs for widest dissemination of your research.


HSLS Classes

The following  classes are available through the HSLS Class series. (Sign up here to receive the HSLS Class emails.) Watch for scheduling announcements throughout each semester, or contact Andrea Ketchum to request a special presentation for a class or event. 

  • Recognizing Predatory Journals: Flattery and Fibs
  • Copyright and Fair Use in Education
  • ORCID iDs: Boost Your Discoverability
  • Research Metrics and Publication Reports: Showcasing Impact
  • Free Images (and More) on the Web and How to Cite Them
  • NIH Public Access Policy Boot Camp: Getting in Shape for NIH
  • SciENcv: Automate Your Biosketch
  • Altmetrics: Filling in the Gaps

Buyer Beware! "Predatory" Journals

Publisher Quality Criteria: Differentiating 'good' from 'bad'

In spite of efforts to create a "blacklist" of predatory journals, there can never be a perfect list of journals to avoid. The best defense is author awareness of the signs and standards of legitimate scientific journals. 

#1: Check to see if the journal is indexed in a well-known database such as MEDLINE, Scopus OR Web of Science. If the journal is not found among these indices, beware!

  • MEDLINE journal list (checkmark filter for "currently indexed in MEDLINE"). 
  • Also check the journal lists for Scopus and Web of Science.
  • Note that Google Scholar is NOT an indexer. It is a search engine, and predatory journals are included in Google Scholar searches.

#2: Read Should I publish in this journal? HSLS Update, January 2016 issue.

#3: Criteria for high quality journals can be found in this excellent blog post:

Submitting to a journal commits you to it for six weeks to six months (or longer) – so choose your journal carefully. Patrick Dunleavy, The Impact Blog, the London School of Economics and Political Science, November 10, 2016.

The additional resources below will help authors identify high quality, reliable publishers and journals.

PREPRINTS have the benefits of Open Access

Saderi, D; Polka, J (2018):
Anatomy of a preprint
figshare. Poster.

The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) defines a preprint as "a scholarly manuscript posted by the author(s) in an openly accessible platform, usually before or in parallel with the peer review process."

NIH Notice Number: NOT-OD-17-050 Reporting Preprints and Other Interim Research Products for the May 25, 2017 due date and thereafter. This notice clarifies reporting instructions to allow investigators to cite their interim research products and claim them as products of NIH funding.

When can a traditional publication become Open Access? When you post a free version before or after publication!

1. Check your Publisher Preprint Policies at SHERPA/RoMEO.

Preprint servers currently available to authors in biomedicine include:

Use the HSLS federated preprint search tool, search.bioPreprint, to simultaneously search arXiv, bioRxiv, F1000Research, PeerJ Preprints, preprints and Wellcome Open Research.

Other federated search tools: - Indexes preprints from 8 servers: arXiv q-bio(Quantitative Biology), PeerJ Preprints, bioRxiv, F1000Research,, Wellcome Open Research, The Winnower, and Nature Precedings. Links to the server citation. features monthly statistics for seven major preprint servers. Click on Monthly Statistics and enter your search term in “Term frequency over time.” Click the “Term Plot” button. Search sample: pneumonia.

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