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Scholarly Communication: Publishing

NEW from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH):

Selecting a Journal

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.


Buyer Beware!

Publisher Quality Criteria

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 MEDLINE (checkmark filter for "currently indexed in MEDLINE") or Scopus.

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

#3: Criteria for a high quality journals can be found in this excellent blog post featuring 5 dimensions of journal evaluation:

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 also help authors identify high quality, reliable publishers and journals.

Peer Review

Ethical Guidelines for Peer ReviewersEthical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers
New from the Committee on Publication Ethics

New Options for Peer Review

Get credit for your peer reviews: Publishers are teaming up with Publons to recognize reviewers for their contributions.

HSLS Classes

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

  • Journal Matchmakers: Find the Best Journal for Your Article
  • 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

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