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Scholarly Communication

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.

Preprints have some of 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 act more like 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, preprints and Wellcome Open Research.

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. 

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

Predatory Journals

Consensus Statement:
“Predatory journals and publishers are entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practices.”Predatory journals: no definition, no defence (Nature Magazine)