Publishing your research for maximum impact and visibility involves thinking strategically about the audience for your research, selecting and evaluating appropriate journals or other sources, and preparing your manuscript.
New and early researchers can develop expertise and contacts by consulting supervisors or research leaders, creating an ORCiD iD, collaborating with other researchers, joining scholarly researcher networks such as ResearchGate, Academia.edu, Mendeley (see Managing your profile) and contacting Subject Librarians.
When selecting possible publication sources such as books and journals, consider and review:
The impact of publications is a key consideration in a researcher's career and in selecting publication sources. As a measure of research, impact is multidimensional, complex, variable and often controversial. Factors include the context in which research takes place, the stakeholders, subject disciplines, and the intended application of research.
Citation metrics, or bibliometrics, is the science of measuring citations to publications, and can be calculated in different ways (see Citation analysis).
Journal metrics track citation patterns to identify influential journals in terms of citations received, and can be an important factor when considering where to publish. Many journals advertise their impact factor and rankings from Journal Citation reports (see Journal metrics).
More recent developments include alternative metrics (see Altmetrics) that measure and report references, citations, posts or mentions via social networking sources. As an indicator of research usage metrics are moving beyond academic or scholarly journal citations to assessing impact from a broader social, or societal, and economic sense.
Publons: Record and measure peer reviews that you undertake. A Publons profile provides evidence of your peer review activity that can contribute to your reputation, promotion and grant applications.
Open access (OA) or Open Scholarship refers to publishing research and data; to provide unrestricted access, often in non-commercial sources. Open access journal publications are peer-reviewed, with editorial standards. Some have significant journal impact factors, and receive high levels of citations.
The first OA declaration was made on 14 February 2002, by the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI), a collection of research societies, universities and publishers to launch a worldwide campaign for open access (OA) to scholarly journal literature through self-archiving, open access journals and other strategies.
nzresearch.org.nz includes peer-reviewed and other research from universities, polytechnics, and research organisations
Search SHERPA/RoMEO to determine publisher policies on self-archiving and paid OA.
Many funders now require or encourage open access publishing, archiving and/or data archiving as a condition with grant allocations. Search SHERPA/JULIET by country or funder name to determine policies.
The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), a searchable and browsable database of Open Access books, is a source of open access book publishers and presses.
Tohatoha (formerly Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand): Open Access campaign
The Australasian Open Access Strategy Group discussion
McKiernan, E. C., Bourne, P. E., Brown, C. T., Buck, S., Kenall, A., Lin, J., . . . Yarkoni, T. (2016). How open science helps researchers succeed [a literature review]. eLife, 5, e16800. doi:10.7554/eLife.16800
Journal selection tools can help you select journals that include articles in your field. Some provide journal impact factors and publishing parameters:
Predatory publishers exhibit unethical practices such as inviting researchers to publish with them but provide minimal or no editing, restricting author's rights, and often charging fees.
ThinkCheckSubmit website suggests steps to take and consider before selection of a publication source to verify the credentials of publishers: checking with colleagues, reviewing editorial boards, indexing of journals, fees and peer review practices, ability to contact publishers.
Cabells Journal Blacklist a searchable database that identifies deceptive and fraudulent journals. Specialists identify and analyse over 65 behavioural indicators to flag potentially exploitative or dishonest operations. Each entry in the Journal Blacklist provides information on how to identify the journal in the real world as well as a comprehensive report of each behavioural indicator that was uncovered in the journal’s evaluation.
COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) promotes integrity in publishing, with discussion, advice and guidelines on topics such as author misconduct (being unaware of articles submitted in their name), misuse of data.
Jeffrey Beall's list of predatory open access publishers was issued annually since 2011 until January 17, 2017. Beall's List criteria for identifying possible and potential predatory publishers included limited geographic diversity in editorial board membership and authors, gender bias, false impact factor claims. The list became controversial and is no longer at its original location. The list information as at January 31, 2017 is available as a static website but is no longer updated.
ThinkCheckAttend is an initiative that guides researchers when deciding whether to attend a conference, submit an abstract or present their research. The 3-step approach encourages academics to ‘Think’ about the problem posed by predatory or substandard conferences, ‘Check’ the conference against a set of criteria designed to highlight attributes of good and bad quality conferences, and ‘Attend’ only if the conference adheres to the criteria consistent with a legitimate conference.