Where to publish?

We believe that the choice of form of publication and choice of journal should lies with the author in accordance with the principles of academic freedom. We also believe that researchers at Stirling should publish ambitiously and be supported in doing so.

You should start thinking about where you aim to publish at the grant application stage, this way any funds needed for open access publishing can be incorporated into your grant application (if the funder allows for these costs). You should also consider what page or figures charges might apply to your article (these are different to article processing charges and there is no central support at present for these costs).


So how do you decide where to publish?


Key principles apply when deciding where to publish whether in an open access or subscription based journal


The main question is who do you want to read your article?


  • See http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/doemoff/tutorials/scholarlycontentonline.html for help on defining scholarly information
  • Prestigious titles have the widest audience but it is difficult to get published in these at the start of your career, so target different journals โ€“ aim for a journal that is slightly higher than the level you are currently writing at.
  • Ask colleagues for advice - academic colleagues: PhD supervisor; PI
  • There is a variety of journals out there: professional, trade, populist and academic.

Elements that you may wish to consider when selecting a journal in which to publish

Further resources

  • The Manuscript Matcher tool suggests potential journals to publish in based on your paper's title and abstract (and reference list if you want) - see our Manuscript Matcher Guide.
  • East Midlands Research Support Group project http://www.emrsg.org.ukโ€“ provides five online units covering: Journal and Journal articles, Author Bibliometrics, Journal Bibliometrics, Networking, Other Forms of Publication.
  • If you are specifically interested in publishing in a gold open access journal, the Directory of Open Access Journals (http://www.doaj.org/) provides a searchable database of 8761 journal titles.
  • Presentation by Simon Linacre, Emerald Group Publishing A guide to Getting Published (Choose  A Guide to Getting Published from the panel on the right hand side)
  • The publisher Wiley has produced a Writing for Publication guide aimed at nurses who wish tp publish journal articles.





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