Where to publish?

We believe that the choice of form of publication and choice of journal should lie 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 – 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.uk– 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.
  • Vitae have released a new episode of their 15-minute podcast series on developing their research career "Getting published for the first time".  This tackles crucial questions for first time authors, such as: How should you approach writing your first research article?  What happens once you've pressed submit?  How can you maximise the impact of your research?


Publisher memberships


Many publishers now offer discounted Article Processing Charges (APCs), so bear this in mind when you are choosing to submit your research although the best journal in your field may not be covered by any of these deals!

  • BMC/SpringerOpen offer a 15% discount on their APCs – on average £1200 plus VAT
  • SAGE offer a discounted rate of £200 plus VAT
  • Under the Springer Compact Agreement papers are published under a CC BY licence in the majority of Springer’s hybrid journals at no further cost to the University. The charges have been bundled in with our journal subscription fees. Please tick ‘yes’ when asked if you want Gold Open Access.
  • Wiley Offset deal offers a 25% discount on their APCs – typically between £1000 to £3200 plus VAT
  • Cogitatio Institutional membership programme offers a 20% discount on the APC fee typically between £550 to £620
  • Open Library of Humanities charges no APCs
  • In 2018 we hope to join the Taylor Francis offset deal which offers a 75% discount on their APCs which would be £450 per article



Learned Society memberships

The British Psychological Society is waiving APCs for their members in the following journals:

  • British Journal of Clinical Psychology
  • British Journal of Developmental Psychology
  • British Journal of Educational Psychology
  • British Journal of Health Psychology
  • British Journal of Social Psychology
  • British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology
  • British Journal of Psychology
  • Journal of Neuropsychology
  • Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
  • Legal and Criminological Psychology
  • Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice


All you need to do is select ‘British Psychological Society’ as the funder in Wiley’s submission system

Increasingly Learned Societies are giving APC discounts to their members when they publish in a Society's journals, so this may be useful when deciding where to publish.

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