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Publishing and Scholarly Communication: Home

Scholarly Communication

Congratulations, you've completed your research, wrote it up, and now you're ready to publish!

But perhaps you have some questions about your rights as an author and how to choose a journal or other publishing venue. Maybe you're considering publishing in an Open Access journal, but aren't sure how to evaluate a journal's quality. This guide serves as an introduction to these publishing topics and can be helpful for any researcher whether you're a student publishing their first paper or an established researcher. 

Once you have completed your research and have it ready for publication there are a couple of steps you can take to ensure it has the greatest impact.

This guide provides information to help you develop an effective publication strategy, including:

  • Factors to consider when deciding where to publish
  • Advice on how to ensure your research is identifiable
  • Promoting & communicating your research
  • Tracking & monitoring your research impact

Top Tips

  • Determine your target audience
  • Ask colleagues and supervisors for recommendations based on their discipline expertise and experience
  • Determine where the well-known scholars in the field are publishing
  • Check the aims, objectives and scope of a journal, and follow the instructions to authors
  • Consistently publish using the same version of your name and sign up for a unique author identifier via ORCiD at UL so your research is easier to locate and follow
  • While at UL, list your affiliation as University of Limerick in full. You can also include the name of your Unit/Centre/Institute. 
  • Critically evaluate potential impact, reputation and reach before you submit your work
  • Use informal networks such as conferences and Twitter to make contacts (e.g. editors, co-authors) and keep up-to-date with developments and trends
  • Co-author with a recognised researcher to develop a publishing track record in your field (discuss with your supervisor if undertaking a research degree)
  • Cite the journals you want to publish in

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