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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
- 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
Head of Research Services