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Research & Publishing in Health Sciences: Publish Your Research
Learn about library resources, selecting journals, predatory publishing, and EndNote.
Which journals are used by you or mentors/colleagues?
Consider reviewing where your colleagues and mentors have published. These journals may be highly recommend in your field, and therefore, would be a great place to start when considering your own publications. Other questions to ask yourself: Which journals do you use frequently to keep track of new developments in your field? Does your professional organization publish journals?
Who is your desired audience?
It is important to consider your desired audience. Does the scope and aim of the journal you are considering meet the needs of your desired audience? If not, may be you should consider another journal. If the target audience is limited to a select area of research, select a journal with a narrow focus as opposed to one with a multidisciplinary focus. More specialized journals, even with a potentially smaller readership, may offer a broader dissemination of your work to your peers in a specific area of research.
Are you required to comply with public access mandates for sharing of publications and/or data?
Was your research funded by an organization that requires researcher to comply with public access mandates for the sharing of published materials and/or the data created? Check the author's information page on a the journals website to ensure that the journal meets the public access requirements set by your funding organization. In addition, some journals offer repositories for data. This may be helpful if you are required to publish your data. You can always use a subject specific repository for your data if this is not available.
Do you need to publish in a peer-reviewed journal?
Publication in peer-reviewed journals is a requirement for tenure and promotion at most academic institutions. So it is important that you evaluate the peer review process of the journals you are considering submitting too.
Is an expedited review process desired?
If you are looking for a quick turn around consider a journal with a frequent (weekly or monthly) publication schedule. This information can be found on the journal's information page.
Open Access (OA) is the practice of providing the public with unrestricted online access to scholarly journal articles.
Freely available resources can mean a wider audience. If your article is freely available then more people can read your work.
Authors often retain copyright, which is not usually the case in traditional publishing.
OA is a global initiative. Individuals who may have not been able to access you work through traditional means, may have access via OA.
Some OA journals charge author fees to publish. Fees vary. Note: Sometimes there are publishing options (e.g., Taylor and Francis Gold Open Access vs. Green Open Access). One option may be free while the other has a fee.
Concerns about quality control and authenticity of documents.
Open Access journals are relatively new, and therefore may not have an impact factor. This can be especially important to researchers in science and medicine.
If you are interested in publishing in an OA journal consider using the Directory of Open Access Journals. These journals have been vetted and are authoritative.
On the Open Access Guide there is a list of fee discounts that can be used by University of Kentucky affiliated researchers.
The DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) was launched in 2003 with 300 open access journals. Today, this independent database contains over 15 000 peer-reviewed open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities. Open access journals from all countries and in all languages are welcome to apply for inclusion.
UKnowledge is the University of Kentucky's Digital Repository. There is an additional LibGuide available that shows how Students and Faculty can use UKnowledge. It also describes how to upload different types of documents such as Theses or Dissertations. Finally, it explains how to create a Researcher Profile.