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Finding the right journal

It is important to consider where you will submit your research for publication before you begin writing. Some journals or periodicals will only accept certain types of article relating to specific fields, whereas others will accept a variety of outputs. Check beforehand that the journals you choose to target accept the type of publication you intend to submit.

You may want to draw up a list of ‘target’ journals and register on their websites to receive calls for papers. It may be helpful to consider the following:

  • What is the scope of the journal? Do they publish the type of output you intend to produce?
  • Has the journal recently published research that is in-line with yours?
  • Who do you cite in your own research and where do they publish?
  • Who is on the editorial board? Are they people you cite in your work? Are you familiar with their research?
  • What is the Open Access policy of the journal? Be aware that some journals do not support Open Access publishing; this could render your output ineligible for submission against the next Research Excellence Framework. You can check the Open Access policy of journals using the free online tool SHERPA RoMEO or via the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Think. Check. Submit. is a useful online resource which helps you to think about some of the key issues when choosing where to publish your research.

Research promotion

Promoting your research is an important aspect of your academic work. Recognised high-quality research can lead to collaboration, more citations, academic promotion, and funding, as well as developing your reputation as a researcher. Promoting your research is also important for increasing its impact. The more visible and widely disseminated your work, the more likely it will have an impact. However, it can be overwhelming and time consuming trying to promote yourself and your research.

Below are some strategic ways you can increase the visibility and dissemination of your research apart from producing really good research! Click the arrow beside each topic to find out more.

Publish Open Access

Deposit your research in e-space

Get an ORCID

Engage online

Create a researcher profile

Make your research data available

Present at conferences

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