General considations Journals will not accept papers that have been published elsewhere in any publishable format in any other journal, irrespective of whether the language used differs between the two… Read More →
Category: The secrets to selecting a target journal and publish faster
Can I contact the journal to ask questions before submitting?
General considations Journals will always accept incoming queries about publishing your paper in their journal. These can include questions about whether the journal will think your paper is suitable to… Read More →
Are journals in the US better than in the UK or other countries?
General considations The quality of academic journals does not tend to be geographically biased. However, major publishing companies that publish the majority of academic journal content are usually located in… Read More →
I’ve written a conference paper. Can I publish it as a journal paper now?
General considations Conference proceedings are typically short papers discussing preliminary findings or research in progress. Journals may choose to gather the ideas and results of conference proceedings in a special… Read More →
Can a professional service help me choose a journal to target?
General considations There are several professional services geared toward helping authors select a target journal. Uni-edit offers such a service. Modern professional services are increasingly becoming less service-oriented and more… Read More →
What are the most common errors young researchers make when targeting a journal?
General considations There can be many pitfalls when publishing research papers, but most are preventable if you have good mentorship to help you navigate the journal landscape and a solid… Read More →
How often will my submission be rejected?
General considations The publication process can be fickle, arduous, and time consuming. Journals have their own objectives, administration, and expectations on the quality of science they aim to publish. Therefore,… Read More →
I have to publish 2 journals before I can get my PhD. What is the easiest way?
General considations Publishing papers during your PhD candidature requires some foresight and effective planning. The simplest way to start publishing papers is to ask your advisor and colleagues about what… Read More →
I am the main author. Do I decide which journal or should my co-authors decide? What if we disagree?
General considations As the primary author, you are typically also the corresponding author. This means you should be publicly responsible for the research content and able to address any of… Read More →
What is indexing? How do I use that when choosing a journal?
General considations Indexing is a system that journals use to associate and distribute their content with an online database for public viewing. It improves accessibility for readers, allowing journals to… Read More →
Can I publish in a top tier journal?
General considations As an author, you are encouraged to publish your novel research in top-tier journals. While the acceptance threshold is much lower than low- or mid-tier journals, the opportunity… Read More →
What are some useful statistics to know before choosing a target journal?
General considations It is generally good practice to have some understanding of the publication process, such as how journals determine their Impact Factors (see ‘How are journals ranked?’). These metrics… Read More →
My story of how I published my first paper
Name: Matt Field: Ecology I published my first paper during my Ph.D., but the work came from my Honours research. I had already written the research in a thesis format,… Read More →
How much will it cost to publish and who will pay?
General considations Journals are generally divided into two domains: subscription and independent. Subscription-based journals are affiliated with major publishing companies that handle distribution, printing, and maintenance overheads. Accessing these papers… Read More →
Does the length of my paper matter?
General considations The length of your research paper will depend on two factors: (1) the type of paper you intend to write, i.e. research paper, review paper, method paper, technical… Read More →
Does the type of paper I aim to publish matter?
General considations Publishing papers relies on being able to effectively communicate a story. Journals offer different types of papers for authors to communicate their story, such as standard research paper,… Read More →
Does the format of my paper matter?
General considations Published papers need to be styled and formatted in specific ways to meet the strict formatting guidelines of journals. These guidelines can be broken down into two parts:… Read More →
How can I get information about a journal?
General considations Information on journals are available on the journal’s own website or through the society that administrates the journal. For example, the journal The American Naturalist is administered by… Read More →
Do journals require pre-submission enquiries before considering publication?
General considations Some journals require a pre-submission enquiry from authors requesting to publish papers in their journal. The conditions of this enquiry depend on the type of paper you as… Read More →