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About Sharing Research
When determining how and where to share the results of your research, consider the following:
- Proprietary information: Some research cannot be published due to the proprietary nature of the findings - the funding entity will generally state clearly what cannot be published.
- Other funder requirements: Some funders require publication in open access journals, either immediately or after a specified "embargo" period during which a publisher may be given exclusive publication rights.
- Author rights: Many publishers' agreements allow for permanently archiving a copy of your work on a publicly-accessible university repository such as ScholarsArchive. This can increase the visibility and impact of your work
- Impact factor: Different measures of how your work impacts other research have been created. One common method is to consider the impact factor of the journal your work is published in.
The resources on this page can help you navigate these issues.
Resources Helpful when Choosing a Journal
Author Rights/Journal Copyright Allowances
Journal Citation Reports 2002-present. JCR presents quantifiable statistical citation data that provides a systematic, objective way to evaluate the world's leading journals and their impact and influence in the global research community. Covers more than 7,000 of the world's most highly cited, peer-reviewed journals in approximately 200 disciplines. Includes Science Edition and Social Science Edition.
Some types of publishing, particularly that which is funded by the authors themselves, have given rise to what has been termed "predatory publishers." In short, predatory publishers give the appearance of scholarly journal publishing but in actuality publish with minimal or no peer review. At one time, a list of "blacklisted" journals was provided by Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado-Denver, but this list was controversial and has since been withdrawn. More information on Mr. Beall and his list can be found at: https://guides.himmelfarb.gwu.edu/PredatoryPublishing/Beall.
While it is tempting to appeal to the authority of a list, the dynamic nature of information sources requires that authors exercise their own good judgment in assessing the quality of prospective journals. The tools on this page provide important sources of input relating to this assessment. Feel free to contact David Pixton (see home page) with further questions relating to publication.