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Scholarly Communication

Scholarly Communication: The formal and informal means by which scholars contribute to the constantly evolving discussion between them. This guide gives authors, researchers, and inventors new tools and information about the present state of scholarly com

Making The Decision Where to Publish

Where to find the answers to the following questions.

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What journals are there in my field?

What journals allow for double-anonymous peer review/offer open access options/have low acceptance rates?

What journals publish research similar to mine? What journals publish the work of people I admire?

How can I find journals that publish open access articles (free to read without a subscription)?

Articles can be published or made available open access (OA) in three main ways:

  • A hybrid journal that publishes traditionally but also offers OA options;
  • A fully OA journal; or,
  • Uploading some version of your published article in an OA repository.

Publishers sometimes require that authors pay an "article processing charge" (APC) to publish their articles OA, but this is far from universal. The Directory of Open Access Journals indexes OA journals that pass a set of rigorous criteria, and allow you to search for journals in your field and find more information about their OA practices.

How can I determine if a publisher is credible?

Journal and Publisher Whitelists

Credibility Assessment Tools

Avoiding Predatory Journals

You may get an email from a journal claiming to be legitimate, with known names on its masthead, offering you the chance to publish your work with them for a small fee. If it feels fishy, investigate further! Once your work is published anywhere, even in an illegitimate journal, other publishers will not want to accept your article.

Do a lateral search: open another tab and Google the publisher. If nothing comes up other than their own website, that's a red flag.

More Info about Predatory Publishers

The Publication Process

Some examples of the publication process, which you can usually find in a section marked "Information for Authors" or something similar. See the Sherpa Romeo database for the copyright agreements of these and other publishers.

Publisher and Funder Open Access Policies

What does your publisher allow you to do with your work? What does your funder expect you to do with it?

Based at the University of Nottingham and in association with JISC, Sherpa's databases support authors and researchers in need of information about publishers' and funders' open access policies.

Writing Help

Need advice with your writing? The Stevens Writing & Communication Center can help!

Copyright and the SPARC Author Addendum

When you sign a traditional publishing agreement with a publisher, they will take your rights of copyright in exchange for publishing your article. You have the ability to negotiate to retain some of these rights, and one way of doing so is with the Author Addendum from SPARC.

The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) is an alliance of academic and research libraries organized through the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Their Author Resources page includes the Author Addendum as well as more information about copyright and open access as it relates to academic researchers.

Below, find the PDFs of the Author Addendum and the guide on Author Rights.