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Publishing Your Research 101


The American Chemical Society (ACS) has created a series of free, online videos under the title, Publishing Your Research 101. The videos "assist authors and reviewers in understanding and improving their experience with the processes of writing, submitting, editing, and reviewing manuscripts." Titles include:

If you are new to the process of scientific writing and publication or you're looking for some tips to jump start your writing, check them out.


Our Department offers a number of classes on topics related to scholarly communications and publishing (see descriptions below).

Looking to Publish? Wondering where?

Have you recently finished an article and are now considering where to submit it for publication? Are you wondering how to find the best fit? Journal impact factor, name recognition, and likelihood of acceptance are all things to consider. Another resource to help you is JANE (Journal Author Name Estimator). It works by comparing the title and/or title and abstract of your article with others indexed in MEDLINE. The results show you a list of appropriate journal titles, an "article influence" score (based upon the number of times articles in the publication are cited w/in five years of being published), and a sample of articles from the specific journal that match most closely to yours.

To see how it worked, I typed in the title of my graduate thesis "Sex differences in central and peripheral factors of skeletal muscle fatigue" and found that the Journal of Applied Physiology topped the list, followed by ACSM's Exercise and Sport Science Reviews. I was also able to see that JAP deposits articles in PubMed Central 12 months after publication, thus fulfilling any funding requirement (e.g. NIH) had I received such for this work. Finally, I was given a list of the top articles from their respective journals that matched with mine, complete with links back to the abstract in PubMed. All in all, a very handy tool! Give it a try. Let me know how you like it.

~ Sally

Looking to Publish in an Open Access Journal?

Many faculty members and researchers at UMMS are frequent contributors to open access journals, choosing to publish their research in a format that disseminates the findings to a wide audience. You may know of BioMed Central journals or the titles published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS), but there are many others that you could consider.

The Directory of Open Access Journals is a comprehensive and well-respected resource for locating OA journals in your field. Visit the site not only to find a journal to submit your articles, but also to locate journals to read, too.


Resources for Answering Questions about Scholarly Communication Issues

Scientific Writing Tools

Lecture notes from Library Resource Sessions in Scientific Writing Courses

Negotiating with Publishers

Have you wanted to self-archive or retain your author rights, but were concerned about how your publisher would respond? This is a great example of early negotiation with publishers to enable author self-archiving.