Scholarly publishing has evolved over hundreds of years from the closed communications of learned societies to large publishing concerns with portfolios of thousands of journals and books. Over the years varying societal changes and medium disruptions have contributed to an influx of research outputs, broader dissemination, and the introduction of new business models. The most recent transition to a predominantly online research environment has presented vast opportunities to researchers, as well as challenges to the publishing ecosystem, especially to library budgets. This guide addresses issues in scholarly publishing, as well as tools and resources to help the researcher navigate and succeed within the evolving publishing environment.
Consult a journal directory to find a journal's publishing information, search by publishing criteria, and confirm its legitimacy. A directory can address questions such as: What is the journal's review process? What are the metrics? Where is it indexed? What are the journal's aims and scope? Can I publish open access?
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Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) (Open Access)
Journal Metrics (Open Access)
Scimago Journal & Country Rankings (Open Access)
This is not a comprehensive list. You may want to consult the Libraries' Databases A-Z list by subject.
Consult a disciplinary index to review publications vetted by societies or other organizations. Many of these indexes also allow you to find research and publishing venues based on citations, references or funding.
ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
The journal author pages will have the most complete information regarding aims & scope and the submission process. LInks to some of the major academic publishers are listed below.
Recognized industry associations and standards
Tools for checking journal quality
Author Rights: Regaining Control
Did you know that you own the copyright to any scholarly work you create unless you give that right away? As soon as your work is in a tangible form (a Word document, a web site, a recording), the copyright is yours. U.S. Copyright law gives the author of an original work, such as a scholarly article, exclusive rights.
The Exclusive Rights To:
Transferring Those Rights:
Many publishers’ contracts restrict authors' subsequent usage of their published work in their teaching and research. For example, contracts often impede placing the published work
In fact, after ceding copyright to the publisher, the author generally has little say in how the work is later used. The result, all too often, is that contracts restrict the dissemination of one’s scholarship and lessen one’s impact as an author.
Accordingly, authors should take care to assign the rights to their work in a manner that permits them and their colleagues to use the work freely, both in their teaching and research at FAU. Transferring copyright doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Publishers require only the author’s permission to publish an article, not a wholesale transfer of copyright. One suggested mechanism for securing your rights is to include the SPARC Author's addendum. See other guides and sources below.
Guides & Tools