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Get Published: Get Published

While completing and presenting a research proposal and/or generating a thesis, you'll want to manage your references and decide where to publish. You may also want to present a conference paper or poster, or deposit your published research in eSource, the DBS institutional repository. Or perhaps you're interested in learning how to share the published results as widely as possible. Contact us to:

  • gain advice on how to make your work openly accessible (learn more here)
  • identify high impact, topic specific and open access journals (learn more here)
  • get help with demystifying referencing styles (learn more here)
  • seek advice on depositing a research article or final-year project in eSource (learn more here)
  • receive guidance about managing your author rights in published works (learn more here)

Scholarly peer review (also known as refereeing) is the process of subjecting an author's scholarly work, research output, or ideas to the scrutiny of others who are experts in the same field, before a paper describing this work is published in a journal.

To check whether a journal is peer-reviewed, you can check these sources:

For information on how to evaluate a peer-reviewed journal, see the guide on journal evaluation.

Be strategic with your publishing - an impressive publishing record strengthens grant, job and promotion applications

  • Where you publish can be as important as what you publish
  • Publish in line with your career stage and priorities
  • Be realistic with where you submit your manuscript - aim high but try to avoid rejection
  • Target the audience that you want to share your research with
  • Vary where you publish, to spread the exposure of your research: a wider audience potentially means more citations
  • Consider publishing outside of your field
  • Think globally
  • Build your research prestige by publishing with reputable publishers
  • Publishing in high impact journals can increase your citation count - more people are likely to read and cite articles published in these journals
  • Higher citation counts mean a higher h-index
  • Think about publishing your research, from the onset and throughout a research project
  • Satisfy the criteria for eSource eligibility
  • Do good, topical research
  • Write well
  • Collaborate
  • Do not submit prematurely
  • Follow publisher's Instructions to Authors
  • Respond promptly to reviewers’ and editor’s comments
  • Network

  • Making the most of these opportunities e.g. setting your work to Open Access to maximise distribution, citation and impact
  • Avoiding pitfalls e.g. publishing works that cannot be included in eSource.

Why it is important to publish:

  • Publishing increases discovery of and access to your research. 
  • Publishing raises your profile, establishes you as a contributor in your field of research and may lead to opportunities for future collaborations.
  • Your publication and citation record will be assessed in grant, job and promotion applications.
  • Publishing subjects your research ideas to the testing and scrutiny of others in your field.
  • Publishing is a requirement or expectation of employment in academic and research institutions.

Basics of Journal Publishing by Nick Hopwood (UTS, 2014).

This 36min you tube video covers some basic aspects of journal publishing, like how to choose journals, journal impact factors, peer review.

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