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How to Publish and Disseminate Research: Where to publish

Where you publish matters

You want to share your research with the largest, most relevant audience possible for discoverability and impact.

Getting your research read and cited benefits your individual career, but also assists the whole of UWA in university rankings and ERA. These rankings are based on the quality of research papers. Equally, you need to ensure your quality papers are read by the research community! UWA's focus is to publish quality research in journals that are widely read and cited.

Identifying quality journals

To identify relevant and quality journals to publish in, consider the following:

  • Relevance - Does your paper match the aim and scope of the journal?
  • Reputation - What are the key journals and publications in your area of research?  Where do those at the top of your field publish their work? What do you read? Which journals are included in key databases in your field?  Is your topic of local interest?  Are you an Early Career Researcher?
  • Impact factor - Which are the high impact journals in your field? For more info about journal impact, see evaluating journals from our research metrics Survival Guide.
  • Quartile rankings - Journal Citation Reports (JCR) and SCImago Journal Rank (SJR), can be used to find the subject category and quartile ranking of a journal. Quartile 1 (Q1) is applied to journals ranked in the top 25% in their category. Identify top journals by viewing the Q1 Journals list.
  • Journal Lists and Indexes - Which journals are indexed in Web of Science, Scopus, or other big databases used in your discipline? Is the journal you are considering marked as Refereed Refereed symbol in Ulrich's directory in Ulrich's directory?
  • Open Access publishing - It is becoming increasing common to publish in highly ranked, peer-reviewed Open Access journals. Open Access journals can reach a wider audience than traditional paywalled journals. For more information on Open Access, why it is important and advice on how to publish your research Open Access with no or reduced costs, see UWA Open Access Toolkit.

Avoiding predatory publishing practices

How do you determine how trustworthy a journal is and avoid predatory or unethical publishers? It is is important to assess the credibility of journals and publishers. There are many resources that can aid you in making an assessment:

  • See Think Check Submit for criteria, advice and resources for assessing how trustworthy a journal is
  • Search for a journal in Cabell's Scholarly Analytics to see if it is included in the Predatory Reports (formerly known as the Black List).
    • Search for a journal by name in the search box at the top of the page
    • Each journal can have up to 10 violations according to criteria to do with peer review processes, transparency, business and publication practices and so on. If a journal cannot be found in the list it has no violations according to criteria.
    • Violations based on the criteria are considered severe, moderate or minor. To see more detail on the criteria click on the Criteria link for any journal
  • Further information on avoiding predatory publishing practices can be found in the Open Access Toolkit

The why and how of publishing in Nature or Science

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Webinar: Where to publish

It's more important than ever to be strategic about where you publish your research; to maximise reach and potential impact, as well as ensure you are working with quality and legitimate publishers. Watch this recording of the 'Where to Publish' research support workshop delivered via Teams on Thursday 5 May 2022.


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