Making important decisions about publishing your research

Six aspects related to article publishing are covered:
• Article types and features of a good journal
• The South African research outputs accreditation system
• Citation indicators currently used to evaluate journal performance.
• “Open Access”  and hybrid options for publication
• Unique author identification; co-authorship and the order of names

Target audience:
Postgraduate students, postdocs and emerging researchers.

• Ability to make informed decisions about where to publish research by considering the difference between traditional and open access publishing and consulting accredited lists, impact factor and other indicators.
• Employ good practice in terms of standardised author name and preservation of research output.
• Ability to recognise the features of a good journal
• Understand DHET’s Research Outputs Accreditation System including lists of accredited journals:  ISI Citation Indexes, IBSS, DoE list of approved journals, European Reference Index for the Humanities
• Use citation indicators to determine the relative impact of journals (Impact factor and Journal Citation Reports (JCR), SJR, SNIP, Scopus Journal Analyser)
• Understand the benefits of OA, where to find OA journals, and where to find funding for OA publishing
• Making your research available in the Institutional Repository
• Register an unique author ID using ORCID

M. Roux
M. Seyffert
D. Pieterse
LC E-Classroom