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Research Support : Getting Published

An introduction to library services and resources available to support researchers at UTAS.

Choosing Journals for your Papers

Here are a few of the many factors that deserve consideration when developing your publishing strategy: 

  • When searching for literature on your research area, which journals publish relevant content? These may guide you to appropriate targets for your own publications.
  • Do the aims and scope of shortlisted journals confirm your paper will be a good fit?
  • Does the acceptance process include peer review?
  • Should you prioritise journals with an international editorial board?
  • Does the journal policy enable you to make your paper openly accessible through the institutional Open Access Repository (OAR), to broaden its discoverability and readership? Learn about open access publishing.
  • Can you find a journal Impact Factor (IF) or SciMago Journal Rank (SJR) measure? Is the journal on a list of recommended journals in your discipline? What do these measures indicate? - see
  • consult with your supervisor, esteemed peers or senior researchers

Identifying Predatory or Pseudo-journals

World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) developed a framework for investigating the legitimacy of a journal. They developed a flow-chart which assesses

  • Beall's criteria for identification of predatory journals,
  • presence in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and
  • presence of Think. Check. Submit. features.

It recommends further investigation guided by these initial indicators.

Laine and Winker's predatory journals algorithm

The full article listing all criteria and warning signs can be found here:

Avoiding Predatory Publishers

Expert Advice...

Powell, K 2010, 'Publications: Publish like a pro', Nature, vol. 467, no. 7317, pp. 873-875, DOI 10.1038/nj7317-873a

Prolific authors and journal editors share how to get manuscripts noticed, approved and put in print. 

DOIs for Grey Literature

A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is a unique, persistent identifier that can be used to track data citation metrics and to link related outputs such as journal articles, research data, software and grey literature.  As such, it assists to expand your research impact.

The Library provides a DOI service for research datasets and grey literature that are made available via an open access repository.

For the purposes of assigning a DOI to grey literature, publication types include theses, reports, unpublished conference papers, newsletters, creative works, preprint journal articles, technical standards and specifications for which the institutional Open Access Repository (OAR) is the primary publication point.

In order for your research output to be eligible for a DOI, it must satisfy these criteria:

DOI Criteria
Affiliated Intellectual property (IP) owned by University of Tasmania or an affiliated researcher
Accessible Either open, mediated or embargoed (with specified end-date)

Metadata compliant with DataCite Metadata Scheme v4.0

Metadata for grey literature is deposited in the institutional Open Access Repository (OAR), ePrints.

Persistent Grey literature is managed and stored for the long-term, in a University system (as above, ePrints)
Immutable Data/grey literature output will remain unchanged

Unique research output

Output has not been assigned a DOI previously

No copyright will be infringed

Citable Contributes to the scholarly record and, in the case of datasets, is analogous to a journal article

Also consider how this output fits into your overall publishing strategy.  If you intend to submit a paper with any of this content to a reputable journal publisher in future, you need to be careful to avoid jeopardising your chance of having it accepted by putting it in an open access repository too soon. For more information, and expert advice, please contact Learning and Research Librarians.

To request for a DOI, please contact the Research Data Discovery Service.