Where to Publish Your Scientific Articles

In the recent years, there has been a lot of discussion regarding the choice of publication.

And I’m sure, if you are a research candidate and all set for publication, these questions would be eating your head continuously

Which journal should I go with?
Should it be peer-reviewed?
Should it be paid?
Should it be discipline specific?
Should it be open-access?

Well! Everything comes up with a never ending list of pros and cons. And deciding, where to publish your research is a troublesome task.

After conducting experiments, writing and successfully editing your article, you would be wondering…

What Next??

Oh! Obviously, now, you are going to submit your research paper for publication.

But Where??

All through this process, it is important to take time to finalize where do you want to publish your research manuscript and which platform is the best for you to reflect your work to the academic experts.

Research Journals??

Research or academic journals are your ultimate destination in that case. The purpose of academic journals is to serve as a forum to introduce and scrutinize new research and critique of existing research. Academic or research journals present articles relating to a specific academic discipline or methodology.

To amplify your chances of impact and strongly convey your message to the academic experts, it is important to pick the right academic journal.

Here are few things to consider for your publication that will help you in deciding the right journal:

1. The Impact of Impact Factor:

Will the impact factor of the research journal have an effect on your career?

FYI!

The impact factor of an academic journal is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year.

Some of the Universities want their research candidates to publish their articles in high impact factor journal because in some professional and academic circles, the more publications you have in a high impact factor journal, the better your chance of promotion.

2. Target Your Target Reader:

There are thousands of journals that have their monthly and quarterly publication schedule. Some of the journals are discipline specific in nature while others are general but highly noteworthy.

But the real questions are now up to you:

Do you want your article to publish in a research journal that will engage those in your research domain to increase chances of gaining new collaboration, recognition and may be new funding?

Or

Do the readers you want to reach tend to reference particular journals?

Ask these two questions to yourself before proceeding with publication.

3. Journal’s Quality & Standard:

The content quality of a Journal is a critical issue. Quality content refers to both visual as well as language aspect of a journal.

When reviewing any journal for visual quality, check for the sharpness of images and text format. Language aspect includes correct grammar and ease of reading.

The other important factor that affects the quality of a journal is the timely publication. Your research work includes new trends in your specific domain, and you want people to read and get to know this ASAP. So, the schedule of publication also matters.

4. Publication Cost:

Where will you publish your research may also depend on the cost of publishing.

Many journals do charge on a per-page basis and even have added fees for color images such as graphs, photos, etc.

Before proceeding for publication, ask yourself; Can you afford to publish in the particular journal of your interest?

Well, well..to narrow down your search for a suitable journal, ELK Journals provides you a vital open- access platform for widening to the farthest reach.

Tips to Write for a High-Quality Journal

What seems like common sense isn’t common practice”, says Rowena Murray (An expert journal writer). Of course, one may deviate from the flow of writing, although being very intellect and content in writing journal. Thus, by following some expert and fast track tips you can maintain your productivity and write a high quality journal-

  • Prepare a layout – Why do you want to write a journal? What are you planning to write for it? Whether it will be an academic or research base writing? How much time you will need to finish your write-up? All these questions are mandatory to be planned out before you start writing for the journal. Therefore, think and plan before you write.
  • Read thoroughly before you write – Read journals akin to your interest and topic chosen for your journal. Reading will add on ideas and knowledge in your summon to write. Scan these journals with a zooming standpoint of your curiosity and underline the vital ones.
  • Just write – When you have a well framed plan and you have gone through enough journals of your aligned topic, then what’s more to be done? It’s time to mold your thoughts and knowledge into words and structure the write-ups for journals.
  • Do not stretch for long – “Slow and steady wins the game”….yes it’s true. Therefore, take short breaks in between writing, but write in a flow once you sit with your pen so that yours may not get distracted from your point. You should avoid writing in a long stretch because it may make your sense monotonous.
  • Take expert advice – As an examinee cannot be a good examiner similarly you being a writer cannot find your own mistakes, therefore taking an expert advice in this sense is always beneficial for your write-up.

Thus, aforesaid tips help in writing for a high quality journal.

To What Extend Is Google Scholar Contributing to Enriching Society?

Introduction of a special targeted search engine “Google Scholar” for academicians, scholars are assisting in bringing content upfront more relevant to their requirement.

It will continue to be more beneficial to scholar community, authors and users of open access and society at large provided it develops a strong collaboration between users and providers of academic information.

Popularity of specialized search services, such as Google Scholar, is an inevitable and welcome approach in the academic community for the simple logic that Google Scholar enables you to search content specifically for scholarly literature, including research results, review papers, thesis, books and abstracts from all areas of research and technology.

Students and researchers are using Google Scholar to find articles from a wide range of academic publishers, professional societies, repositories and universities, as well as research articles available across the web.

Google Scholar has a potential edge over some other existing search engines because it serves as a specialist with its existing advantages. It is like going to a specialist doctor for your ailment rather than going to a general physician. It makes your search more targeted and results more accurate.

Unavailability of concrete answers about the search results, lack of source description and ranking criteria is creating concerns about comprehensiveness of Google Scholar search results and is creating more doubts in minds of already sceptical academic audience which fears the possibility of results manipulation.

Some latest results have shown that Google Scholar has widened its coverage and enhanced its functionality over the years, as a result many from the academic fraternity has started trusting Google scholar more over. There are many different ways to search content across Google Scholar and other resources and the number results retrieved varies significantly between different resources, thus making data from these studies difficult to interpret as to which is better.

Though we cannot neglect the fact that in order to succeed further Google scholar will have to be updated and keep pace with expectation of its users and latest technological developments in order to be more useful to society.

The Hook or Crook of Open Access

In recent years there has been much discussion between publishing community, librarians and the research fraternity about the potential benefits of free access to research information. Like two sides of a coin, open access also has two sides to it. Let us discuss some pros and cons of the open access model here.

Let’s Discuss the Advantages First –

  1. Most positive aspect of open access model is – it is free for reader community. People in favour of open access state that free availability of research articles will ensure wider dissemination and thus benefiting science and research fraternity.
  2. Another advantage deriving community is libraries. The open access model is beneficial for libraries in a situation where they are forced to cut down on subscriptions due to increased charges.
  3. Increased readership – Under this model authors are able to share their research to wider audience available online, thus increasing readership because it is freely available to readers.
  4. Advantage for developing countries- Open access is a boon for researchers from developing countries where access to subscription based journals is an issue. Open access helps such researchers and scientists to have access to international research community with either waived or free publication fee.

Now Let’s Have a Look on Disadvantages Also – 

  1. Not free for author- though it is free for readers, authors have to pay for publishing. Thus proving there are no free lunches. This causes researchers and authors to discourage open access.
  2. Compromise on quality- it is argued that since open access benefits journals by publishing more articles, as majority of profit is coming from publication. Thus they encourage more articles, in turn destroying the quality of the article.
  3. Sustainability – It is argued whether an open access model can support research publication infrastructure over the long term, thus raising question over its sustainability.

The Cutting – Throat Competition of Journal Indexes

Indexation of a journal is a reflection of its quality. Indexed journals are measured higher in quality as compared to non-indexed journals, thus forming the basis of competition in journal indexing. And it is not spared from the debate.

Many popular indexation services have developed over the years. But credibility and ranking of each is a topic of discussion amongst the author community.

It has become a matter of concern as to how to decide which indexation service is most acceptable and valid globally. Also, what are the parameters for comparing the quality of papers/research published in a journal indexed by different indexation services.

The reason indexing has become an important parameter and thus a matter of contest is because academic institutions are emphasizing a lot on the importance of indexed publication, thus raising a contest among authors also for selecting the right kind of indexed journal for publishing their research.

Publishers and journals are found bragging about the number of indexing services that cover their journals. And this contention is because publishers want to attract more author fees by pretending to be the most sought after publication by way of number of indexing services that cover them.

This has lead to a lot of confusion amongst the author community as selection of a high quality journal has become a difficult decision. Absence of correct guidelines on this topic is another reason for this confusion. As a result, many publications are claiming that their journals are indexed in “X” number of indexing services, which in fact are not indexing services. Either projecting a false claim or they are ignorant about journal indexing.

Moreover, with so many indexation services in the market, there are questions and doubts which warrant a discussion. There are questions which need to be answered, like which indexation service is most relevant and universally acceptable. Associations of editors and other organization from the same fraternity can play a pivotal role in clearing these doubts.

Is Impact Factor the Only Possible Assessment Mode for a Journal?

The assessment of research publications is an important part of the research process. There are plenty of methodologies in practice, but three most common methods of assessing the merit of a research paper are subjective post-publication peer review, citations gathered by a research paper, and the impact factor (IF) of the journal in which the research was published.

The impact factor relates to a specific time period; though it is possible to calculate it for any desired time period. The impact factor is used to compare different journals within a same field. It is possible to examine the impact factor of the journals in which a particular person has published articles.

The use of impact factor is widespread, but debated because of its irrelevant use in evaluating individuals because there is a wide variation from article to article in a single journal. Still Impact factors have a great, but controversial, influence on the way published scientific research is perceived and evaluated.

Another reason it is debatable because some companies are producing false impact factors and the effect of policies that editors may use to improve their impact factor which is detrimental to readers and writers. Another factor to be considered is impact factor might not be consistently reproduced in an independent audit.

Another criticism focuses on the effect of the impact factor on response of scholars, editors and other stakeholders.

Many research foundations have published and suggested new guidelines to evaluate journals like the International Council for Science Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the Conduct of Science has issued a statement on publication practices and indices and the role of peer review in research assessment, advising many possible solutions to this issue—like considering a limited number of publications in a year to be taken into consideration for each researcher, or even penalizing researcher for a excessively large number of publications per year.

Emphasis has been raised on increasing importance of numerical indicators such as the h-index. Other to name are immediacy index, cited half-life, aggregate impact factor, source normalized impact per paper, page rank algorithm etc.

The methods shared above apply only to journals, not individual articles or scientists.

Article-level metrics such as H-index measure impact at an article level instead of journal level. Other more general alternative metrics include article views, downloads, or mentions in social media and tweet, thus introducing a “Twimpact factor” and Twindex. Public Library of Science introduced another method called article-level metrics.

Open Access Movement: How Far Has It Gone?

Success of Open Access is clearly visible from the outlook of the research community towards non acceptance of the results of their funding to end up in the trap of pay walls of the publishing community.

Another testimony to its success is a mandatory public access policy in force for most of the major fund raisers in many countries.

It is not enough to just change the way research results are published, it is also required to look upstream at how research experiments are carried out, and how the results are analyzed and prepared for publication.

The maximum benefit from the Open Access model can be achieved once we see a mechanism of tools, standards and policies in place which will ensure a seamless flow of data and descriptive metadata, starting from experimental design to data capture, analysis, and publication, retaining much of the required information at every stage.

Benefit so far from success of this model is not limited to what it has achieved so far but we cannot ignore the fact that it has laid a strong foundation for the further benefit of the research community.

Building blocks seem to fall in place, but there is a long way to go. The protagonists are putting their best forward to find out techniques so that data can flow in a meaningful way through the entire process till publication and also making results more reliable and reproducible.

The purpose of the open access model is not just limited to fixing library budgets or to put a dent in the businesses of existing publishers, it is aimed at introducing a new form of publishing that would ultimately provide research fraternity a method to more effectively share their research results and at the same time also challenging the age old notion that published content belongs to the publisher and benefiting the society at large.