A publishing strategy may help you reach better academic publishing goals. It can be considered before, during your writing, and at the stage when an article is completed. The following questions may help you with the design of your publishing strategy.
|Prestigious journal||It is good to publish your article in a prestigious journal, keeping in mind that prestigious journals usually take a longer period to assess articles and to process accepted articles due to the large number of submissions.|
|Professional or general magazines||
Will professional groups as well as the public consider your writing interesting?
|Journals in a specialised research field||
Is your research on a very specific research field?
|Local or international journals||
Does your article focus on the issues that are unique to New Zealand?
Open access (OA)
OA journals usually engage with wider audience. Publishing in OA journals could increase citations and may have a bigger impact on the research community.
|Conference presentation and proceedings||
Does your article meet the theme of a conference in your research area?
Other things to consider
|PBRF||The Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) aims to ensure that excellent research in the tertiary education sector is encouraged and rewarded. You can use library databases and other online tools to identify and choose higher impact journals in your field to raise the level of your research impact.|
|Institutional repository||Does the journal allow you to make your article open access in an institutional repository? Search a journal on the RoMEO website to find publisher copyright policies and self-archiving information. Self-archiving in an institutional research repository ("Green OA") has been shown to increase your citations.|
Is your research a fast growing topic and is it expected to reach an audience in a short time?
|Avoiding predatory journals||Predatory open-access publishing involves charging publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals. These are not usually indexed in academic databases (even when they say they are) and therefore will not achieve a high level of citations.|
Consider who are you writing for:
How to promote your publications and get cited?
Your article will only get cited when it can be discovered by other researchers. There are many ways to promote your research and make your research visible to research communities.