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Get Published

This guide is about how to publish in scholarly journals and is especially for new and emerging researchers.

Publishing strategy

A publishing strategy may help you reach your 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.

Where to publish?

Prestigious journals 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 or the public be interested in your article? 

  • Consider professional/general magazines and other online publishing spaces. This will allow wider communities to view your article
Journals in a specialised research field

Is your research in a very specific research field?

  • Find journals that specialise in a particular research field by searching journal information in the database Ulrichsweb.
  • Ask your colleagues or your liaison librarians
Local or international journals

Does your article focus on issues that are unique to New Zealand?

  • A New Zealand publication or a publication in Australasia may be the best option

Open access publishing


Why publish OA?

  • OA journals engage with a wider audience
  • Publishing in OA journals could increase your citations and have a bigger impact to the research community and the society
  • OA publishing is especially good for fast growing research topics as the time to get published may be shorter


  • Which type of Open access publication is best for your article?
  • Many journals require an article processing charge (APC) for OA publishing. Do you have a budget for APC?
  • Try to find a journal does not charge APC 
Conference presentations and proceedings 

Does your article meet the theme of a conference in your research area?

  • Presenting your paper in a conference may lead to it being published in the conference proceedings or a journal

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 rewardedYou 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

Under the AUT Open Scholarship Policy 2020, AUT staff are required to deposit the accepted manuscripts of their published articles into the Tuwhera Institutional Repository. Self-archiving in an institutional research repository ("Green OA") has been shown to increase citations.

When selecting a journal for publishing, it is important to check whether the journal allows you to deposit your article in an open access institutional repository. 

Search the journal on the SHERPA RoMEO website to find publisher copyright policies and self-archiving information.

Publishing time

Is your research a fast growing topic and is it expected to reach an audience in a short time? 

  • Subscription-based journals usually take between 4 and 20 months to publish submitted articles. The websites of academic journals should provide information about how submissions are processed.
  • Open Access publishing is a good option to consider.
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.

Who is your audience?

Consider who are you writing for: 

  • Local or international
  • Academia or general public, or both

Promote your research

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.

  • Archive your articles in Tuwhera (AUT's open research repository)
  • Use online research profiling tools, e.g. Google Scholar Citations, ResearchGate, and ORCID -- Find more options.