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Resources for Early Career Researchers: Publishing Your Research
This guide is designed to assist early career researchers with research and publication related questions. It provides an overview of tools and resources for individuals who are just getting started in their research career.
Linda Werling, Ph.D. who currently teaches in GW’s MD and PA curricula, has a distinguished record writing scientific articles and advising students who are writing up their own work for publication. In this article she offers advice for young researchers wanting to publish.
In this interview Stacy Brody gives advice for early career researchers looking to publish.
Budgeting for Publication Fees
Good news! Many times you can write the cost of the publication fee into your research grant. The NIH Grants Policy Statement includes a section related to publication and printing costs. The National Science Foundation also outlines publication costs in section 617 of their awards documentation. Be advised that it is best to consider publication costs early on in the research process. A lack of funding for publication fees can limit publishing options.
For more information about how to include Article Processing Charges (APCs) in your funding proposals, watch the short video below. This video includes sample language you can use or adapt for your funding proposals.
"I realized that although it’s OK to lend a helping hand, it’s also important to speak up for myself. In the years since, I’ve made a point of having a conversation about authorship as soon as possible in a collaboration if I’m being asked for a significant contribution to a project. These can be awkward conversations, especially when the collaborator is more senior than I am. But I’ve learned that they are necessary, because if you invest time in a project, then you deserve to have your efforts acknowledged."
"Patricia Gonce Morton, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Utah College of Nursing Dean, authored the content as part of a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) while participating in the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow program. The “Writing for Professional Journals” course can be used by an individual learner or can be adapted in any way for a course in a college’s program of study. The course also may be helpful to practicing nurses in a professional development program. The course content includes twelve modules. Each module has accompanying video instruction, PowerPoint slides, reflection assignments, activity log workbook assignments, and suggested reading lists." About the Journal Writing Course
Predatory publishers use the open access publishing model for their own profit.
“Predatory” publishers solicit articles from faculty and researchers with the intention of exploiting authors who need to publish their research findings in order to meet promotion and tenure or grant funding requirements. These publishers collect extravagant fees from authors without providing the peer review services that legitimate journals provide prior to publishing papers.
Predatory publishers share common characteristics:
Ultimate goal is to make money - not to publish scholarly research
Use deception to appear legitimate
Make false claims about services offered (peer review)
Unethical business practices
Exploit the need for academics to publish
No concern for quality of work published
Do not follow accepted scholarly publishing best practices