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Researcher Services and Support: Getting Published

Thinking of publishing? This guide contains everything you need to know about the publishing lifecycle, copyright, self-archiving, and promoting your research.

Selecting a Journal

Deciding which journal to publish in can be challenging. Here are some points to consider and resources to help you choose an appropriate journal for your research. 

Don't sign on the dotted line without being aware of your rights as an author! Head to the Author Rights and Copyright tab next to find out more information about author/publisher agreements, transfer of copyright, and your options for retaining rights to your work.


Think. Check. Submit!

With so many academic journals available, and new journals and research being released every day, how can you tell where to publish? What should you look for, and what should you avoid? Think. Check. Submit. is a cross-industry initiative that aims to help authors identify trustworthy journals. This initiative provides a checklist for authors of what to look for to help you make an informed decision on where to publish. 

Need Help?

Himmelfarb librarians are here to help!

For questions about choosing journals to publish in, open access publishing, journal metrics and reputation, contact Ruth Bueter, Serials Librarian: / 202-994-9756.

For help with writing and formatting your manuscript, consult the GW Writing Center, located in Gelman Library Suite 221, / 202-994-3765. 

For help with research, study design, or if you have questions about the library's Systematic Review Service, contact the Reference and Instruction department: / 202-994-2850.