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What is Scholarly Publishing?
Scholarly publishing is the result of research from which scholarly writings are created. Scholarly publishing exists to:
- Describe the research
- Evaluate its reliability and reproducibility
- Disseminate it through multiple channels
- Preserve what has been done for future use. Further inquiry and subsequent knowledge is created from this system, which in turn results in additional communication among scholars.
Introduction to Scholarly Publishing
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Is there a difference between scholarly publishing and “scholarly communication”?
The term "scholarly communication" is a broader term than "scholarly publishing." It evolved in recent years to refer to communication methods used to bypass the increasingly prevalent difficulties with the traditional publishing model.
Scholarly communication can take a variety of forms: among them include face-to-face communication at association conferences or meetings, and web-based communication on wikis, blogs, or podcasts. Scholarly communication includes all informal communication among scholars as they create new knowledge and evaluate its usefulness.
Most scholars' primary reason to publish the results of their research is to disseminate the newly-created or discovered knowledge to other scholars. However, many secondary reasons to publish exist.
- The quantity and quality of a scholar's publications are used as a metric in the tenure process at many academic institutions.
- Academic institutions themselves may be judged based on the publishing records of their researchers and research programs.
- Some grants require that the results of the research funded be published.
Where to publish?
Cofactor Journal Selector
Identify a journal in which to publish based on subject, peer review, open access, speed of review and other factors.
Journal/Article Name Estimator (JANE)
Enter your article title or abstract and JANE will provide a list of journals that may be appropriate for your submission.
Journal Citation Reports
Look up the key journals in your field, sortable by impact factor, Eigenfactor or other metrics.
Scopus Journal Comparison
Similar to impact factor, Scopus evaluates journals with several metrics to determine their value within a given field.
The Center for Knowledge Management at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has created the Scholarly Publishing Information Hub (SPI-Hub™). This is a tool designed to support prospective authors with journal identification and evaluation. The tool is freely available and facilitates journal discovery by journal, topic, and author search (including the ability to leverage the use of an ORCID profile).
Journal Evaluation Tool
Designed at Loyola Marymount University to help faculty evaluate journals.
Journal Selection Tools: Choosing the Right Journal for Your Research
For additional help with any of the topics mentioned in this guide, contact:
Sara Hoover, Metadata & Scholarly Publishing Librarian