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Guide to Getting Published

As a researcher, you need to have a clear strategy on how to publish in the best journals with the hope that your research will bring maximum impact to yourself (e.g reputation and tenure) as well as to the others (e.g well referred, policy change, helping bottom billions).

Before you learn about the guides to getting published, please read and understand the USM publication requirements.

4-points How to Get Published in Good Journals

#Point 1: Evaluation of the Journal Quality

Journal Citation Reports (JCR), Scimago, DOAJ, MyCIte: These platforms will help you to evaluate the quality of the journals from different perspectives such as Total Cites, Impact Factor, Quartile, Immediacy Impact, Eigenfactor Score etc. From the data provided, then you may decide which journal is relevant to your needs.For instance, you may refer to the journal with high Immediacy Index (indicates how quickly articles in a journal are cited in the year of publication), in order to get an early citation.

#Point 2: Selecting the Relevant Journals

Springer Journal Suggester, Elsevier Journal Finder, Endnote Web: These platforms will suggest you about the relevant journals that you can consider to publish in, based on the manuscript of your research (usually you need to provide the title and abstract of research).

#Point 3: Be aware of the predatory/blacklisted journals or publishers

Predatory or blacklisted journals is an explosive educational publishing enterprise model that involves charging publication charges to authors without checking or having checking and editorial reviewing the articles for best and legitimacy. Researchers will be misleading and tricked into publishing with them although some may be aware that the journals are poor high-quality or even fraudulent.

60% of articles published in predatory journals receive no citations over the five-year period following publication1  and will be rejected by USM. You may check the list of predatory/blacklisted journals here:

#Point 4: Understand the Reviewing Process

Scirev, Medsci: – These platforms help you to identify how long the editorial reviewing process takes place, acceptance ratio, rejection duration, etc.

# This topic will be covered in Research Support Training: Information Literacy Advanced: Publishing & Sharing.

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