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Services for Authors at the Penn Libraries: Introduction-Getting Started


Navigating the publishing world—scholarly or otherwise—can be a daunting process because of the many considerations at play, and the often-times high stakes involved. This guide will help you identify key elements to explore in order to make an informed decision about where to publish your work.


Resources: Getting Started

Support for Publishing Workshop Slides

These slides are available as templates for teaching and workshops, or for learning more about the topic. Please contact your subject specialist for more information. 


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Open Access at Penn
You will find a definition of open access publishing, information about how the Penn Libraries supports it, and avenues for assessing journal quality. 2023


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Notes for Ethical Dissertation Writing 
This document represents a method of developing an ethical authorship workshop 


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Raising Your Visibility Through Sharing Your Scholarship
This presentation covers the benefits and challenges associated with sharing your work on academic platforms both commercial and discipline specific. In particular, it provides information on pre-print platforms and their role in time stamping your work, making your research discoverable, and providing an opportunity for discussion among peer scholars. Link to script. Updated 2023


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Choosing Publishing Options for Medical Academics
An introduction to academic publishing tailored to the needs of academics in the medical field. These presentation slides include an overview of the publishing landscape, an exploration of open access publishing (along with potential costs and funding sources), and tools and resources for selecting a publishing outlet and evaluating scholarly impact. Fall 2022


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 I Wrote My Dissertation, Now What?
Designed for those currently writing a dissertation or who have recently completed one, these workshop slides provide an overview of important considerations, including: embargoes, submitting to ProQuest, copyright registrations, Creative Commons licenses, scholarly repositories, future publishing goals, etc. Link to script.  updated 2023

Get in Touch

Beyond this guide, Penn Libraries' subject specialists are available to further assist in the publishing process. With expertise in identifying, evaluating, and assessing impact of journals, publishers, and scholars across the disciplines, our subject specialists are a useful resource for your publishing needs. 

Spring 2023 Support for Publishing workshops

Get Organized with Mendeley: Get Started, Bring Your Questions
February 6, 2023 11:00AM - 12:00PM GRADUATE CENTER AT PENN

Introduction to EndNote: Managing your Citations

Zotero 101
February 8, 2023 11:00AM - 12:00PM ONLINE

RefWorks: Getting Started and Troubleshooting
February 9, 2023 1:00PM - 2:00PM
GOLDSTEIN ELECTRONIC CLASSROOM (Room 114), Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center 

Introduction to Data Visualization 
February 13, 2023 1:00PM - 2:00PM GRADUATE CENTER AT PENN

Ethical Dissertation Writing: Reuse, Permission, and References
February 18, 2023 1:00PM - 2:00PM GRADUATE CENTER AT PENN

Understanding and Leveraging Online Academic Profiles
February 20, 2023 11:00AM - 12:00PM GRADUATE CENTER AT PENN

Raising the Visibility of your Scholarship: Preprint Platforms and Academic Sharing Sites
February 22, 2023 11:00AM - 12:00PM GRADUATE CENTER AT PENN

I Finished My Dissertation, Now What? 
February 28, 2023 11:00AM - 12:00PM GRADUATE CENTER AT PENN

Image Use and Permissions for Research and Publishing
March 14, 2023 1:00PM - 2:00PM GRADUATE CENTER AT PENN

What to Know Before Starting Your Dissertation
March 16, 2023 1:00PM - 2:00PM ONLINE

Open Educational Resources
March 21, 2023 2:00PM - 3:00PM ONLINE

Where to Publish for the Health Science Community
March 23, 2023 1:00PM-2:00PM ONINE