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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
400+ Tools and innovations in scholarly communication
Collaborative effort compiling an expansive list of tools and resources in scholarly communications. It currently includes over 600 tools divided over six phases of the research lifecycle: Discovery, Analysis, Writing, Publication, Outreach, and Assessment.
Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks by
Publication Date: 2009-01-20
A comprehensive guide on publishing articles in the humanities and social sciences. The innovative approach aids in overcoming author anxieties and helps to produce academic publications: "Each week, readers learn a particular feature of strong articles and work on revising theirs accordingly. At the end of twelve weeks, they send their article to a journal."
Getting Published in Academic Journals by
Publication Date: 2016-09-19
"The aim of this guide is to clarify the process [of scholarly publication] and offer advice. Getting Published in Academic Journals is written for graduate students and newly graduated PhDs who want to publish their research in peer-reviewed academic journals."
Publishing from Your Doctoral Research by
Publication Date: 2019-11-27
"The 'Insider Guides to Success in Academia' offers support and practical advice to doctoral students and early-career researchers. Covering the topics that really matter, but which often get overlooked, this indispensable series provides practical and realistic guidance to address many of the needs and challenges of trying to operate, and remain, in academia."
The Academic's Handbook, Fourth Edition by
Publication Date: 2020-09-21
"In this revised and expanded edition of The Academic's Handbook, more than fifty contributors from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds offer practical advice for academics at every career stage, whether they are first entering the job market or negotiating the post-tenure challenges of leadership and administrative roles."
Fall 2021 Support for Publishing and OA Week workshops
The Penn Libraries in collaboration with the Grad Center offers a slate of workshops to support your publishing process. From citation management to online profiles and scholarly sharing platforms to approaches to writing book reviews, from choosing a journal or publisher that serves your scholarly goals to ethical approaches to research. You can find a full list of our "Support for Publishing" workshops" on the Libraries workshop calendar. Most of our fall workshops continue to be online via zoom. Register in advance to receive the zoom link for each workshop.
Look for International Open Access Week 2021 Events.
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.
Citation Management Tools
Find resources for proper citation and get started with a variety of citation tools: Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote, Refworks, PowerNotes, and Noodle Tools. Connect with the Libraries' contact for each tool. Or contact your subject specialist
to find out more.
Copyright Resources to Support Publishing and Teaching
A guide for faculty, staff, and students at Penn about how to obtain, manage, and understand copyright issues for their work. Talk to your subject specialist
to get started
Information about support for the different aspects of data management, ethical use of data, documenting and sharing your data, making use of existing data. Contact email@example.com
to learn more.
The University's official manual for completing and submitting your dissertation. Departmental graduate advisors will be able to assist you. You may also want to review resources at the The Grad Center
Health and Life Science Research
Focused on the needs of researchers in the life and health sciences. Includes information about finding literature, protocols, and methods, setting up alerts to keep up to date, and help with publishing, and locating funding.
NIH Public Access Policy
The information in this guide will help with several of the compliance issues that University of Pennsylvania authors will need to address and is organized around three steps to compliance: addressing copyright, submitting to PMC and citing PMCIDs in NIH. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
to find out more.
"ORCID [Open Researcher and Contributor ID] provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized." To find out more, contact email@example.com
Research Impact and Citation Analysis
Brings together resources that provide measures of scholarly impact using both traditional metrics, such as journal impact factor and h-index, and emerging web-based alternatives, referred to as altmetrics, cybermetrics, and webometrics. For further assistance, contact your subject specialist
is the University of Pennsylvania's open access institutional repository for gathering, indexing, storing, and making widely available the scholarly output of the Penn community. Reflecting the core values of inclusion, innovation, and impact in the Penn Compact 2020, ScholarlyCommons shares the exceptional works of Penn faculty, staff, and students with a local, national, and global audience. Access to ScholarlyCommons is free to all. To get started or to find out more, contact your subject specialist