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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

 What to Consider When Choosing a Publisher

An introduction to academic publishing, this slide presentation provides an overview of publishing options, a discussion of open access publishing, and a selection of resources and tools to assist in evaluating which is right for you. 


   Raising Your Visibility Through Sharing Your Scholarship

This presentation covers benefits and challenges associated with leading academic sharing outlets--e.g., ResearchGate, Humanities Commons, arXiv, and Penn's institutional repository, ScholarlyCommons--and explores key considerations, including potential costs, copyright and permissions, and impact measurement. 


  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. 


  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.  

Spring 2022 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 our spring workshops continue to be online via zoom. Register in advance to receive the zoom link for each workshop.

Follow the links to register, for more information, and to receive Zoom link:

Introduction to EndNote: Managing Your Citations 
February 15, 11-12 Judith Currano

Getting Started with Mendeley: Organize and Cite
February 16, 11-12 Rebecca Stuhr

Zotero 101
February 17, 11-12 Shannon Robinson

Responsibly sharing your scholarship: what exactly is a Creative Commons License, and why should you care?
Tuesday, March 15 2:00-3:00 Christine Weller/Rebecca Stuhr

I finished my Dissertation, Now What? 
March 28, 2:00-3:00 Rebecca Stuhr

Introduction to Data Visualization
March 30 2:00-3:00 Manuel de la Cruz Gutierrez

Introduction to Online Profile Services
April 4 2:00-3:00 Manuel de la Cruz Gutierrez

Raising the Visibility of your Scholarship through Scholarly Platforms and Measuring Your Impact
April 5, 1:00-2:00 Rebecca Stuhr and Richard James

Dissertation and Copyright 
April 11, 1:00-2:00 Christine Weller

Ethical Dissertation Writing: Reuse, Permission, and References 
April 12, 2:00-3:00 Judith Currano

Spotting Red Flags for Low-Quality Journals 
April 14, 2:00-3:00 Richard James

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. 

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