Publication is a significant form of communicating the results of scientific inquiry. It is necessary for a researcher who is starting out to adjust to the idea of publishing articles frequently. If the articles deal with the themes of the dissertation, publishing is a good way to get valuable feedback on the contents of this larger project.
If you do not publish your research outcomes no one will ever know of its existence. Producing publications is not easy and it is not in fact research, but it is essential to your research effort, as future grants, promotion, and other job opportunities will depend upon the substantial high-quality research outputs documented in your CV.
Unless you have documentation of the acceptance of your research outputs by your peers, you will be unable to prove to potential grant funders, promotion panels, NRF rating committees just how good your research output is, or indeed, even if you have been productive at all.
This guide provides information and resources to help you make important decisions about publishing your research.
It is commonly accepted that scientific publishing is regulated by a set of principles. The order that is afforded by these principles distinguishes scientific literature from popular literature:
Source: Prof Wieland Gevers (RLC Academy, 2011)