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This guide has been created as an online version of the workshop "Making important decisions about publishing your research" (pdf version).
The workshop, presented bi-annually, is a hands-on session which covers important factors to help you decide where to publish your research.
Essentially, six aspects related to article publishing are covered:
Article types and features of a good journal
The South African research outputs accreditation system
Citation indicators currently used to evaluate journal performance
"Open Access” and hybrid options for publication
Unique author identification; co-authorship and the order of names
What you will learn:
Ability to make informed decisions about where to publish research by considering the difference between traditional and Open Access (OA) publishing and consulting accredited lists, impact factor and other indicators.
Employ ‘good practice’ in terms of standardised author name and preservation of research output
Ability to recognise the features of a good journal
Understand DHET’s Research Output Accreditation System including lists of accredited journals: ISI Citation Indexes, IBSS, DoE list of approved journals, European Reference Index for the Humanities
Use citation Indicators to determine the relative impact of journals (Impact factor and Journal Citation Reports (JCR), SJR, SNIP, Scopus Journal Analyser
Understand the benefits of OA, where to find OA journals, and where to find funding for OA publishing
Making your research available in the Institutional Repository