Understanding scholarly publishing and finding the journal.
1. Overview of the scholarly communications process including disciplinary differences; peer-review process; bibliometrics; more about avoiding predatory publishers.
2. Identify call for papers including listservs and other venues; conference papers and blogging for feedback; how to identify some journals for potential publication.
The scholarly lifecycle can be circular moving from the informal to the formal and back again to the informal. For example:
communications via listservs, social media, or directly via email INFORMAL
gathering data, literature review, getting grant or other funding, detailed outline for book proposal
blogging, conference presentation, INFORMAL
conference paper, feedback on draft of article via preprint archive like arXiv QUASI -FORMAL
Author gets the feedback needed to improve the article to make it acceptable for the scholarly record. FORMAL
Publishing of conference paper, peer-reviewed journal article or book chapter published FORMAL
DISSEMINATION, PRESERVATION, and REITERATION
Scholars promote scholarship on social media INFORMAL
Dissemination and preservation of products including article as well as data via library institutional and subject repositories (e.g. Academic Works) and library databases QUASI-FORMAL
Research is cited by other scholars NEW RESEARCH, REITERATION
Image from University of Winnipeg Library https://library.uwinnipeg.ca/scholarly-communication/index.html
Three types of author-reviewer relationship:
Look at explication of type and style of peer review journal by journal.
Any journal promising fast peer-review is probably predatory.
The scholarly lifecycle varies, to some extent, from discipline to discipline.
When evaluating publication quality, discipline matters! Discipline-based norms of scholarship which in turn affect
Patrick Dunleavy (LSE)'s Thirty one things to consider when choosing which journal to submit your paper to
Journal impact factor
Meaningful for journals that are often well-known and traditional in scope and that are in the sciences and social sciences that are well-established. Journal impact factor (JIF) does not express the specific impact or influence of a specific article or author--it only addresses the journal itself. It reflects
Number of citations / number of articles
JIF can be gamed or manipulated by publishers and by authors, esp. by self-citation. City Tech does not provide access to the Web of Science which provides JIF data. Some other CUNY libraries subscribe.
Here are some free alternatives:
What is H-Index?
‘x number of articles have been cited x number of times’
H-Index favors papers with large numbers of authors and can only increase over time
One can find their h-index easily in Google Scholar if their work has been included in Google Scholar.
H-index can be gamed like any other bibliometric.
Altmetrics are available for open access publishing and can tell us about the impact of an individual article.
Do you care about publishing in an open access journal or having the right to deposit your work in Academic Works? You should!
Here is a handy guide from SPARC evaluating the openness of journals: Open Access Spectrum Evaluation Tool.
The related HowOpenIsIt? Open Access Guide is very helpful as well.
Do you get spammy emails asking you to publish in a journal or present at a conference to your City Tech email address? Those are almost always from a predatory publisher.
http://thinkchecksubmit.org/think/ THINK/CHECK/SUBMIT is a great, easy to use resource.
Look in your email for an email inviting you to publish or present and use think/check/submit to evaluate it!
Hallmarks of predatory/low-quality publishers
For most journals, unless there is a special or themed issue or an inaugural issue, seeking out call for papers is not necessarily relevant. However, this approach builds in deadlines that might help towards achieving our goals.
To find high quality conferences and book chapter opportunities, however, seeking out call for papers is super useful.
The CFP List--for humanities, chiefly English
Conference links, multi-disciplinary
alphabetical listing of calls for papers in academia
locate future conferences, congresses, meetings and symposia
: Global conference directory for conferences, conventions, trade shots and more.
: Academic conferences worldwide (emphasis on international)
: Busy website but many leads
: Seems to be a copy of Research Bib, but many leads
: search and browse for academic conferences, calls for papers, and programs in the humanities and social sciences
Science and Engineering
WikiCFP for sciences and technology
: mathematics, physics, nuclear applications, chemistry, earth sciences, computer science
: chemistry, biotechnology, nanotechnology, life sciences, chemoinformatics, engineering
: Straightforward list of worldwide microbiology conferences, meetings, symposia, and more
: Another straightforward listing of orldwide molecular biology conferences, meetings, symposia, and more.
: Scientific conferences, workshops and other events, primarily in the life sciences
: confsearch.org (computer science conference calendar and search engine)
call for papers including listservs and other venues; conference papers and blogging for feedback; Participants will identify some journals for potential publication.
Blogging is a great way to get writing as well as a means to get feedback. Many academics blog.
To find academics who blog in your area, just identify some prominent authors in your field and then google their names to see if they have blogs. In turn, they will link to other scholars' blogs. Also look for the blog of your professional organization.
Platforms for blogging:
Most importantly, target journals you know, read, and admire!
If you are unfamiliar with the journals in your discipline, you can
Specialized and general SoTL journals