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Selecting a publisher: Essential resources for HDR candidates and early career researchers

Published/Released on February 28, 2016 | Posted by Admin on February 27, 2016 / , , , , , , ,
 


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Research integrity codes like the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research direct that the results of research should only be reported once. Of course this does not preclude the reporting of a completely new analysis of data collected for a project that has previously been reported (albeit with appropriate citation of the earlier output). This underlines the importance of the selection of a quality publisher/avenue to ensure  the maximum impact for your work.

In the case of journals a good place to start is Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2015. Beall’s list is widely a regarded as one of the best lists of its kind. It is however important to remember that a single resource, especially a static list, should not conclude your assessment of a potential publisher. A couple of things to remember about Beall’s list include:

i) not all open access journals are necessarily predatory or of a poor standard; and

ii) in some cases predatory journals can take over the name of dead respected journals (a phenomenon sometimes referred to as a Zombie Journal) and so not necessarily appear on the Beall’s list .

Another useful resource is Ulrich’s international periodicals directory – check with your library to see whether your institution has paid for access to Ulrich’s directory.

If you are a HDR candidate you should always discuss the selection of a publisher with your supervisor and consult a research librarian for your area. If you are an early career researcher your colleagues and mentors are a good source of ideas/information.



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