Central Medical Library provides support in various stages of preparing and publishing your thesis and papers.
How to choose the right journal for your paper
Publishing papers in high quality peer-reviewed journals is an important goal associated with most research activities. Where you choose to publish your work is especially important, since this can impact your career advancement, funding opportunities and professional reputation for years to come. There are over 30.000 active scientific journals indexed in international bibliographic databases today, so choosing the right journal for your paper can be a daunting task.
Librarians from CML can help you to choose the right journal for your manuscript. You can send us your request via e-mail, schedule an appointment with the librarian or enroll in one of our workshops.
Peer review is a foundational component of the research system. Through rigorous evaluation, it ensures accuracy, precision, and verifiability of research findings prior to dissemination within the wider community. The critical insights and constructive recommendations provided by expert peers can significantly enhance the overall quality of the reviewed work.
The European Association of Science Editors (EASE) Review Committee has compiled a set of useful guidelines on topics related to peer review. If you are interested in learning or expanding your knowledge on how to write a review, how to respond to reviewers' comments, or how to select a reviewer - consult the EASE Peer Review Toolkit.
Open access and copyright issues
Open access to peer-reviewed scientific literature enables its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited (BOAI).
Open access to scientific publications can be achieved through:
- Publishing in OA journals (“gold OA”) or choosing the OA option in hybrid journals. This provides immediate and unrestricted access to all content.
- Self-archiving (“green OA”) - authors share a publisher-allowed version of their paper (submitted, accepted or published) by posting it in an institutional or subject repository, personal web pages and/or social media profile. Publishers usually apply embargo period (in STEM disciplines six to twelve months).
- Preprinting - authors make their work public prior to official journal publication by sharing research results in the form of a preprint.
Creative Commons licenses are often used in OA publishing. They help authors retain their rights while allowing others to use and share their work. There are several types of Creative Commons licenses, depending on the level of permission granted to others to reproduce, modify, distribute, and use the work in various ways.
For more information on self-achieving, we recommend using the Sherpa Romeo portal, a online tool that provides an overview of journals and their respective OA publishing policies. However, you should always double-check the copyright transfer agreement that you signed with the publisher.
Research data management
Members of UZSM can store their datasets and data management plans in the institutional repository Dr Med. The repository provides open access, implements interoperability standards, and complies with international funding bodies mandates.
For assistance in preparing and self-archiving DMPs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author IDs and profiles
Increasing the visibility of your research work and its’ scholarly outputs in an online environment has become an important skill for researchers. Enhanced visibility and discoverability potentially brings an increase in readership and citations. In addition, using various online tools for promoting your research and scientific skills and interests will help you reach other researchers and gain collaboration opportunities. If you want to learn more about researcher IDs, author profiles, and other tools for boosting research visibility in the scholarly community, contact us via e-mail, schedule an appointment with the librarian or enroll in one of our workshops.