Scholarly Communications Toolkit

Writing for Publication

Once you have concluded your research, the next step is publishing your findings. Writing for publication requires some specific skills. The eBooks below provide tips on how to do this successfully.


Publishing in Journals

Often, researchers want to publish their findings in journals. Here are some things you will want to consider when starting the process of looking to publish in a journal.  

1. Choose a journal first. Read their guidelines for authors to learn the formatting and submission requirements. Best to conform your piece to their rules than try to rework afterwards.

2. Follow the Institutional Review Board guidelines if applicable.

3.  Ask the library for help with sourcing appropriate journals.

Below are some sources that can help you with the journal publication process.  

Choosing a Journal 

Below are some sources that can help you with finding a journal in which to publish your article.  

The following guide from the Association of College and Research Libraries gives some additional information on evaluating journal quality and may help you in choosing a journal in which to publish.  

Copyright and Permissions

Another thing to think about while finding a journal to publish in is copyright and permissions.

Many journals require that the creator give over copyright to the journal. You will need to look at the information on publisher's website for information on how copyright is handled. Here are some of the major publisher’s author pages to assist you on finding copyright terms and other information about how your information will be handled:

Predatory Publishers

One thing to be aware of when looking for a journal to publish in is the fact that there some that are produced by predatory publishers. 

“Predatory journals and publishers are entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practices" (Grudniewicz et al., 2019, The definition section).

You will need to read the publisher's website carefully to determine if the journal has ethical publishing practices.  

Other Options for Sharing Your Research

Creative Commons Licensing

Another avenue for sharing your research is to license it using one of the Creative Commons licenses. For information about Creative Commons licenses, see the link below.  


Grudniewicz, A., Moher, D., Cobey, K. D., Bryson, G. L., Cukier, S., Allen, K., ... & Ciro, J. B. (2019). Predatory journals: No definition, no defence. Nature.