Before making a publishing decision, it is crucial to be clear what your publishing goals are. Consider the following questions:
Be sure to talk to mentors, supervisors, colleagues and research networks for advice on key publications in your field.
Who do you want to reach with your research?
Where do these individuals/groups publish?
Where is a particular journal indexed - will these individuals/groups have access to it?
Does the scope of the journal fit your research?
Do you need to make your research open access to reach this audience?
What is YOUR publishing timeline?
What is the journal or publisher’s publishing timeline and acceptance rate?
Are there submission fees, page charges, or reprint charges?
Note: Generally very high-ranking journals tend to have very low acceptance rates and take many months or years to process the large number of submissions they receive.
See the next page in this guide, Evaluating Quality, for a comprehensive listing of resources and measures that can be used to evaluate the quality of a journal.
Another crucial issue you need to consider when making publishing decision is managing your rights as an author. As the creator of your research, you should regard your copyrights as valuable intellectual property and deal with it seriously. Deakin University and the Library have developed a range of resources to assist you to take control of your copyright as an author: