An overview of what to consider when deciding where to publish your type of scholarly work.
When choosing a journal to publish in, consider:
- The quality of the articles published in past issues
- Whether your research fits the scope of the journal
- Whether the journal is searchable in databases
- The type of publisher
- What type of restrictions you will accept—paywalled access, delayed open access
- Whether an open access journal charges an article processing charge (APC).
Books and Book Chapters
When choosing a publisher for your book/chapter, consider:
- How are the contract terms different for a society publisher, a university press, a non-profit publisher, or a commercial, for-profit publisher?
- Are you interested in self-publishing your book?
- Are you willing to transfer your copyrights to the publisher?
- Do you want to retain some rights for your book, such as to distribute copies online or make derivative works?
- Do you want to keep all copyrights for your book?
The University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing Services supports University-affiliated authors in publishing openly licensed books across all disciplines and genres.
Working Papers and Data Sets
You can archive your research in a repository for preservation and sharing purposes. Different repositories may focus on
- particular subjects, such as arXiv for physics and mathematics works
- a specific institution, such as the University of Minnesota's University Digital Conservancy.
- a content type like data sets, such as ICPSR
- some combination, like the Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM) or AgEcon Search for applied economics working papers
Contact your subject librarian for help in determining where to deposit your works.
Conference Papers & Proceedings
When publishing your work as a conference paper, consider:
- whether conference papers are important in your field (like they are in computer science)
- whether the conference distributes the proceedings beyond attendees
- whether the conference proceedings includes the full research paper or only an abstract
At the U, you can share your conference papers in the University Digital Conservancy.
Electronic Dissertations & Theses
Dissertations and theses produced by University of Minnesota students are archived in the University Digital Conservancy, which provides open access at a stable and persistent URL.
Open Educational Resources (OER) can be freely customized for courses. Saving students money is a big benefit, in addition to update capability.
- OER include textbooks and supplementary materials, like media.
- The Open Textbook Library (created at the U) gathers faculty reviews of open textbooks that can be freely downloaded or printed at low cost.
- The University Libraries' eLearning offers free and/or affordable course material solutions. Library Media Services is a resource for course media resources.
- OER of all types can be integrated into the U’s Canvas course management system.
Creative Works & Multi-Modal Scholarship
Beyond traditional written formats, scholars who work with non-traditional media have various options for sharing their innovative scholarship:
- Publishers have been exploring ways to include non-text, non-image scholarly materials into their publications.
- Many subject-oriented and institutional repositories support long-term preservation and access to non-text materials (e.g., images, music, video).
- Digital Arts Sciences + Humanities (DASH) provides tools and support for researchers to make projects that incorporate different forms of media and data.
- Blogs and other user-generated sites can incorporate many content types.
- These rich forms may challenge established practices around promotion, tenure, and evaluation of scholarship [link to Research Impact page]
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