An overview of what to consider when deciding where to publish your type of scholarly work.

Journal Article

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).

The University of Minnesota supports open access publishing through the BTAA Author’s Rights Addendum, the U of M Open Access Policy, and Libraries Publishing.

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

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.

Instructional Materials

Open Educational Resources (OER) can be freely customized for courses. Saving students money is a big benefit, in addition to update capability.

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]

Need more help?

Ask Libraries Publishing Services.