Where you publish will affect the impact of your work. Consider factors such as the following in deciding where to publish:
Where to find information about particular journals:
There are many new forms of scholarly communication, networking, collaboration, and sharing that supplement traditional methods.
The new forms of scholarly communication include things like blogs, tweets, podcasts, videos, and so on. New forms of connecting with the research community include institutional repositories like UNI ScholarWorks, interdisciplinary scholarly networking tools like ResearchGate, and discipline-specific repositories.
Using these new methods makes it more likely that your work will be noticed, read, cited, and contribute to the scholarly discussion.
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Research that is shared openly (free to all) will be available to faculty and students at all universities as well as other types of researchers, as opposed to being available only to those at organizations with the funds to purchase such materials.
Accepted Manuscripts (post refereeing, pre-publication)
Many publishers allow this version of a manuscript to be made openly available online. The SHERPA/RoMEO directory provides details on publisher copyright policies and self-archiving.
The Iowa Board of Regents encourages faculty, students, and employees to seek to retain intellectual property rights to the articles they publish in journals and other publications. The UNI Faculty Senate has endorsed a resolution encouraging contributions to the UNI institutional repository, UNI ScholarWorks. The UNI Author Addendum is a tool that can be used in working with publishers to retain rights.
UNI ScholarWorks and Other Institutional Repositories
UNI ScholarWorks is the name of the UNI institutional repository. Its purpose is to showcase work done by UNI students, faculty, and staff and make it available permanently. Work by current UNI faculty may be archived on the institutional repositories at other universities.
How does UNI ScholarWorks compare with other ways of sharing noted below? UNI ScholarWorks is a long term investment of the university. Commercial companies may not be around in the long term. Rod Library will do all the work for you including the rights checking and building your faculty profile page (SelectedWorks.) Research Gate and Academia.edu require you to do all rights checking on publications that you post.
Interdisciplinary Scholarly Networking Tools
This a platform that can be used to upload and share papers, obtain analytics such as document views and followers, and track particular researchers.
This also is a platform that can be used to upload and share papers, obtain analytics such as reads, citations, profile views, followers, h-index, and impact points.
Other Discipline or Subject-Oriented Repositories
Many disciplines such as economics (IDEAS) maintain their own respositories to which authors can upload papers and obtain analytics such as ranking with other authors, most cited item, and most downloaded item.