LIBR 201: Publish Smart, Maximize Impact

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OA & Journals

How to find an open access journal -- or or at least one that let's you post your own work:

Directory of Online Journals (DOAJ) includes thousands of open access journals. If you are willing to work with one of these journals, you won't need to negotiate in order to retain your copyright.

SHERPA/RoMEO Lets you search a journal or publisher, and find the (default) degree of open access:

  1. can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version Green
  2. can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) or publisher's version/PDF Blue
  3. can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing) Yellow
  4. archiving not formally supported White


Authors often want to submit their articles to the most prestigous and/or highest impact factor journals. Journal Impact Factor from ISI is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a given period of time. ISI's Journal Citation Reports can create a list of the most highly cited journals from a highly selective group of journal titles.

This method is not without controversy as some research has found that there is no statistical correlation between the impact factor of a journal and the actual citation rate of its articles, and that journals that publish many reviews tend to have  higher impact factors (since reviews are frequently cited).

EigenFactor and its Article Influence score, is another way to measure impact. It also includes cost factors, and takes into account the different citation patterns in the social sciences vs. the sciences.

PLOS (Public Library of Science) is developing article level metrics, so that each article will be assessed on its own merits, not just on that of the journal as a whole. And research shows that open access to an article increases its citation.

Last Update: September 25, 2011 10:56