Researching Your Topic

What kind of writing do you want to do?

What has already been written on my topic?

Consult a subject database. Does your information fill a void or offer a new perspective?

Online video module and handout - What has been written on my topic

Submitting your Article- Know Your Options

Where should I submit my writing?

Making an impact: Deciding where to submit an article

Measuring your Research Impact - Learn how to search for journals based on their ranking in a subject area. (In other words, how much impact does a journal have in a specific field).

Databases by Subject- Is the journal indexed in major databases in your field?

Online video module and handout - Journal Ranking

Know your options- Know your rights: Do you want closed or open access?

This video give a short explanation of Open Access. Just because you wrote an article doesn't mean you have rights to it after it is published! Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions (from Peter Suber's "Open Access Overview"). For more information, please visit the library's Open Access page.

CURVE- Carleton's institutional repository- collects, preserves and makes accessible Carleton's digital research and teaching materials.

SHERPA/RoMEO- Find out what kind of permissions a journal has for depositing in a repository

OpenDOAR-Directory of Open Access Repositories

Author Rights

If you sign a traditional publication agreement, many rights go to the journal. Addendums are available to modify the agreement before you sign, which would allow you to distribute copies in a class or to colleagues, or to place on a webpage or in an online repository. For more information see Resources for Authors/Researchers.

Citation Management

What citation style should I use?

Check Instructions for Authors on journal/publisher websites to find out how your paper should be laid out.

Citation Management- Learn about tools that will help you collect and generate citations based on your needs.

Citing Your Sources- Links to various style manuals and tip sheets.

Useful Resources on Scholarly Publishing/Writing for Publication

Writing For Scholarly Journal Series- Online Videos & Handouts

The ACS guide to scholarly communications (2020)

The handbook of scholarly writing and publishing (2011)

Academic writing and publishing: a practical guide (2008)

Writing your journal article in 12 weeks: a guide to academic publishing success (2019) Z471.B45 2009

Revising your dissertation: advice from leading editors (2008) LB2369.R49 2008 (Floor 4)

Optimize Your Publishing-Maximize Your Impact (2011)- PDF document from The Right to Research Coalition

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