Writing for Publication

Changes to Library services during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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

Journal Rankings - 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?

Just because you wrote an article doesn't mean you have rights to it after it is published! Traditional and open access articles both go through the same peer-review process, but traditional publishers charge fees to access an article. The cost to subscribe to traditionally published journals has risen dramatically in recent years, making it increasingly difficult for libraries to financially support.  Depending on the contract that you sign with a traditional publisher, you may not be able to distribute copies of your article or post it on a website. 

Open access is different.

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.

Online video module and handout - Traditional vs Open Access

Types of Open Access

Gold OA means the journal makes their articles free online.  Green OA is when an author publishes an article in whatever journal he/she chooses (traditional or otherwise), but a draft of the article (preprint, postprint) is saved in an insitutional repository to make it free online.

Online video module and handout - Gold Open Access

Online video module and handout - Green Open Access

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 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 (2009) Z471.B45 2009

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

Getting published: a guide for lecturers and researchers (2003)

Publish, Not Perish- The Art & Craft of Publishing in Scholarly Journals: From University of Colorado Libraries, this online research tutorial focuses on publishing in scholarly journals (List campus affiliation as "Other")

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

Blog: Research Impact: Scholarly Communications @ Carleton University- "provides information regarding initiatives of the Carleton University Scholarly Communications committee, as well as useful readings and other information about scholarly communications".

Content last updated: July 31, 2017