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Presentation at the L2L Seminar "Best Practice for Communicating Library Initiatives and Research: How to get Noticed" held in the Institute of Technology Carlow on 8th November 2018. L2L (Library Staff learning to support learners learn - www.l2l.ie) is a two year collaborative project between IT Carlow, DIT and DKIT.

Presentation at the L2L Seminar "Best Practice for Communicating Library Initiatives and Research: How to get Noticed" held in the Institute of Technology Carlow on 8th November 2018. L2L (Library Staff learning to support learners learn - www.l2l.ie) is a two year collaborative project between IT Carlow, DIT and DKIT.

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  1. 1. Dr. Fintan Bracken IT Carlow Library Publishing a Journal Article: The Why and the How
  2. 2. Presentation Outline • Why publish? • Identifying appropriate journals • Structure of an article • Search engine optimisation • Peer review & manuscript revision
  3. 3. Why Publish a Journal Article? • To inform the discipline & share knowledge • To increase the impact / visibility of your work • To disseminate your research findings • To gain recognition & enhance your CV • To express yourself creatively
  4. 4. Identifying Appropriate Journals (1) • Need to identify the right audience for your paper • Professional journals  An Leabharlann  SCONUL Focus  Information Professional • Academic journals  College and Research Libraries  Aslib Journal of Information Management  New Review of Academic Librarianship  Reference Services Review
  5. 5. Identifying Appropriate Journals (2) • Journal scope • Editorial Board / Peer-Review System / Waiting time • Number of issues per year • Terms & Conditions e.g. Open Access • Impact factor metrics (JIF, SJR, SNIP, CiteScore, etc.) should be used as a guide to selecting high impact journals • Query email to journal editor(s) to gauge interest
  6. 6. Journal Citation Reports https://jcr.incites.thomsonreuters.com/
  7. 7. SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) www.scimagojr.com
  8. 8. CiteScore https://www.scopus.com/sources
  9. 9. Web of Science & Scopus Analyse Results Tools • The analyse results tools in Web of Science and Scopus can be used to find appropriate journals for your article:  Web of Science: Video tutorial  Scopus: Video tutorial
  10. 10. Tools to Help You Select an Appropriate Journal • In EndNote Online there is a tool called “Match” which will suggest suitable Web of Science journals for an article title & abstract (see http://endnote.com/product- details/manuscript-matcher) • See also: https://www.edanzediting.com/journal-selector
  11. 11. Article Structures • Structure different for various types of articles including:  Practice-based article  Research article  Review article
  12. 12. Practice-based Article Structure • Introduction • Background/Context • Case study • Results/Reflection • Conclusion • References (usually small number, some articles may have none)
  13. 13. https://ulir.ul.ie/handle/10344/3744
  14. 14. Research Article Structure • Abstract • Introduction • Background/Context • Methodology • Results/Analysis • Discussion • Conclusion • References
  15. 15. https://doi.org/10 .1108/AJIM-02- 2013-0009
  16. 16. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) • The process of identifying factors which impact search engine accessibility • Key aspects of article for SEO:  Title  Abstract  Keywords
  17. 17. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) 1. Ensure the title is clear & descriptive & incorporates a key phrase related to your topic. Avoid humorous titles. 2. Choose appropriate keywords & phrases for your abstract and repeat them 3-4 times throughout the abstract. 3. Provide at least five keywords or phrases in the keywords field including those you repeated in your abstract. Provide additional relevant keywords & synonyms for those keywords as they relate to your article. 4. Use headings for the various sections of your article to tip off search engines to the structure and content of your article. Further information: http://www.wiley.com/legacy/wileyblackwell/pdf/SEOforAuthorsLINKSrev.pdf; https://authorservices.wiley.com/author-resources/Journal-Authors/Prepare/writing-for-seo.html; Beel, J., Gipp, B. and Wilde, E. (2010) 'Academic search engine optimization', Journal of Scholarly Publishing , 41(2), 176-190, http://muse.jhu.edu/article/369308; Grieves, C. (2015) 'Maximising the Exposure of Your Research: Search Engine Optimisation and why it matters', methods.blog: Official blog of Methods in Ecology and Evolution [online], 18 Dec 2015, available: https://methodsblog.com/2015/12/18/seo/ [accessed 08 Nov 2018]; Hays, J. C. (2010) 'Eight Recommendations for Writing Titles of Scientific Manuscripts', Public Health Nursing , 27(2), 101-103, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1525-1446.2010.00832.x
  18. 18. Well-Optimised Abstract Example • Source: http://www.wiley.com/legacy/wileyblackwell/pdf/SEOforAuthorsLINKSrev.pdf
  19. 19. Submission & Cover Letter • Submit via online submission system or via email to editor • Submit a cover letter explaining the importance of your manuscript to the editor • Academic journals – peer review
  20. 20. Outcomes of Peer Review • Accepted as is • Accepted with minor revisions • Accepted with major revisions • Rejected • There may be a second or third round of revisions before the paper is accepted
  21. 21. Manuscript Revision • Make changes as quickly as possible • Prepare a response letter replying to each reviewer comment in detail • If you don’t implement a reviewer’s suggestion, explain why • Persistence is key – don’t get disheartened & stick with it • Often comments aren’t as bad as they first appear & can be dealt with relatively easily without major changes to the manuscript
  22. 22. Tips • Look for co- authors & be open for opportunities to collaborate • Be patient - Some papers can be slow burners! https://doi.org/10.18352/lq.10222 https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.03295
  23. 23. Google Scholar Researcher Profile https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=v9oKT5AAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
  24. 24. Helen Fallon (MU) – Workshops & Blog • http://academicwritinglibrarian.blogspot.com/
  25. 25. Questions? Thank you for listening Dr. Fintan Bracken, Deputy Librarian, IT Carlow Tel.: 059 9175770 Email: fintan.bracken@itcarlow.ie ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1228-5109 Google Scholar profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=v9oKT 5AAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao Acknowledgements: This presentation draws on content from the following talks: Dunne, D. (2017) Introduction to scholarly publishing: The journal publishing cycle. Available at: http://libguides.ul.ie/ld.php?content_id=2904890 6 [accessed 07 Nov 2018]. Fallon, H. (2013) Publishing and disseminating your research and practice. Available at: https://www.slideshare.net/Helen999/writing-for- academic-publishing- 24281699?next_slideshow=1 [accessed 07 Nov 2018].

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