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Getting Published: Journal Articles: Get started


Welcome to the Getting Published: Journal articles Research Guide. This guide provides information about all stages of the scholarly publishing process, including writing, submitting your manuscript to a scholarly journal, the peer review process, how to promote your published article to increase impact and the open access publishing model.

**Before you submit your article get an ORCiD understand it and USE IT.**

What is a scholarly journal?

A scholarly journal publishes high-quality academic or scholarly content that includes original research articles, written by researchers and experts in a particular academic discipline. Generally, scholarly journals follow the peer review process where manuscripts submitted for publication are evaluated by editors and selected experts (peers).

How can I tell if a journal is scholarly or not?

  • Check Ulrichsweb to determine the peer review status of the journal.
  • Confirm that the journal is not a potential predatory publisher.
  • Does the journal contain a list of editorial board members in the inside front cover or first few pages of an individual issue?
  • Does the journal provide information for authors regarding the peer review process?
  • Does the journal publish articles that offer new theories, report primary results of original research in an academic field, or summarize previous research?
  • Do articles include the source of information, such as author/date references in the text, footnotes or bibliographies?
  • Do the journal articles include the name and academic affiliation of the author at the beginning or end of the article? Articles in an academic journal are never anonymous.

Contact your Librarian for further advice.

The Nature Index: High-Impact Publishing

The Nature Index provides an overview of publications produced by individual Institutions drawn from a selected group of 68 high-quality science journals selected by a panel of active scientists independent of Nature Research. The Nature Index provides a snapshot of high-quality research output at the institutional, national and regional level, and can provide some guidance to the following questions:
  • How much high-quality scientific research tracked in the Nature Index is produced by my institution? How does this compare to other research organizations across the world/in my region/in my broad field?
  • Which institutions make the biggest absolute contribution to high-quality scientific research tracked by the Nature Index globally/in my region/in my broad field?
The Nature index is intended to be one of a number of metrics used to evaluate research output and should not be relied upon in isolation.  Check out The University of Queensland Research Profile here.