September 10 2020

Top 10 Journals to Publish Your Negative Results

Failure is the stepping stone to success. Most technological advancements have stemmed from initial failures. Even well-executed experiments with a clear hypothesis produce inconclusive or negative results. However, the research community has become quite accustomed to celebrating only positive find

March 20 2020

Goodbye Impact Factor – Welcome TOP Factor!

In the highly competitive science race, journal impact factors (based on citations) are often used as indicators of journal rank and therefore, scientific excellence. However, this research metric has been manipulated and abused by authors, journal editors, and publishers who artificially boost cita

March 5 2020

Useful Boolean Operators for Article Searches

Does your article search return thousands of articles, many irrelevant to your research? To increase their visibility and readership, journals index their publications on indexing databases. The indexing service acts as a database of journal articles and supplies other useful information such as jou

January 24 2020

Advance Your Health Sciences Research with Karger Publications

As an academic in health sciences, I’m constantly looking for good quality academic publishers. One of them is Karger Publications. I especially like their motto: “Connecting and Advancing Health Sciences”. They speak of great ideas as being a “spark” that matters and makes a difference. The aim of

January 9 2020

How to Assess the Quality of Journals

Authors wishing to publish their research aim to publish in journals with the highest ratings. Publishing in a prestigious journal not only looks good on your CV, but may also give you better career and funding opportunities. Researchers commonly use the journal impact factor (JIF) to assess overall

November 20 2019

Consider Publishing in Taylor & Francis Journals – Here’s Why

If you’re going to publish your research, you should aim to publish in a reputable journal. Researchers trust these journals because they publish accurate and high quality research. They ensure their publications go through rigorous quality control, something we all know as “peer review”. This, and

October 3 2019

The Perks of Having a Paper Published in SAGE Publications

While choosing a journal to target for your next publication, what do you consider? There are many important factors to keep in mind. Your research must, of course, be relevant to your chosen journal. Perhaps you will target a journal you have published in before, and where you know the editors. You

September 29 2019

Are Mirror Journals the Answer to Open Access Publishing?

The debate in the research community over whether and how to transition from the subscription model to open access (OA) continues to rage. Recently, mirror journals are proposed as a potential solution to this debate. Mirror journals are full OA versions of already existing subscription-only journal

August 13 2019

Reviewers Can Now Get ORCID Credits in PLOS Journals

You can also listen to this article as an audio recording. You aim to publish your work in an accredited, peer-reviewed journal. This means that others in your field gave “thumbs up” to your research, and that readers can trust the information in your paper. After the journal submission, comes the p

May 20 2019

Why Researchers Should Use Pre-Print Repositories

You can also listen to this article as an audio recording. As researchers, publishing our work is important for two main reasons. It helps us gain recognition for doing important research and make a name for ourselves in our respective fields and it is also necessary to receive grants and to attain

May 12 2019

Plan S and Transformative Agreements: Everything You Need to Know

You can also listen to this article as an audio recording. Plan S is an exciting development for the research community. So what exactly is Plan S? The key goal of Plan S is that, by 2020, publications from research funded by public grants must be published in open access journals or platforms. Pla

April 6 2018

Megajournals vs. Regular Journals: How to Choose Wisely

We cannot discuss megajournals without discussing open-access (OA) publishing. OA provides free access to published information with advantages such as no subscription fees, no paywall, and a wider audience. With the onset of OA, the megajournals, a category of OA journals, came into being. These ar

March 11 2018

How to Select the Right Journal Database

Journal databases are an important research tool to navigate prior to completing a well-organized research publication. Following on from the first steps of finding the right journal to publish, the exploration delineates by research topic thereafter. Once you find a key platform suited for your imp

January 24 2018

Predatory Publishers: How to Stop Them from Hurting Us!

There is a constant rise in the number of articles published in predatory journals. Young, inexperienced researchers are the main target of a growing group of dubious publishers that is willing to accept almost any manuscript (regardless of the quality or authenticity) for a fee. These supposedly ac

January 8 2018

Elsevier Journal Finder: How to Select an Appropriate Journal for Publishing

Researchers frequently spend time thinking about journal selection. What should be the best journal to publish their academic research? Academic publishing giant Elsevier aims to simplify this process. They have added the Elsevier Journal Finder to their list of research tools.Why Elsevier Journal F

November 29 2017

Predatory Publishing: The Cancer Continues to Spread

A predatory publisher is usually an open access journal. They charge authors article processing fees. These predatory journals collect fees without doing any peer review. Many academic authors publish in these predatory journals. Often, they don’t know that the journal is only pretending to conduct

November 7 2017

Journal Citation Reports: Journal Selection Simplified

There are thousands of journals in the world. How can you choose which one to publish in? One way is to select journals based on their quality. The Clarivate Analytics Journal Citation Reports provides journal rankings. This Report shows journals listed by Impact Factor. The online resource allows y

October 31 2017

How to Find Open Access Journals to Publish Papers

The open access model has garnered support from scientific communities over the years. OA allows members of the public to access the content without permission and paywall barriers. OA journals make it easier for scientists to share their data with a wide audience. Most research done in public inst

October 23 2017

Preprints: Does Publishing Research Early Have a Downside?

In biology, a debate has erupted over using preprints to share your research article early online, before undergoing a formal peer review at a journal. The preprint is posted on a self-archiving platform such as BioRxiv, which is free to everyone. As a form of early publishing, the preprint pioneer

October 23 2017

How to Find the Right Journals to Publish Papers

According to an estimate, more than 70,000 research journals exist, growing at a rate of about 3.5% per year. More than 1,000 new journals were launched in 2014 alone. These numbers can make journal selection a daunting task. However, you can get help from various online tools to narrow down your se

July 20 2017

A Quick Guide on Using the DOAJ Database

What exactly is open access (OA) and what does it mean to publishers and researchers? There have been many articles about OA and its benefits, but briefly, open access simply means that research is published in a forum that is accessible without having to pay a fee. Usually, if you want to access a