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Library guide for Researchers/Postgraduates: Publishing

Publishing strategy

Generally researchers will try and publish at least one journal article and one conference paper as well as their Thesis or Dissertation.  Check with your supervisor on the recommended journals within your field.

This is a big decision as once published in one source you may not be able to publish in another source.  Also decide do you want a national or international audience.  Some journals have more impact than others.  Check with the library regarding impact factors.

Why it is important to publish.

  • Publishing increases discovery of and access to your research. 
  • Publishing raises your profile, establishes you as a contributor in your field of research and may lead to opportunities for future collaborations.
  • Your publication and citation record may be assessed in grant, job and promotion applications.
  • Publishing subjects your research ideas to the testing and scrutiny of others in your field.
  • Publishing is a requirement or expectation of employment in academic and research institutions.


  • JANE: Journal/Author Name Estimator
    Use JANE: Journal/Author Name Estimator to find the best place to publish by comparing your title, abstract, or Keywords to millions of articles in MEDLINE and finding the best matching articles, journals or authors.

Publishing your Research

How to write a paper
Prof. G. Whitesides from Harvard University discusses his perspective on authoring a scientific article. Produced by ACS Publication Videos (2012)


Choosing a journal title

Pick the right journal: it’s a bad sign if you don’t recognise any of the editorial board

Check that your article is within the scope of the journal that you are submitting to. This seems so obvious but it’s surprising how many articles are submitted to journals that are completely inappropriate. It is a bad sign if you do not recognise the names of any members of the editorial board. Ideally look through a number of recent issues to ensure that it is publishing articles on the same topic and that are of similar quality and impact.
Ian Russell, editorial director for science at Oxford University Press

Athlone IT rules for publishing Dissertations

The rule is for 2 (soft bound) copies and one electronic copy to be lodged to the postgraduate research office (for submission to the registrar's office) one of which shall be forwarded to the external examiner (more copies are required if there are more than one external examiner). On obtaining a successful outcome, the three (depending on the number of external examiners) copies of the final thesis should be lodged with the Institute's Registrar.  The Registrar's office will confirm receipt, to the student, of the documents submitted.  One copy is forwarded for reposit to the library and this will be an electronic copy going forward.