There are several elements to bear in mind during a publication process. If you for instance intend to apply to foreign research funders for funding, you need to make conscious choices about which journals to publish in.
The publication process
- Choose a journal (NB: avoid predatory journals)
- Check the requirements of any external funders
- Consider Open Access publishing
- Check whether the journal is approved(peer reviewed)
- Provide institution names (credits)
- Register and self-archive the articles in Cristin
- Make your research visible
- Measure your impact (bibliometrics)
Choose a journal - be strategic
- Target group (Where do your peers publish? Where do other experts within your discipline publish? The journal’s relevance for the results you wish to publish / who reads this journal?)
- Your and the journal’s timeline (What is the journal's acceptance/rejection rate? How long will it take the journal to review the research? What is your publication timeline? How many articles / how soon do you wish/need to publish?)
- Your long-term and short-term publication goals (Contribute to increased recognition? Publishing during the research project? Publishing following completion of the project? Quantity vs. quality...? Career gains?)
It is advisable to carefully evaluate the quality of the journals.
The following metrics can help you make good decisions and to be selective and strategic when choosing journals:
- Web of Science
- Journal Citation Reports
- Journal Impact Factors (JIF) is based on the average number of citations received per paper published in that journal during the preceding 2 years. The index is widely used as a measure of quality. JIF varies depending on the journal’s discipline as citation practice differs from discipline to discipline. You can therefore not compare JIF between different subject areas.
- The 5-year Impact Factor is useful for disciplines where citations usually occur after two years.
- Immediacy Index shows the average number of citations in the publication year and is useful when you consider journals with cutting edge research.
- Article Influence Score
- EigenFactor Score (uses data from WoS)
- Scopus Journal Analyzer
- SCImagoJR (SJR) is a measure of scientific journals’ influence and accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the significance of the journals where these references come from. SJR is a size independent indicator and ranks journals for their "average prestige per article". It is suitable for comparing journals in evaluation processes.
- SNIP and SJIR
- The Norwegian Publication Channel Registry
- Google Scholar
- Publish or Perish
- Discipline specific lists
Check the requirements of any external funder.
Researchers with EU-funded projects are required to make the research results publicly available, either by "gold" or "green" Open Access publishing. Scientific publications resulting from projects funded by the EU’s Research Framework Programmes - FP7 or Horizon 2020 - must:
- Be self-archived in Cristin to a science archive like ODA
- If possible be made available through this archive within 6 or 12 months, depending on the subject area.
- Research results published in Open Access journals must also be archived.
Funding from the Norwegian Research Council:
- Scientific journal articles resulting from projects fully or partly funded by the Research Council must be archived in an open electronic archive, either at the researcher’s institution or in a subject-specific open archive. The self-archived version must be approved by the journal's editorial staff for publishing (accepted version / post-print) and it must be identical to the final published article content-wise.
- For journals within medicine, health and STM disciplines, the Research Council accepts the open access to by delayed with 6 months in relation to the original publication date. For journals within the disciplines of humanities and social sciences, the delay may be up to 12 months.
- If articles resulting from projects fully or partly funded by the Research Council are not self-archived according to the principles of open access, the Research Council may withdraw funds until the relevant articles are self-archived.
How to ensure compliance with the requirements:
- Deposit the published version and the final peer-reviewed manuscript as accepted for publication in Cristin as soon as possible and at the latest, on publication.
- Use an author extension (e.g. Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine) and include the contract with the publisher. In the author extension you can select the rights you want to keep, such as the right to self-archive the accepted version/postprint in the institutional archive.
- Negotiate with the publisher after the publication. The university library may assist.
Consider Open Access
Open Access publishing implies that your research results are disseminated for free via the internet. This way, you can reach a wider audience than if your results were published in subscription databases. Read more about why to choose Open Access.
OsloMet has a support scheme for Open Access publishing to ensure that the Open Access publication fees do not hold back employees’ from publishing their research results.
Author address/ crediting
Read about crediting.
Authorised publication channels
It is not given that a journal lifts the quality of a scientific text. To ensure that the article is included in the funding system, always check the channel registry to see if the journal you wish to publish in is an approved channel. Scientific publications included in the funding system will go back to your department and help fund your research activity there.
The Norwegian Centre for Research Data (NSD) is responsible for the registry of authorised publication channels (journals, series and publishing houses). This is the starting point for scientific publications that will be included in the funding system.
Always check the NSD registry to make sure that the journal / publishing house you plan to publish in is approved. You can also search for publication channels within your subject area to get tips for valid and reliable places to publish.
- The ranking has two levels: Level 1 and Level 2 (especially high prestige).
- Ordinary scientific channels are located on Level 1. The highest prestige channels are located on Level 2. These provide higher credit concerning the number of publication points.
- Suggestions for new scientific publication channels (Level 1) are addressed to, and processed by, NSD.
- Nominations for high international prestige channels (Level 2) are put forward in a separate process under the auspices of the National Publication Committee and national professional strategy bodies. The lists are revised annually. Information about this process can be found on the website of the National Publication Committee.