Disseminating your research is almost as important as the research itself. It is only when the results are compared to other results that it is possible to determine if and how they can be useful to others. Read more about:

General advice about publishing articles from Think. Check. Submit. on Vimeo.

Register all text production in DiVA

The University’s own analyses according to the 'Norwegian model' are based primarily on data from DiVA. Registration helps to ensure the accuracy of bibliometric analyses. Register your details in DiVA  in accordance with instructions. Even if you are a retired researcher, you can register your work in DiVA with your previous institution. This facilitates better analyses.

There might be several places where you should register your publications. Make sure to register according to the guidelines, regardless of format.

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Measurements and rankings

Measurements and rankings are based on data, and a misspelt name can lead to your publication not counting. Enter your name and institutional affiliation in a uniform matter in contacts with journals, publishers, conferences, and other stakeholders.

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Register an ORCID

Register an ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) in order to save all your information in one place. This helps to distinguish you from other researchers with similar names and allows you to upload a full list of publications.

Anyone applying for research grants in Prisma must use an ORCID as a permanent reference. As a retired researcher publishing your research, you can affiliate yourself with your former institution. This can have a clear impact on bibliometric analyses.

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Choose your publication channels actively and strategically

Check the journal’s peer-review policy

The peer-review policy and process are often described on the journal’s website. Also check that the list of people on the editorial staff and the editorial board seems reasonable. These are the people who will evaluate the review process.

Verify that the journal does not appear on lists showing frequent retractions of articles, and that the publishing fee is reasonable for the service you receive as an author

It is important that the peer-review process is documented and according to the international standard procedures for quality assessment. Open Access journals should be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), or similar services with quality checked information. The campaign Think, Check, Submit (see also video above) is another tool that provides advice on how to check the standard of a new publication channel.

It is recommended that a publishing channel or publisher is a registered member of the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE), as this organisation develop international guidelines for review processes and good publishing practices. Retraction Watch is another useful online resources that tracks the retraction of publications and explains why in blog format.

Verify that publishers and journals are included in the Norwegian list

The levels on the list are crucial for analyses if your institution uses these to allocate funding or verify level of quality.

Check the journal’s reach in various databases, as well as the nature of its readership

In many subjects, the journal should preferably have a high Impact Factor or be indexed in SCOPUS. Indexing in the Web of Science is also important. Book series can now be indexed in order to track the reach.

Check what other databases are indexing the journal

This is usually declared on the journal’s website under the heading “Abstracting & Indexing”. Other important databases are those that disseminate information to libraries and universities, e.g. EBSCOHost. The fact that the journal or book series is available in well-known databases typically means that it meets certain criteria that are important to ensure the quality of editorial processes.

Also verify that the journal is included on lists of important subject-specific databases.

If possible, choose Open Access in accordance with University policy

An Open Access journal should publish articles with DOI numbers, have an ISSN, and provide author agreements with clear licensing information. Even if it does not yet affect the outcome of bibliometric analyses, OA publishing is proven to increase the visibility and impact of your research.

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Publish internationally for greater impact

Publishing in English will ensure that your research has a greater international impact

Most available tools for analysing citations contain mostly publications written in English. In addition, international publishing channels can help your research reach readers who would otherwise not find the results.

If you publish mainly in Swedish, you should make sure that there are permanent digital links to the material, as well as register your work in DiVA

It is often difficult to have translated literature published, mainly because this may involve costs for licensing the material.

Publishing with Open Access facilitates the translation of the material into other languages

In that regard, Open Access can ensure that other people will be able to share in the results even if you prefer to write in Swedish. However, it is important to assign a proper license to the material under the Creative Commons principle.

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Co-publish with other researchers

Articles with multiple authors generally have more citations. Collaborating with other researchers may increase production. In addition, co-publishing may allow you to benefit from the status markers of another researcher or institution.

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Doctoral theses

Doctoral theses do not count as books or book series in bibliometric analyses, but the articles included in a compilation thesis do. Monograph theses do not count as peer-reviewed academic texts the same way as journal articles or peer-reviewed book series.

Theses are typically not included in the results of systematic searches in subject databases. It is thus unusual for a thesis to have a major international impact, even when written in English.

If you want to publish your thesis as a regular book with a publisher, you will have to be prepared to rewrite it, and possibly send the material for further review, in order to make the text more appealing to a wider audience. However, the thesis must still be registered and made freely available in its original format in DiVA.

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