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Choosing a journal II: getting your paper noticed

18th Jan 2012

This is the second in a series of posts on factors to consider when choosing which journal to submit your paper to. Here, I will look at how your choice of journal can affect the extent to which your work is noticed. Part one of the series, on getting your paper published quickly, is here. How well known is the journal? It goes without saying that papers in very well known journals like Nature, Science, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA and Cell will be seen by more people than those in other journals. The... Read more

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Choosing a journal I: getting your paper published quickly

11th Jan 2012

So, you've got a great result from your experiments or data analysis and are starting to write it up as a paper. Now is the time to think about which journal to submit your paper to. How do you decide? In this series of posts I will discuss various factors worth considering. In this first post, I will look at differences between journals that can have a big effect on how long it is before your paper is finally published. Speed of peer review and publication Many journals publish, on their website,... Read more

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Introductory post

11th Jan 2012

Hi! Welcome to my new blog. I hope you will find it interesting and useful. This blog will focus mainly on scientific journals: how they work, differences between them, ways in which they are changing, and what researchers can do to make the best of them. I will look at journal policies, their peer review systems, their editing and production processes, their speed, and the economics and politics of journal publishing. And no doubt other related topics too. The people who will find the blog of... Read more

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