Articles and research related to academic publishing

Online courses using Gather

Cofactor is now offering online courses using Gather. The first sessions have now taken place, and they went really well, with small group work and individual conversations happening much more easily.

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Acceptance to publication time

In this slightly updated 2012 post, I look at what happens after a paper is accepted, list some factors that affect publication speed and show you how to estimate how fast a journal will publish an accepted paper. You can search the Cofactor Journal Selector Tool for faster journals.

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Journal metrics

This post from 2012 is in the process of being updated. In it I summarise six measures of journal impact (including the well known impact factor) and compare metrics for some high-impact journals in biology and medicine.

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Journal submission fees: why are they so rare?

This post from 2012 is in the process of being updated. In it I look at fees that are charged to the authors of all submissions, including those that are rejected. I list some journals that charged submission fees at that time and consider how reasonable this kind of fee is.

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Cofactor training

Cofactor provides publishing training for researchers, supporting them to write and publish research papers effectively.

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About Cofactor

Cofactor’s founder, Anna Sharman, has been a biologist, journal editor and publishing consultant.

She saw that what publishers wanted was different from what researchers submitted, and wanted to help researchers navigate the publication process.