The Library provides access to all sorts of information resources to support your learning and research. You can search all of the library's collections through the Library Catalogue, or get more information on each type of information resource and how it might be useful to your studies below.
- Using the Library
Find your way
Learn more about the Library as a physical place, find top tips and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ), find out about the study spaces and services available in the Main, Medical and Nursing & Midwifery Libraries, and if you are not a student or staff member of NUI Galway, you can find out here how to access the Library.
We're here to help
Library staff provide support, help, and training to enable you to get to grips with the literature of your subject and the Library's resources. We have staff with expertise on information resources in your subject area.
- Digital Scholarship
The Library welcomes opportunities to advance our Digital Scholarship. Our areas of contribution include content, technology, infrastructure, partnership and the practice-based expertise in our team.
Selecting where to publish
Selecting where to Publish
When you are ready to publish your research, you will want to identify and target the most appropriate and high quality journals in your field. Your supervisor and research colleagues are obvious sources of information on the most appropriate journals to target. However, your literature review will also have revealed the journals that are publishing related research.
The quality of a journal is dependent upon a number of variants and is often defined by the field you are working in.
- Peer-Review is the most important measure of journal quality. Use Ulrichsweb, a directory of more than 300,000 periodicals, to identify peer-reviewed journals. See also Peer review: a guide for researchers published by the Research Information Network in the UK.
- The impact factor is a quantitative method of evaluating journals in many fields and you can discover these metrics using the Journal Citation Reports.
- Journal Analyzer on Scopus is another tool that allows you to compare journals using its own journal ranking metrics.
- Researchers need to be aware of the dangers of predatory publishing highlighted in a recent article in the New York Times (Gina Kolata, ‘Scientific articles accepted (personal checks, too)’, April 7, 2013). The article refers to lists of potential, possible, or probable predatory OA publishers and journals compiled by academic librarian Jeffrey Beall, of University of Colorado Denver, known as Beall’s list
For help in assessing newly available Open Access journals you may consult:
- The Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ
- The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association OASPA works to “promote a uniform definition of OA publishing, best practices for maintaining and disseminating OA scholarly communications, and ethical standards.”