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.
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Books and articles on academic publishing
Books on academic publishing available in the library.
Queens University of Technology Library Advanced Information Research Skills tutorial Airs 10: Publish provides an excellent overview of “formal scholarly publishing, outlines the opportunities and obligations of open access publishing, and offers a brief guide to the process of academic journal publishing.”
Mulholland, J. (2014). What I've Learned about Publishing a Book . Journal Of Scholarly Publishing, 211-236. doi:10.3138/jsp.45.3.001
Other resources on academic publishing
Elsevier Author Seminar at NUI Galway May 2013 presentation and useful links :
Taylor and Francis Resources for Authors webpage includes a video on How to get published which is aimed at "postgraduate students and academics new to the complex world of getting published in international peer-reviewed journals"
"Resources on publishing , including information about repositories, open access, digital content and digitisation, copyright and intellectual property, transitions in scholarly communications and a list of useful organisations" from the Research Information Network in the UK.
Presentations, podcasts and tutorials
The Epigeum Writing, Presenting and Getting Published tutorials, aimed at postgraduate students, are available on GST1 on Blackboard.
"Force11 is a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders that has arisen organically to help facilitate the change toward improved knowledge creation and sharing. Individually and collectively, we aim to bring about a change in modern scholarly communications through the effective use of information technology. "
Podcasts & Videos on Scholarly Publishing from MIT Libraries
Impact factor – alternative views
The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) was established in 2012 to highlight
“a pressing need to improve the ways in which the output of scientific research is evaluated by funding agencies, academic institutions, and other parties. To address this issue, a group of editors and publishers of scholarly journals met during the Annual Meeting of The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) in San Francisco, CA, on December 16, 2012. The group developed a set of recommendations, referred to as the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment”
The declaration has since been signed by individual researchers and institutions across a range of disciplines worldwide.
“The Journal Impact Factor, as calculated by Thomson Reuters, was originally created as a tool to help librarians identify journals to purchase, not as a measure of the scientific quality of research in an article. With that in mind, it is critical to understand that the Journal Impact Factor has a number of well-documented deficiencies as a tool for research assessment. These limitations include:
A. citation distributions within journals are highly skewed;
B. the properties of the Journal Impact Factor are field-specific: it is a composite of multiple, highly diverse article types, including primary research papers and reviews;
C. Journal Impact Factors can be manipulated (or "gamed") by editorial policy; and
D. data used to calculate the Journal Impact Factors are neither transparent nor openly available to the public.
See also this pdf of the declaration which includes a bibliography on research assessment and the impact factor.