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Publishing your research: choosing where to publish

Information and issues associated with publishing in a range of different formats

This guide ...

As an academic or student researcher at RMIT University, have you decided how you want to publish your research - as a conference paper, a journal article, a book chapter, a book?

If choosing a journal or a conference, do you know:

  • the quality of the publication?
  • if a journal - does it have an Impact Factor?
  • if a journal - what is its relative ranking within its subject field?

This Guide will help you answer these questions.

Publication requirements and support at RMIT

RMIT Research requirements

 RMIT advice and assistance in publishing is available from:

The School of Graduate Research provides support to postgraduate research students.

The Copyright Management Service offers advice on the inclusion of copyright works in research publications. They have produced a Copyright guide which contains advice for HDR students.

The Library provides links to its resources for Researchers.

Things to consider

Your decision on where you will publish is an academic one.

Discuss it with

  • your supervisor
  • your colleagues
  • your research group

The University encourages high quality, high impact research outputs.


  • Check whether your chosen publication has any effect on your ability to publish the same or similar content in your thesis
  • Check the acceptance rates for your chosen publication
  • How long does the process take from submission to publication?
  • Does your chosen publication require any payments e.g. for tables or illustrations? Or if you choose an Open Access publisher, what are their charges?