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Strategic Publishing

This guide provides information on applying strategic measures when considering publishing, promoting and tracking your research.

Some points to consider

So, you are undertaking your research and you are starting to consider where you will publish.

Some points to consider, to assist with this activity are:

  • Set publishing objectives. Are you wanting to build a publishing record, contribute to new knowledge, disseminate research findings or increase your research profile or impact?
  • Do you need to consider access, turn around times for publication and readership including target audience?
  • Speak with your colleagues / supervisors about where to publish.
  • Which publication titles are coming up when undertaking a literature search.
  • Who are the key researchers in your area and where are they publishing. Use some of the tools within citation databases such as Scopus to identify these.

Getting published

Getting published: a researcher’s guide (12:22 min) by Graduate Research School Western Sydney University (YouTube)

Research Collaboration

Being a joint author on a publication, networking at a conference, following and connecting with a researcher via social media or participating on a research project are all examples of research collaboration.  

Demonstrating research collaboration can be beneficial for:

  • applying for an academic position or promotion
  • submitting a research grant application
  • increasing your research engagement and impact
  • increasing your research profile

Studies have shown a correlation between research collaboration and research engagement or impact. See for example: Hsu, J., & Huang, D. (2011). Correlation between impact and collaboration. Scientometrics, 86(2), 317-324. 

Research collaboration can be at an institutional, national, industry (corporate) or international level.


Resources

Scopus and Web of Science can be used to identify research trends or leading researchers in a subject area and allows researchers to be searched by their institutional affiliation or their geographical location.

SciVal (using Scopus data) can be used for benchmarking and identifying research trends and leading researchers in a topic cluster or a research area at an institutional or international (world) level.

By determining the leading researchers in a field, can assist with identifying potential publication sources or researchers to follow on social media or to network with at a conference.

Resource Tools to use Support
Scopus

Analyze search results

Analyze author outputs

Scopus video tutorial: Use the analyze search results tool to uncover trends & find collaborators

Web of Science

Search on a topic and use the Analyze Results

Clarivate guide: Authors / Researchers: Find Collaborators
SciVal

Researcher overview

Getting started with SciVal on the Library's Research Metrics guide