You may have been recommended some journal titles to publish in or you may have received offers to publish your article from a journal.
How will you sift out the legitimate or dubious journals?
Think. Check. Submit. is a campaign to help researchers identify trusted journals for their research. The website has been organised and produced by a group of organisations and publishers involved in scholarly publishing - it publishes a simple checklist researchers can use to assess the credentials of a journal or publisher.
If you wish to make your dataset open or available for re-use, check out Research Online as we can provide your dataset with a DOI (refer to your dataset in your paper's reference list) and arrange for it to appear on Research Data Australia.
Once you have selected a journal, you can submit your article for publication. If your article is accepted for publication, you will then be asked to sign a publishing agreement. Things to look out for in the agreement:
PATENT ALERT: Once your work is published, it is in the public domain. For commercially relevant work this may mean that it is no longer patentable. You should check if any valuable intellectual property in your work could be compromised by being published. For further assistance:
FUNDER ALERT: If your publication is an outcome of a project funded by the ARC or NHMRC, it may be need to comply with the funder's Open Access Policies. For each policy, a publication must be made openly accessible within 12 months of it's publication date. If a publication cannot be made openly accessible, a reason must be provided to the funding agency.
Where is the journal indexed? The presence of a journal title in the subject's key databases provides some indication as to the quality of the journal:
Does the journal homepage indicate which database indexes it's contents?
Personally checking out the publication itself and using a database like ulrich'sweb will provide you with information on the target audience of a journal.