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HARC: Helpful Academic Researchers Companion

HARC has been designed to answer the questions researchers ask at every step of the research life cycle

Deciding where to Publish?

There are many factors to consider when deciding where to publish.

  • Journal metrics - Authors may wish to take into consideration the prestige or importance of journals in their subject area. Check out the ECU Strategic Plan 2017-2021: World ready for metrics being used to measure research impact, ASPIRE and ASPEO.
  • Consider your Open Access - either the pay up-front for open access or the free "green open access" version where the publisher allows authors to make a version of the published paper available for all to read in ECU's institutional repository Research Online. Then use social media, and ECU media channels to publicise your research.
  • Target audience - Selection of a publication may be related to the audience the author is targeting. For example if you wish to reach a wide spectrum of the public it may be appropriate to publish in a newspaper or magazine, a professional magazine.

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