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Publication process

The Publication Process

Notes from Biomed library presentation March 2010

Wayne A. Loftus, MLS, AHIP


Wayne A. Loftus, MLS, AHIP
Science Librarian, Health Sciences Libraries
University of Minnesota
loft0002@umn.edu

JOURNAL SELECTION
Choose early in process and write manuscript to their standards, rather than revise to meet them. Choose based upon
1 - readership
2 - impact/prestige
3 - Copyright policies (largely irrelevant to our field). Smaller publishers and those in non-NIH fields may not grant author open access permission - read the agreement! Often there is a second version for author's unsatisfied with the first.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
Go to journal home page. Often found through the "About..." link.

REVIEW PART 1: ACADEMIC
Editor: Unpaid, top of field, does it for ego or commitment to the field.
Reads submissions and rejects (out of scope or failed to meet submission guidelines) or sends to reviewers.
Reviewers: General goal is to make the paper better. If they misunderstand a point, clarify.

Revise and resubmit is an encouraging rejection. This means you will need another peer review, so you may as well send to another journal.

REVIEW PART 2: BUSINESS
Managing editor handles business side - copyrights, etc.
Copy editor makes corrections/clarifications - do what they suggest

PROOFS
Author is in charge of quality control/proofreading, so go through it carefully.

OPEN ACCESS
http://www.lib.umn.edu/scholcom/
http://publicaccess.nih.gov/
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/
NIH funded must submit author's manuscript (can be final Word document, as opposed to journal's PDF's) within 12 months of acceptance. Most publishers will help.