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This section provides information on publishing, selecting the best sources for your published works and maximising their impact.

The UL strategic plan sets ambitious targets for publication and dissemination of research in high-quality, internationally prominent journals and books. Publications are of vital importance as measures of research quality and for academic career progression, and developing an individual strategy for maximising publications is highly recommended. There are a number of questions that your publications strategy should answer:

  • What medium should I publish in? Different media will have different lifetimes of citations, your area of research may also determine the most suitable form of publications be it journals, books, conference publications, recitals etc.
  • What journal should I choose? Peer-reviewed journals are very important for academic impact - journals with a higher impact factor are more frequently cited.
  • What book publisher should I choose? UL has compiled a list of recommended high-impact publishers for books and book chapters.
  • With whom should I collaborate? Collaborating with the top researchers in your field will greatly enhance the visibility of your publications.
  • Should I include data? Data sharing is important and can help to increase citations.

Talk to your colleagues to find out the best publications in your area and learn from their publishing strategies. There are also many online resources to guide you through the process.

Choosing a journal

The scope of the journal is probably the most important consideration when you are trying to decide on which journal to target for your journal article. It is very important to choose a journal that is interested in the type of research that the you wish to publish. Other considerations may include:

  • Readership and usage
  • Prestige in your field
  • Peer review process
  • Print, online or both

Impact factor metrics are a useful guide to help authors to select high impact journals in their field (see for more information).

Maximising your article’s impact

Use these tips to maximise the potential of your article to be seen, read, and cited.

  • Post updates and a link to your article on academic and professional networking sites.
  • Use social media to post a link to your article and highlight key points
  • Add a brief summary and link to your article on your department website. Then add it to your students’ reading lists.
  • Think your research is newsworthy? Speak to Marketing & Communications, provide them with a link to your article, and include them in social media posts. Include the Research Office @UL_Research in relevant tweets also
  • If you are a blogger or have a personal webpage, write about your article and link to it. Then write about your post on social media, linking to it and the article.

Common pitfalls when publishing

  • Article doesn't fit the scope of the journal
  • Not a true journal article or is not the required length
  • Poor style, grammar and presentation
  • Does not contribute to the subject or is not properly contextualised
Open Access 

Open access (OA) is an international movement to make research publications freely available in order to stimulate further research. Any person who can connect to the Internet can access OA material freely. The University of Limerick Institutional Repository (ULIR) is an open access database of published and unpublished work by UL faculty and researchers, they are picked up and indexed by Google Scholar and other search engines for greater dissemination and availability of your work. The content is made fully and freely available in accordance with copyright holder permissions. All publications should be recorded in your ULRIS profile and from within ULRIS you can transfer the full text of the publication to the UL Institutional Repository (ULIR). 

Using publication metrics/bibliometrics

Bibliometrics refers to the quantitative measures used to assess research output, in other words, publication and citation data analysis. Citation analysis is based on the premise that if an academic shows good citation metrics, it is very likely that he or she has made a significant impact on the field. The main tools for performing a citation analysis are Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar/Publish or Perish. You can find details on these tools and links to online tutorials on the Library website.

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