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Conducting and publishing research can be an exciting but daunting process.  This guide is here to help you find ways to disseminate your research.  While scholarly journals are one of the traditional routes for publishing, they are not the only option.  You can also share your research at conferences, through op-eds, or even on social media.  The resources listed on this page showcase various outlets for research publication, as well as important notes to keep in mind when deciding where to publish.

Congratulations! You've conducted a study, you've written a manuscript - now what? It's time to choose a journal to submit your work to.  Before choosing a journal, be sure it evaluate its credibility and be aware of predatory journals.

Journal Directories & Databases

Predatory Journals

“Predatory journals and publishers are entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate practices." (Grudniewicz et al., 2019)

These journals often do not use a fully-formed peer review process which can result in the spread of misinformation.  Evaluate journals for credibility by reading about their peer review processes and finding out if the journal is widely available in credible databases. 

Think. Check. Submit! is an organization that helps researchers evaluate journals for credibility and trustworthiness.  Use their checklist when evaluating potential journals.

Open Access Publishing

Open Access journals provide freely available online articles.  This helps mitigate obstacles to users who could otherwise not afford or access the information.  Some journals that are not fully open access give you the option to publish your article as open access.

For more information, see Cornell University Library's Guide to Open Access Publishing.

Conferences are a great avenue to share your research and connect with colleagues in the field.  Use these links to find conferences relevant to your research and interests.

Publishing op-ed articles allows you to share your research with a far-reaching public audience.  Some publications require a query letter while others invite unsolicited submissions.  Check the publication's website to find instructions for submitting.  These are often located on the "About" page or a "Write For Us" page.

The links below include resources to aid your writing process.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

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