Scholarly publishing

Dan Scott <>

Associate Librarian

2018-01-23 Creative Commons License

Why publish?

Advancing knowledge

From a Western perspective, a noble tradition dating back to Greek philosophy

Profit (for academics)

⇑ supply, ~ demand ∴ low $$$ (for publications)

Your career may benefit, however…

Plenty of $$$ for publishers

Prestige and employability

Tenure and promotion evaluation criteria differ from university to university, faculty to faculty, and department to department

Chasing citations

  • Bibliometrics
  • Impact factor
  • h-index
  • Gamification, and being gamed

Venue: Books (science)

Venue: Conferences

  • "Presented a paper at a conference"
  • Can include full peer review
  • Results collected in proceedings
  • Excellent networking opportunities
  • Also subject to predatory behaviour

Venue: Journals

Venue: Preprint Archives

"immediate dissemination and open access to scholarly articles" (

  • May include commenting, open reviews, etc.
  • Often a precursor to traditional journal, with benefit of early, broad feedback
  • Preprints can be (and are) cited

Biology: bioRxiv

Open Science

Open science: University of Toronto researchers to publish lab notes in real time

Establishing yourself


Researcher profiles

Researcher networks

Be careful: these entice you to upload your papers, at your legal responsibility.

Publish for good!

  • Enhance human knowledge
  • Advance your career
  • Publish early, publish often
  • Lean on your librarian

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