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Strategic Publishing in STEM

To guide STEM researchers through the process of choosing a journal in which to publish.

Open Access - what to consider

Publishing your research article in an appropriate open access journal may lead to increased exposure, visibility and readership, which in turn may lead to more citations in traditional tools such as Web of Science and/or Scopus.

Depositing your research article into an appropriate open access repository may provide metrics such as Download Counts.  Tools like Google Scholar measure impact of a wider range of papers. 

Intellectual property and copyright issues to be considered:

  • Will open access publishing now have future implications for your research group/lab/department/supervisor?
  • Are you or your research group/lab/department/ supervisor applying for/going to apply for a patent of your findings?
  • Does your work include confidential material or copyright belonging to others?

Open Access policies from Australian funding agencies

The NHMRC and ARC have policies that require some publications arising from funded research project be made available in Open Access repositories. Information on how the University is responding to these mandates.  
Researchers need to be aware of these compliance requirements
University of Melbourne Research Information and Thesis Submission: via Minerva Elements and Minerva Access