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UNDERSTANDING THE PUBLISHING PROCESS
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UNDERSTANDING THE PUBLISHING PROCESS
How to publish in
As researchers, you make huge strides in advancing essential knowledge.
Your achievements can save lives and improve the way we live. If you’re
ready to share your knowledge with the world, this booklet outlines the
best opportunities for publishing your research – and for seeing it shared
The first question to ask yourself is, ‘do I have a story to tell?’. Editors
and reviewers look for original and innovative research that adds to their
field of study, or immediately impacts patient care. This means that your
conclusions must be sound and based on sufficiently robust data.
Secondly, ask yourself, ‘is there an audience for my research findings?’.
The more original and innovative your research, the more people will
be interested. Consider whether your research is of interest to a local,
regional or international audience. Identifying your audience is a major
factor in selecting the right journal to submit your manuscript to. You can
read more about selecting a journal in section 2.2.
There are several types of research articles:
1. Letters and rapid or short communications are intended for the quick
and early communication of significant or original advances, without
including too much data or detail.
2. Review papers summarize recent developments on a specific topic,
without introducing new data.
3. Full articles contain significant data, detail, developments and
4. Research elements enable you to publish research output, such as
data, software, methods, videos and much more, in brief, citable
If you’re unsure which type of article to write, discuss your options with
your supervisor or colleagues. For the purposes of this booklet, we offer
guidance for writing and publishing a full article. Once you’ve decided
to write a full article, follow the guidelines of your chosen journal, and
the general guidelines for scientific writing outlined in the following
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Find the right journal
Finding the right journal for your article can be key to reaching your
• Take into consideration the type of article you’d like to publish (full
length, letter, review, research output).
• Check the references in your article, to give an indication of possible
journals of interest.
• Read the journal’s aims and scope on the journal homepage on
• Read or download the journal’s Guide for Authors.
• Check if the journal is invitation-only; some journals only accept
articles after inviting the author to submit.
• Check the journal’s performance for review and publication
timelines (see 2.3).
• If you need to publish open access, remember that most
Elsevier journals explain their open access options on the journal
homepage (see 2.4).
• Submit your paper to only one journal at a time (see 3.6, on ethics).
2.2 JOURNAL FINDER
The Journal Finder tool locates Elsevier journals that most closely
match your abstracts. An Elsevier journal will be recommended if it has
published articles that are highly similar to your article. A list of relevant
articles is generated, and the tool can filter on your preferred criteria,
such as open access options, journal metrics, review time, acceptance rate
and production time. See journalfinder.elsevier.com.
2.3 JOURNAL METRICS
Journal metrics are at your disposal to help you select the most
appropriate journal for your article. When used alongside information
about the journal’s scope, editorial board, international outlook and
audience, they can help you to find the best destination for your
Different types of journal metrics
It’s good practice to look at more than one metric to help you make your
decision. You’ll find a dedicated Journal Insights section on many of
the journal homepages on elsevier.com, giving information about the
• Speed – review speed and online publication time
• Reach – geographic location of corresponding authors and journal
• Impact – impact metrics based on citations received by articles
Citation-based impact metrics
The average impact of all the articles in a journal is often used as a proxy
for the impact of a specific article – especially when the article hasn’t yet
had time to accumulate its own citations. It’s important to take this kind
of proxy metric into consideration.
UNDERSTANDING THE PUBLISHING PROCESS HOW TO PUBLISH IN SCHOLARLY JOURNALS 5The Journal Insights section on the Elsevier.com journal homepage has
several impact metrics to be aware of:
CiteScore SNIP SJR Impact Factor
Full name CiteScore Source-Normalized Impact SCImago Journal Rank –
Measures Average number of citations Citations relative to average Average prestige per Average citations
received in a calendar year by all for discipline; SNIP 1 publication, depending per publication
items published in that journal means journal is cited on the SJR of the citing
in the preceding three years. more than average for field journal
Accounts for varying Y Y Y Y
Accounts for varying N Y Y N
Availability CiteScore, SNIP and SJR are available on Scopus and can be accessed freely Thomson Reuters
Free of charge at journalmetrics.scopus.com Free of charge via
Free of charge via individual journal homepages: Journal Insights homepages: Journal
NEW: CiteScore is a simple way of measuring the
citation impact of serial titles such as journals. Serial
OPEN ACCESS OPTIONS
titles are defined as titles which publish on a regular
basis (i.e. one or more volumes per year).
In general, open access indicates free and permanent access to published
CiteScore calculates the average number of citations research, combined with clear guidelines for readers to share and use the
received in a calendar year by all items published in
content. There are two main types of open access: gold and green.
that journal in the preceding three years.
What is the difference between gold and green?
GOLD OPEN ACCESS GREEN OPEN ACCESS
Access • Free public access to the final • Free public access to a version of your
published article article
• Access is immediate and permanent • Time delay may apply (embargo period)
Fee • Open access fee is paid by the • No fee is payable by the author,
author, or on their behalf (for as costs are covered by library
example by a funding body) subscriptions
Use • Determined by your user license • Authors retain the right to use their
articles for a wide range of purposes.
All open versions of your article
should have a user license attached
Options 1. Publish in an open access journal 1. Link to your article
2. Publish in a journal that supports 2. For selected journals Elsevier makes
open access (also known as a hybrid the articles freely available after an
journal) embargo period in the open archives
3. Self-archive your manuscript
Some funding bodies or institutions have a policy on public access
to research. It’s important to know the open access policy of your
institution or funding body before you decide whether or not to publish
open access. Elsevier offers a wide range of publication options for
your research to comply with funding policy or institutional mandates.
Elsevier publishes more than 400+ gold open access journals and
offers options to publish open access in more than 1,600 subscription
EBiomedicine is a new open access journal that bridges
basic science & patient care in collaboration with
journals. For more information on your open access options, see
Cell and The Lancet. It’s one of the many open access
journals Elsevier publishes. elsevier.com/openaccessoptions.
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Prepare your paper
3.1 YOUR MANUSCRIPT
The title is the main advertisement for your article. A great title entices
the audience to read on; a poorly-titled article may never reach its target
Your article’s title should reflect its content clearly, enabling readers to
decide whether it’s relevant for them. Make the title catchy and keep
it specific. Leave out phrases such as ‘a study of’, ‘investigations into’,
‘observations on’; and avoid using abbreviations and jargon.
Remember, too, that abstracting and indexing services depend on
accurate titles; they extract keywords from them for cross-referencing.
Why ‘The effect of heating the albumen and vitellus of the Gallus gallus domesticus
contained in calcium carbonate in H2O to 373.15 K’ when ‘Boiling a chicken egg in
water’ says it?
Essentially, effective titles:
• Identify the article’s main issue.
• Begin with the article’s subject matter.
• Are accurate, unambiguous, specific and (when possible) complete.
• Are as short as possible.
• Are enticing and interesting; they make people want to read further.
Only authors who’ve made an intellectual contribution to the research
should be credited; those who’ll take responsibility for the data and
conclusions, and who’ve approved the final manuscript. The order of
credited names can vary between disciplines; the corresponding author
may not always be the first author.
Most journals request a list of keywords; important words that, along
with those in the title, capture the research effectively. Keywords are
used by abstracting and indexing services; choosing the right ones can
increase the chances of your article being found by other researchers.
Many Elsevier journals also ask for a subject classification during the
online submission process; this helps editors to select reviewers.
The abstract is your chance to describe your research in 200 words –
so use it wisely. Together, the title and abstract should be able to fully
represent your article, including for use by indexing services. Many
authors write the abstract last, so it reflects the content accurately.
The abstract should summarize the problem or objective of your research,
and its method, results, and conclusions. Usually an abstract doesn’t
include references, figures or tables. It should mention each significant
UNDERSTANDING THE PUBLISHING PROCESS HOW TO PUBLISH IN SCHOLARLY JOURNALS 7section of the article, with enough detail for readers to decide whether
or not to read the whole paper. While it’s great to make the abstract
interesting, above all it should be accurate. Don’t promise more than your
The body of the text
Make the introduction brief. It should provide context and background,
but not be a history lesson. It should state the problem being
investigated, its contextual background, and the reasons for conducting
the research. State the questions you’re answering and explain any
findings of others that you’re challenging or furthering. Briefly and
logically lead the reader to your hypotheses, research questions, and
experimental design or method.
(also called Materials and Methods or Experimental Methods)
This section should be detailed enough that readers can replicate your
research, and assess whether the methods justify the conclusions. It’s
advisable to use the past tense – it’s about what you did – and avoid
using the first person, although this will vary from journal to journal.
Ultimately, you should explain how you studied the problem, identify the
procedures you followed, and structure this information as logically as
If your methods are new, you’ll need to explain them in detail. If
they’ve been published before, cite the original work, including your
amendments if you’ve made modifications. Identify the equipment
and the materials you used, specifying their source. State the
frequency of observations and what types of data were recorded. Give
precise measurements, stating their strengths and weaknesses when
necessary. Name any statistical tests, so your quantitative results can be
If your research involved human participants, animals, stem cells or
other biohazard materials, you’ll need to include certain information in
the ethics statement, such as committee approvals and permission to
publish. You should also explain your criteria for selecting participants.
This section should present your findings objectively, explaining
them largely in text. It’s where you show how your results contribute
to the body of scientific knowledge, so be clear and logical. And it’s
important not to interpret your results – that comes in the Discussion &
You can base the sequence of this text on the tables, figures and graphs
that best present your findings. Emphasize any significant findings
clearly. Tables and figures must be numbered separately; figures should
have a brief but complete description – a legend – that reveals how the
data was produced.
Discussion & Conclusions
This is where you describe the meaning of your results, especially in the
context of what was already known about the subject. You can present
UNDERSTANDING THE PUBLISHING PROCESS HOW TO PUBLISH IN SCHOLARLY JOURNALS 8general and specific conclusions, but take care not to summarize your
article – that’s what the abstract is for.
You should link this section back to the introduction, referring to
your questions or hypotheses, and cover how the results relate to your
expectations and cited sources. Do the results support or contradict
existing theories? Are there any limitations? You can also suggest further
experiments, uses and extensions.
Above all, the discussion should explain how your research has moved
the body of scientific knowledge forward. Your conclusions must
be supportable and not extend beyond your results, so avoid undue
speculation and bold judgments about impact. This is also a good place
to suggest practical applications for your results, and to outline what the
next steps in your research will be.
To summarize, make sure that:
• Your results directly support your conclusions.
• You use specific expressions and quantitative descriptions – ‘12
degrees higher’ instead of ‘a higher temperature’.
• You only discuss what you defined early in the paper – don’t introduce
the reader to a whole new vocabulary. If you missed an important
term, go back to the introduction and insert it.
• All interpretations and speculations are based on fact, not imagination.
Keep acknowledgements brief, naming those who helped with your
research; contributors, or suppliers who provided free materials. You
should also disclose any financial or other substantive conflict of interest
that could be seen to influence your results or interpretations.
New research builds on previously published work, which should always
be acknowledged. Any information that isn’t ‘common knowledge’, or
generated by your experiments, must be recognized with a citation; and
quoted text should be within quotation marks, and include a reference.
The format of citations and references varies, so you should refer to the
Guide for Authors for the journal you’re submitting to.
3.2 LANGUAGE QUALITY
A scientific article should report your findings and conclusions as clearly
and concisely as possible. To achieve this:
• Try to avoid unnecessary words or phrases – keep it simple.
• Use active writing when possible. For example, ‘Carbon dioxide was
consumed by the plant’ is passive. Active writing shortens this phrase
to, ‘The plant consumed carbon dioxide’ – which is much snappier.
• Tense is important. For known facts and hypotheses, use the present
tense: ‘The average life expectancy of a honey bee is six weeks.’ But use
the past tense when referring to experiments you’ve conducted: ‘All
the honey bees were maintained in an environment with a consistent
temperature of 23°C.’ And also use the past tense to describe results:
‘The average life span of bees in our contained environment was eight
UNDERSTANDING THE PUBLISHING PROCESS HOW TO PUBLISH IN SCHOLARLY JOURNALS 9Elsevier has editing services to help ensure that your work is written in
“We have submitted around 600
papers for language editing. More
correct scientific English before submission, and that your paper is free of
than 99% of our researchers are
grammatical, spelling, and other common errors. Translation services are
satisfied with the work of Elsevier.
also available from or into Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish,
Based on previous successful
Russian, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and many more languages.
experiences with Elsevier, we
For more information see webshop.elsevier.com/languageservices.
encourage our researchers to use
the language editing service
before they submit their papers to
Submitting any illustrations, figures or other artwork – like multimedia
and supplementary files – in an electronic format means that we can
PROF. CHEN JING,
Beijing Normal University, China
produce your work to the best possible standard, ensuring accuracy,
clarity and a high level of detail. For specific details on how to format and
submit artwork, check elsevier.com/artwork.
Our professional illustration services can create or polish images to match
your exact needs. We support detailed full-color and photorealistic images
from sketches, or convert existing images into more simplified line
drawings. The delivery of detailed graphs and tables takes only 48 hours.
For more information see webshop.elsevier.com/illustrationservices.
ENRICH YOUR ARTICLE
You can enrich your article with interactive visualizations and provide
context by adding references to (external) information sources, such as
Virtual Microscope, Interactive Map Viewer and 3D Molecular Models.
After publication, you can additionally prepare article enrichments
which promote your research in alternative formats, such as a slide
presentation, knowledge quiz or promotional video like AudioSlides.
Find out which options are available for journals in your research field,
“The reader also gets
a quick grasp about
the paper that cannot
be explained in a short
AudioSlides are short, webcast-style presentations, which allow you
to present your research in your own words. Elsevier offers you the
option of creating your own unique AudioSlides presentation which
Assistant Professor of Psychology at Koç
University, Istanbul on creating her AudioSlides
complements your research and provides readers with a short, succinct
overview of the article content. This appears alongside your article
once it is published on Elsevier’s ScienceDirect platform, home to
one-quarter of the world’s STM journal and book content. AudioSlides
are free to access and easy to share, independently from the article,
with colleagues, (influential) bloggers and on social media including
YouTube. Make the most of your AudioSlides with our useful Tips and
A Graphical Abstract is a visual summary of the main findings of the
article that is placed as part of your article an ScienceDirect and will turn
up in online search result lists. It will help people to understand the key
point of your article at a glance. You can make use of our professional
illustration services at the Elsevier webshop: webshop.elsevier.com.
You can use your Graphical Abstract as a promotional tool by for example
Tweeted graphical abstracts tweeting it, sharing it on social media or sending it to an (influential)
blogger. Always add a link to your article.
UNDERSTANDING THE PUBLISHING PROCESS HOW TO PUBLISH IN SCHOLARLY JOURNALS 103.5
“With Data in Brief,
many developments in
Research data forms the backbone of your research article and provides the
research can become
foundation on which scientific, technical and medical knowledge is built.
more useful when data
sources are shared.
As a researcher, you are increasingly encouraged, or even mandated, to
We are excited and grateful for the
make your research data available, accessible, discoverable and usable.
opportunity to have our data
accessible at no cost to the
These ensure you receive credit for your work, while giving your readers
deeper insights and supporting their work.
Department of Physics, University of Arkansas
As an author, you can choose to store your data in a repository, like
Mendeley Data: data.mendeley.com, to make your dataset independently
citable and link it with your article: elsevier.com/books-and-journals/
These ensure you receive credit for your work, while making your research
data accessible, giving your readers deeper insights and supporting their work.
Understanding the boundaries in scientific research and publishing is a key
step in making sure your work gets off to the best start. Scientific misconduct
and breach of publishing ethics can take different forms, and be committed
knowingly or unknowingly. Examples of misconduct and breaches include:
• Authorship disputes – deliberately misrepresenting a scientist’s
relationship with published work.
• Conflict of interest – not disclosing to a journal that you have a
direct or indirect conflict which prevents you from being unbiased.
• Plagiarism – passing off another’s work or idea as your own.
• Simultaneous submission – submitting a paper to more than one
publication at the same time.
• Research fraud – including fabrication (making up research data) and
falsification (manipulating research data, tables or images).
• Salami slicing – the ‘slicing-up’ of research that would form one
meaningful paper into several different papers.
The Ethics in Research & Publication Program is a collaboration
between Elsevier and an independent panel of experts in research and
publishing ethics. The program’s online resources and tools have been
developed to help you feel confident that you’re doing the right things.
SEO YOUR ARTICLE
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) helps to ensure that your article
appears higher in the results returned by search engines such as Google.
This can mean you attract more readers, gain higher visibility in the
academic community, and potentially increase citations.
Tips for SEO include:
• Use keywords, especially in the title and abstract.
• Add captions with keywords to all photographs, images, graphs and tables.
• Add titles or subheadings (with keywords) to the different sections of
• Make sure you place links to your article from relevant websites e.g.
your institute’s website, Wikipedia, LinkedIn, blogs and social media.
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Submit and revise your paper
Once you’ve checked (and re-checked) your manuscript, you’re ready to
submit it to the journal editor via the submission and peer review system.
4.1 HOW TO SUBMIT A PAPER?
Elsevier’s Editorial System (EES) has transitioned to Evise®, a fully online
workflow for article publication. Submission is simple: direct links for
registration and log-in can be found in our journals’ Guide for Authors.
4.2 PEER REVIEW
After submission, each manuscript is checked for plagiarism, and
assessed carefully to determine if it fits the aims and scope of the journal.
If journal representatives are enthusiastic about the work, the journal
editor will appoint reviewers.
What does the peer reviewer do?
Reviewers help determine the validity, significance and originality of the
work, and can suggest improvements to the manuscript and the research.
On their recommendation, editors will accept, accept with revisions, or
reject a manuscript.
To make good judgments, peer reviewers use their own checklists to
evaluate the content for scientific value and originality, to see that articles
adhere to general scientific practice as well as the journal’s specific
guidelines, and to check that you’ve referenced correctly. The peer reviewer
will look closely at your methodology and the validity of your data, and
consider your ethical approach. They will then recommend changes before
your manuscript is published. See elsevier.com/reviewers/home for more
Different types of peer review
Type of review Description
Single blind (most common) Reviewer identity hidden from author; reviewer
knows identity of authors
Double blind Both reviewer and author remain anonymous
to each other
Open Reviewer and author are known to each other
ARTICLE TRANSFER SERVICE
Several Elsevier journals operate a complimentary Article Transfer Service.
The editor will offer this service if they feel your article fits better with
another Elsevier journal; with your approval, your submission will be
CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR PAPER
After submission you can follow the status of your article in the Elsevier
Editorial System (EES or Evise), using a reference number that you’ll
receive by email.
If your paper is accepted for publication, you can follow the publication
status through to completion using the ‘track your article’ feature. You’ll
receive a reference number and link via email, after final decision.
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After acceptance: article in press, 5
proofing, share link and offprints
Congratulations Your article has been accepted
There are a few more things to consider that can optimize the publication
of your work. Elsevier will do everything it can to have your article
published as quickly and accurately as possible.
5.1 ARTICLES IN PRESS
Accepted articles are published online on ScienceDirect as an ‘article in
press’, and assigned an issue at a later date. You can track your article and
citations throughout this process.
Accurate proofreading and clear marking of corrections are essential
for the production of a quality article. As soon as your article has been
typeset, you’ll receive an email with either a PDF attachment of your
article or a link to it on our online proofing system.
SHARE LINK AND OFFPRINTS
Most of our journals give authors a personalized link that provides
50 days’ free access to the final published version of their article on
ScienceDirect. This link can also be used for sharing via email and social
networks. For more information see elsevier.com/author-share-link.
Some journals provide offprints; an exact copy of the article published
either on paper or as a PDF.
You can order paper offprints before publication, using the provided
Offprint Order Form. If your journal doesn’t issue paper offprints as
standard, you’ll pay a small fee. Once you’ve submitted the order form,
you should allow 30-60 days for delivery of the offprints.
After publication, you can order paper offprints from the Elsevier Author
WebShop: webshop.elsevier.com. You can order from 50 to 250 offprints,
in increments of 50, published on high-quality glossy paper and with
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When you publish with Elsevier, you enter into a legal agreement. This
means that both we at Elsevier and you as an author agree to certain
rights and responsibilities, and promise to act in a legally-sound manner.
Protecting author rights
Copyright aims to protect the specific way the article has been written to
describe the research and its results. Elsevier is committed to the protection
and defense of its authors’ work and reputations. We take allegations of
infringement, plagiarism, ethical disputes and fraud very seriously.
In order for Elsevier to be able to publish and disseminate your article,
we need certain publishing permissions. These permissions are defined
by a publishing agreement between the author and the publisher. You’ll
be asked to complete a journal publishing agreement or license during
the time between your article’s acceptance and its final version. For more
information, see elsevier.com/copyright.
End user license
If you’ve chosen to publish your article gold open access, you also select
an end user license to determine how readers can share and use your
article without having to request permission. Elsevier offers a choice
of commercial or non-commercial user licenses, so you can select
the license which suits your type of research. (For Health & Medical
Science journals there are different regulations; see elsevier.com/
What is the license process?
Step 1: Authors sign a publishing
agreement where they will retain
copyright but grant publishing
rights to the publisher.
Step 2: Readers can use and
share the article as dened by
the user license.
under the user
Step 3: The author grants the
publisher the right to publish
Grants publishing Granted rights to
the article under the applicable
rights reuse the article
Step 4: The publisher makes the
article available online with the
author’s user license.
Before choosing an end user license, we recommend that you:
• Understand what each user license permits, and the rights it grants to
readers for using your article.
• Check if your funding body or institution has a policy requiring the
use of a specific license.
• Read your journal’s Guide for Authors to ensure it offers the license
you want to use.
• Visit the Creativecommons.org site for more information on what to
consider before selecting a user license. (It’s important to note that you
can’t revoke your chosen license.)
For more information, see elsevier.com/openaccesslicenses.
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Promote your work
More than one million scientific articles are published each year, and that
number is rising. So it’s increasingly important for you to find ways to
make your article stand out.
Promoting your research does not begin after your manuscript is finished
and has been published online. It should be on your mind even whilst
you are doing it and writing up your paper. Promoting your research also
continues after it has been published and tracking the performance of
your promotion activities will help drive results.
For more detailed guidelines see elsevier.com/promote-your-work.
“Once authors have
published in an
SHARE YOUR PAPER
Elsevier journal, they
Sharing your research and findings can help you make a greater
come back because
impact in your community, leading to better collaboration, new ideas
of the other things
and potential innovations. Millions of researchers have access to your
Elsevier does for them:
Mendeley Stats, the
publication on ScienceDirect, helping them to find, access, and cite your
support for how to get the word out,
research in its best available version.
how do you deal with media, how do
you look at the impact of what you’ve
Elsevier will send you a ‘Share Link’: a personal, customized short link
that you’ll receive after the final publication of your article. We encourage
DR. BARBARA YAWN,
you to share this link on social media; anyone clicking on it gets 50 days’
Director, Department of Research, Olmsted
Medical Center; Adjunct Professor, University of
free access to your newly published article on ScienceDirect.
Minnesota; Chief Editor, Respiratory Medicine
The more links there are to your article from a range of websites, the more
readers you’ll attract and the higher it will appear on search engine results.
Elsevier supports responsible sharing and we want to make it easy for you
to share your research.
For the latest information on sharing your article see
BE DISCOVERED ONLINE
It’s important people can find you and links to your publications
online. There are a few easy tools to help you increase your online
If you have a personal page at your institute, include links to the final
versions of your articles on that page. You should also ensure that your
CV is available online, with links to your publications. You can do this on
the popular networking site LinkedIn, or on a personal website or blog.
Finally, keep your SCOPUS and ORCID author profiles up-to-date
so others can find your journal. You can now update both at orcid.
scopusfeedback.com. Just follow the easy online steps.
Presenting and networking personalizes your work, giving it a face and
voice, and can create new opportunities for collaboration. Make sure you
connect with other delegates on Facebook and LinkedIn, and direct them
to your website or blog. If you create a poster for a conference, post it on
UNDERSTANDING THE PUBLISHING PROCESS HOW TO PUBLISH IN SCHOLARLY JOURNALS 15your website and provide links on your blog, social media profiles, online
CV, or institutional page.
Every day, scholarly articles receive thousands of new mentions across
social media, news and blogs; it’s a powerful medium for reaching your
potential readers However, you don’t have to be active on all social media
– it’s often best to find one or two channels which suit you and your
purposes. Some of the most widely-used media are Facebook, Twitter and
Build up a group of followers and share links to your publications.
You can enhance your posts with visuals and videos that attract more
attention. And don’t forget to share your AudioSlides and Graphical
7.5 SHARING ON A SCHOLARLY COLLABORATION NETWORK (SCN),
SUCH AS MENDELEY OR SCHOLAR UNIVERSE
Services such as SCNs enable authors to showcase their work, providing
fast and effective ways to collaborate and disseminate research. A number
of SCNs are working together with publishers to help to showcase your
work by sharing links to published journal articles on author profiles.
We encourage authors to share their research responsibly on SCNs. You
can share your preprint, article abstract or a link to your article.
Additional sharing options may be available, see
7.6 MEDIA RELATIONS
Elsevier promotes selected research papers to the global scientific media.
If you think your article is interesting for a wider audience, or you’d like
more information about any of the promotional channels mentioned
above, contact us at researchcommelsevier.com to explore the
Remember to also get in touch with the press office at your institute to
see what they can do to help you promote your paper.
Article by Vivian Kouri et al. published in open access
journal EBiomedicine featured on CBS News
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Monitor your impact
It’s worth bearing in mind that your peers and tutors monitor your
impact. Being aware of this helps you to submit your article to the most
appropriate place (section 2.3), and also to position yourself by proactively
supplying information about your own performance.
Just like when you’re considering where to publish, the best approach
to monitoring your impact is to have multiple ways of assessing your
If you’re at an early stage in your career, you can use metrics that don’t
require longer timeframes:
• Collaboration – how big is your network? What’s the status of
colleagues in your network? Where in the world are they located?
• Scholarly output – how productive are you?
• Usage – how often have your publications been viewed?
• Article metrics – who’s talking about papers online and what’s being
• Journal status – what’s the status of the journals that have published
your work? The average citation impact of all the articles in a journal
is a useful proxy for the impact your articles will achieve when they’ve
had time to accumulate citations.
When you’re at a later stage in your research career, with a sizeable
output and an impressive number of citations, further metrics can then
• Citation count – how many citations have your articles received?
• Outstanding articles – which of your articles are in the top percentile
of comparable articles?
• h-index – this rates your entire publication career based on both
output and citation impact. (An h-index of 11 indicates that 11 of a
researcher’s articles have each received at least 11 citations.)
Any author who has published at least one article with Elsevier within
the last 10 years will be invited to register for a personalized dashboard,
• Early feedback on how your publications are being downloaded,
shared and cited, based on ScienceDirect, Mendeley and Scopus.
• Data about the geographic locations and research disciplines of your
• Detailed information about search terms used in ScienceDirect to find
• A comparison of the performance of your article with other articles.
Have you not been invited to register for your personal dashboard yet?
Don’t worry, as it will certainly happen soon. You can also easily register
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Mendeley Stats: A personal and real time feedback service to authors. Combining metrics dating back 10
years. Including Elsevier and non-Elsevier publications.
8.3 ARTICLE METRICS
Who’s talking about papers online and what’s being said? Article metrics
allow you to track and analyze online activity around your article.
Online article mentions are monitored from social media sites (e.g.
Twitter, Facebook, Google+), science blogs, many mainstream media
outlets (including the NY Times, The Guardian, non-English language
publications like Die Zeit and Le Monde, and special interest publications
like Scientific American, and New Scientist) and reference managers for
mentions of academic papers.
Via our journal homepages we will show Top-10 lists of popular articles.
Any article covered on Scopus will both show article metrics and
percentile comparisons to articles of the same type and age.
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Why publish with Elsevier?
“Elsevier has a continuing pipeline 9.1
of innovating products and ideas.”
Of course, you’ll consider other publishers and journals for your article.
DR. GREGORY POLAND,
Why Elsevier? Well, chances are that the leading journal in your field
of expertise – The Lancet if you’re a medical scientist – is published by
Elsevier. We publish thousands of journals and books, including many
of the world’s most renowned titles such as Cell and Tetrahedon Letters.
We also continue to launch leading open access journals, such as
EBiomedicine and Heliyon.
“The idea that you
can find and publish
We also pride ourselves on our innovative approach, offering online
‘hidden gems’ from
services, article-based publishing and new types of open access
your lab book really
publishing; including research elements, which allow you to publish
resonated with us.
research output such as data, software, methods, videos, and more.
It allowed us to publish a useful find -
ing that may otherwise have stayed
We’re constantly looking for ways to make your articles easier to find,
in the lab book or been buried in
and to facilitate collaboration between researchers and authors. Content
innovation provides you with new tools to present your article: Share
DR. KEIRA. MELICAN,
Links allow you to share your work with a wide audience; and Mendeley
author and a member of the MethodsX advisory
board from Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm,
Stats lets you monitor your impact in a new and detailed way.
Sweden on the new microarticle journal MethodsX
Elsevier publishes your article on ScienceDirect, a leading information
solution providing authoritative, full-text scientific, technical and medical
content from Elsevier. By optimizing the platform and indexing all
content, Elsevier works to ensure that your article is more visible and can
be found more easily by search engines, library discovery services, A&I
databases, and other search and discovery tools.
Your article will be accessible immediately after acceptance, and has a
unique DOI (Digital Object Identifier) which will always link to the latest
available version. Elsevier also participates in the multi-publisher initiative
Crossref, which creates direct links between your article and those that
cite you. The CrossMark logo in online PDF or HTML documents helps
readers to verify that they’re using the most recent and reliable version of
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed
literature – scientific journals, books and conferences – and features
tools to track, analyze and visualize scholarly research. Its vast database
contains abstracts and references from more than 21,000 titles, obtained
from over 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary
coverage in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences
and the arts and humanities.
For authors, Scopus can simplify the search for relevant full-text content
and potential research partners with advanced search functions and email
alerts on specific topics, people and institutions.
UNDERSTANDING THE PUBLISHING PROCESS HOW TO PUBLISH IN SCHOLARLY JOURNALS 19Scopus lets you:
• Search for relevant topics or articles during the literature review phase.
• Decide where, and with whom, to publish – analyze the top journals
and authors in your discipline.
• Discover who is citing you, see their h-index and output information.
• Explore how many citations an article or author has received, and
identify potential collaborators.
• Find information to support your grant or other applications.
Additionally, Scopus helps you manage your research output and monitor
your reputation. Just sign up to receive citation alerts to track when your
work is cited in other articles; and use the Scopus Author Profile page to
view and analyze your output, including your h-index.
“Mendeley makes it
much easier to share Mendeley is a powerful reference manager and a Scholarly Collaboration
information with our
Network with more than 5 million users. Create a free account to discover
overseas colleagues -
relevant research, connect and collaborate with the global community.
we can discuss
Get started. Start a free account at mendeley.com and explore.
research papers over time zones
and if internet connections are
Mendeley Research Advisor, The Brooke,
UNDERSTANDING THE PUBLISHING PROCESS HOW TO PUBLISH IN SCHOLARLY JOURNALS 20“Thank you for this
Further information and training
excellent service. I have
recommended it to
my researchers. I am
The Elsevier Publishing Campus provides researchers all over the world
looking forward to the
with free access to valuable training and advice on applying for grants,
PROF. DR. ANNE MARIE OUDESLUYS,
planning their career or improving their publishing skills.
Department of Pediatrics, Leiden University
Medical Centre, on a Publishing Campus webinar.
Divided into six colleges, the Campus offers online lectures, interactive
training materials, videos and expert advice on a wide range of topics.
For every online lecture or interactive course completed, researchers are
awarded an Elsevier certificate.
The College of Skills Training - the biggest and most widely used of the
colleges - covers the whole academic publishing process. This college
provides in-depth information and training on how to write, structure
and submit a great article and improve authors’ chances of getting
published. Key subjects such as ethics, author rights and open access
options are included. Advice on successful grant writing can be looked
up in the Research Funding section. The peer-review process, essential
to improve the quality of articles, is also explained in detail – training
not only includes how authors can work with reviewers’ comments, but
courses on how to become a good peer reviewer.
“I used the access for
writing a postdoctoral
For more information see publishingcampus.com.
10.2 AUTHORS’ UPDATE
came through after
Our interactive Authors’ Update website has all the information you
the free-access period ended. Some
of the Elsevier journals I could access
need to help you get published and promote your articles. Regular posts
during that time were very helpful for
keep you in touch with industry developments and services designed
finding relevant literature. The free
to support your publishing efforts. You can also sign-up to receive free,
access has contributed to the success
regular email alerts.
of the proposal”
DR. CHRISTOPHER V. SYNATSCHKE,
For more information see elsevier.com/authors-update.
Feodor-Lynen Postdoctoral Fellow, Simpson
Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology,
Northwestern University, USA
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