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Publishing Your Research


You are about to publish a paper. You have done great research and worked hard, but.....

PubMed contains 28 million articles........Embase over 32 million... will anyone find yours?

1. Make it 'findable'

Consider the language you have used and how people will search for papers on this topic. How will databases and search engines treat your paper? How can you facilitate it appearing in search results?  More.....


2. Write a good abstract

The the most widely read part of your paper

it determines whether people read the full paper

may be used by journal editors as first screen

will be used to find your paper

How do you make it as effective as possible?   More.....


3. Use a reporting guideline

Reporting guidelines are simple tools to assist researchers in writing clear but thorough articles on their research. They provide a minimum list of information that:

  • makes sure that research can be understood by readers
  • replicated by another researcher
  • used in clinical decision making.

The Equator Network maintains an extensive list of reporting guidelines for different study types and topics.


4. Maintain your author profile

Author identifiers make it easier to connect your publications to you. This is especially useful for people with fairly common names, or with names that may be written in differing formats. Search functions may not connect different forms of the same name, but author ID's solve this problem. ORCID ID is becoming one of the more popular identifiers. It is indexed in PubMed, Embase and other databases.


5. Make it accessible

The easier your research is to access, the more people will read it. Many journal publications are behind paywalls which may restrict some potential readers. Consider options such as Open Access or posting your publication elsewhere. Check your publishing agreement to confirm if you can do this. - Information on sharing articles in accord with publishing and access agreements.


6. Publish where it counts

Its not all about the most prestigous journal. Think about who your audience is:

  • which journals do people interested in your topic read? Try the Journal Author Name Estimator.
  • will your article be open access or behind a paywall? Open access articles get cited more.
  • avoid predatory journals

more on predatory journals...


7. Be aware of your research impact

Make the most of research metrics.


Note that all publications must comply with appropriate institutional guidelines:

RMH Guidelines for publishing and authorship in research.