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Sci-tech: Scholarly publishing

This guide includes resources about scholarly publishing in scientific and technical disciplines. Areas covered include peer review, open access, article metrics, journal evaluation tools, and NISO best practices.


Publishing your research 101

The effective communication of scientific research is vital both to the scientific community and to a scientist’s career. ACS (American Chemical Society) Publications has launched the Publishing Your Research 101 video series to assist authors and reviewers in understanding and improving their experience with the processes of writing, submitting, editing, and reviewing manuscripts.

Forum on the future of scientific publishing

This all-day Forum was held on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge on the Stanford University Campus. The Forum allowed major stakeholders to present their perspectives on impending federal policy changes regarding open access to scientific research.  View the detailed Agenda. Video and slide presentations can also be downloaded via the library catalog

Forum wordle, image by Sara Lefort

Article of the future

An introductory movie of the Elsevier's Article of the Future project. For more information, please visit

Flow of scientific information

The flow of scientific information: from idea to publication

Academic research process

Academic research process
Visual summary included in an email message from Amazelia Services to Grace Baysinger on 13 January 2006.

Publishing your research

Books about getting your research published

Please see Sci-tech: Written communication for additional discipline-specific books about writing articles, theses, grant proposals, and technical reports.

handbook of scholarly writing and publishing
1st ed. San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, c2011.
Education Library (Cubberley) » Stacks » PN146 .H36 2011
Craft of Editing
New York : Springer, c2000.
SAL3 (off-campus storage) » Stacks » T11.4 .A43 2000
Getting published in the life sciences
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley-Blackwell, c2011.
Marine Biology Library (Miller) » Stacks » QH304 .G53 2011
How to write and publish a scientific paper
7th ed. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Marine Biology Library (Miller) » Stacks » T11 .D33 2012
What Editors Want : an author's guide to scientific journal publishing
Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Marine Biology Library (Miller) » Stacks » Z286 .S37 B467 2013

Books about publishing

Handbook of Journal Publishing
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Science Library (Li and Ma) » Stacks » Z286 .S37 H35 2013
Introduction to scientific publishing
Berlin ; New York : Springer, ©2013.
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Peer review and manuscript management in scientific journals : guidelines for good practice
Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2007.
SAL3 (off-campus storage) » Stacks » Q225.5 .H255 2007
The Case for Books
New York : PublicAffairs, c2009.
Green Library » Stacks » Z116 .A2 D37 2009
XML in technical communication
Croydon [England] : Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators, 2008.
SAL3 (off-campus storage) » Stacks » QA76.76 .H94 C68 2008

Books about scholarly communication

Scholarship in the digital age : information, infrastructure, and the Internet
Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, c2007.
Green Library » Lane Reading Room: Digital culture and humanities computing » AZ195 .B67 2007
Guide to e-Science
London ; New York : Springer, ©2011.
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Oxford book of modern science writing
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource

Publishing Ethics

Peer review

Is this a peer-reviewed source?

Peer review in 3 minutes (from NCSU)

Peer review

Do we still need peer review?
Lanham : The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2013.
Education Library (Cubberley) » Stacks » LB2333 .G58 2013
Guardians of science : fairness and reliability of peer review
Weinheim ; New York : VCH, c1993.
SAL3 (off-campus storage) » Stacks » Q180.55 .E9 D36 1993
Peer review and manuscript management in scientific journals : guidelines for good practice
Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2007.
SAL3 (off-campus storage) » Stacks » Q225.5 .H255 2007
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Peer Review Handbook
3rd ed. Washington, DC : Science Policy Council, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, [2006?]
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource

Open access (OA)

Open Access Explained (by PhD. Comics)

Types of open access

  • Gold Open Access: Publication costs are covered by an 'Article Processing Fees' paid by authors upon acceptance. The final 'article of record' is made available to all, immediately, without any barriers to access.  Fees range from $800-$5,000 per article.
  • Green Open Access: A version of the paper (often the author's manuscript) is made available via a subject or institutional repository. An embargo period is often involved, typically 6-24 months. No payment is made, and publishers strive to recoup their investment through traditional sales during the embargo period. 
  • Delayed Open Access: The final version of the paper is made available by the publisher after an embargo period (e.g. publisher deposits the paper in PubMed Central after 12 months).

Library books on open access

Open Access
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2012.
Green Library » Stacks » Z286 .O63 S83 2012

* Publishers & OA

* OA repositories

Researcher/article metrics

Journal evaluation tools

Multidimensional journal evaluation : analyzing scientific periodicals beyond the impact factor
Berlin : De Gruyter/Saur, c2012.
Science Library (Li and Ma) » Stacks » Q225.5 .H38 2012
"Scientific communication depends primarily on publishing in journals. The most important indicator to determine the influence of a journal is the Impact Factor. Since this factor only measures the average number of citations per article in a certain time window, it can be argued that it does not reflect the actual value of a periodical. This book defines five dimensions, which build a framework for a multidimensional method of journal evaluation. The author is winner of the Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Scholarship 2011."
Journal Citation Reports - JCR 2013
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Journal Citation Reports® offers a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate the world's leading journals, with quantifiable, statistical information based on citation data. By compiling articles' cited references, JCR Web helps to measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals. Available in Science and Social Sciences editions. With JCR, authors and editors can identify the most appropriate, influential journals in which to publish, and researchers can discover where to find the current reading list in their respective fields. Journal Citation Reports Product Information. Journal Citation Reports Training.

Books on bibliometrics

  1. edited by Elaine M. Lasda, University at Albany, USA.. 2019

  2. Ronald Rousseau, Leo Egghe, Raf Guns. 2018

  3. Ronald Rousseau, Leo Egghe, Raf Guns. 2018

Journal abbreviations & DOIs

Standards & guidelines