Guide to Scholarly Writing, Publishing, and Research Impact

This guide to scholarly communications will acquaint researchers with knowledge and tools for better understanding and managing the dissemination of their scholarly research.


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Erin Owens
Room 200C, 2nd floor, Library (NGL)


This guide is intended to guide you through various stages of the scholarly communication lifecycle.

The pages in the menu on the left will suggest resources that can help you to:

  • STRENGTHEN understanding of the scholarly writing, peer review, and publishing process;
  • MANAGE data resulting from your research, including open archival when mandated; 
  • DISCOVER journals that publish in a certain field or on a certain topic;
  • COMPARE journals based on scope, mission, metrics, and more, to find what is right for you;
  • AVOID predatory publishers and journals; 
  • CONSIDER OPEN-ACCESS publishing and its benefits; 
  • KNOW your rights for post-publication use of your article;
  • PROMOTE your research products; 
  • COLLECT post-publication data to show the impact of your research;
  • APPLY metrics and altmetrics to tell the story of your research in CVs, tenure and promotion portfolios, etc;
  • MANAGE your researcher identity and online presence or profile.


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I'm Here to Help

As your Scholarly Communications Librarian, I am here to help any faculty and students interested in scholarly publishing or scholarly communication issues more broadly. Please don't hesitate to call! 

For example, I can help you...

  • Research the reputation and quality of a specific journal title (e.g., is it predatory, how does it rank within its discipline, what is its acceptance rate, various journal metrics, etc.).
  • Identify a list of high-quality journals in a field that may be good options for a particular manuscript topic.
  • Compare open-access publishing options and understand different publishing models, author charges, etc. 
  • Help add an author addendum to a publishing agreement to protect more of your post-publication rights.
  • Answer questions about using a work after publication, including whether and how it may be shared through Scholarly Works @ SHSU; a subject repository like arXiv, SocArXiv, etc.; or a scholarly social network like ResearchGate. 
  • Gather various metrics about a published article to help tell the story of its value and impact (including citations, downloads, social media shares, etc.; availability and array of metrics may vary by article, publisher, etc.).
  • Create an ORCID profile and/or establish other research profiles to manage your online presence as a researcher.
  • Learn how to use EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, and other research and citation management tools. 
  • Learn how to use DMPTool, figshare, or other tools related to data management. 
  • Answer other questions about scholarly writing and publishing, open-access publishing, predatory publishers, impact metrics, archival and promotion of your published work and presentations, data management, and related topics.

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