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Library Services for Researchers


There are several issues to consider when preparing a paper for publication, such as where to publish, whether to go for an Open Access option, and how to manage and share your research data.

A key aspect of academic publishing is deciding which journal to submit your paper to. You’ll want to think about this early on, so you can familiarise yourself with the style of your chosen journal in terms of tone, format and referencing style.

Another important thing to bear in mind is that there are a large number of predatory and disreputable journals out there, and so it’s important to do a bit of fact-finding around potential journals if you are not already familiar with them. A good tool to help you with this is Think. Check. Submit..

There is also a sister site called Think. Check. Attend. which has a checklist for considering whether to submit a paper for a particular conference.

If you are unsure whether the journal you are considering may be predatory, get in touch with us and we’ll help you out.

You may want to consider an Open Access option for publishing your research. There are various options including:

Creative Commons New Zealand Introduction to Open Access

If your research is quantitative, you may want some tips on how to collate, store and enable re-use of your data. Here is a guide that you might find useful: Managing Your Research Data.
The University of Otago also has a Data Management Planning Tool, which you can check out here: Data Management Planning tool.

Come and chat to us if you have any questions about publishers or publishing. You can also check out the University of Otago Library (Dunedin) guide to Research Publishing & Impact.