Digital Publishing at Columbia
Columbia University Libraries support the creation, discovery, and dissemination of quality, open-access research in the form of journals and dynamic digital scholarship projects.
We seek collaborations with Columbia-affiliated faculty and students who want to ask new questions of their communities, play at the borders of currently canonized fields, open new pathways of inquiry, explore innovative methods, and include new and traditionally underrpresented voices in the scholarly conversation.
Unsure which journal or press would be best for your work? Colleagues in your field (and the publishers who publish the work you most often read) are probably your best resources, but there are also a few tools that can help you narrow down your choice: JANE (Journal/Article Name Estimator) and SJ Finder will make suggestions based on a title and abstract you provide. They use data from PubMed and MedLine, and are best suited for researchers in scientific fields.
Since most publishers don't accept simultaneous submissions, here are some questions you can ask yourself to help you make a decision about where to send it first. A journal's website is usually the best place to find the answers to these questions.
- Where is it indexed (where will people find your work)? Ulrich's Global Serials Directory can help you find this information.
- What it its scope?
- What rights will you retain (if any) if this journal publishes your work?
- Is the journal open access, or will its policies allow you to make a version of your work available in a disciplinary or institutional repository? Check Sherpa/Romeo for this information.
The advent of digital publishing has led to a proliferation of online-only academic journals, many of similar or even superior quality to some print publications, but others of dubious reputation. If you've been invited to submit to a journal but are unsure about its legitimacy, ask yourself the following questions.
- If the journal is open access, is it registered with the Directory of Open Access Journals?
- Does the journal list the names of its editorial and advisory boards?
- Are the journal's peer review and editorial policies openly available?
- Do you recognize the names of current contributors as scholars in your field?
- Do you recognize the publisher of the journal? Is this information easy to find? Is that publisher a member of COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics)?
If the answer to any of these questions is no, it's possible (but not guaranteed) that you're dealing with a predatory publisher. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
If you have questions about author rights, copyright, fair use, or your right to reuse others' work or share your own, contact Copyright Advisory Services or attend their office hours on Tuesdays from 10am to noon.