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The Publish or Perish Blog

News, views, and insider information from the academic publishing industry!




Journal impact factor versus altmetrics

The emergence and slight shift towards alternative metrics have many researchers question the importance of the journal impact factor (JIF). In this post we'll walk you through what they are, how they work, and why the research community is divided.


Preparing to write a scientific paper

A collection of blog posts that will help you with preparing your paper for publication. From choosing your journal to writing yoru cover letter, and everything in between. 


Self-plagiarism: What it is and why you should avoid it

The rules about citing and quoting previous work – to avoid plagiarism – relate equally to one’s own previous writing. In this article, we cover what self-plagiarism is, and the reasons and ways to avoid it in your research papers.


Making the choice: Paid journals vs open-access journals

The decision to decide where to publish has always been difficult, and now there is even more choice: Open-access or paid journals. We discuss your options and how to choose. 


What is a manuscript health check?

In most cases editing and proofreading is not enough to get a paper ready for submission. So instead of just fixing grammatical errors and spelling mistakes, I started adding detailed comments and questions about the structure, content, conclusions. This was how the manuscript health check was born.


Stop, collaborate and listen!

We can finally provide full collaborative editing for our authors that prefer writing in latex. Find out more about Overleaf and its collaboration features. 


Publish your paper the heart-centred way

Shhhhhh. Listen carefully. Can you hear anything? Look carefully. Notice anything different? What you can't see and can’t hear is the heart-centred way of doing business. It has changed the way that we do business and it will change the way you publish your manuscript.


Why was my paper rejected?

Seventy percent (70%) of all papers submitted to a high impact academic journal get rejected without peer-review. Find out why and what you can do to avoid it. 


How to choose the best academic journal for your paper

Journal selection is one of those things that comes with experience. How do you decide if you have a Nature or Science paper in your hand or if it is more suitable for the dreaded (for all the wrong reasons!) specialised journal?