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The Publish or Perish Blog

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




Predatory journals: What they are and how to avoid them

Also known as fraudulent, pseudo, hijacked, or deceptive journals, predatory journals are journals that claim to be legitimate scholarly journals, but far from it. 


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?


Publicise your research

A step-by-step guide on how to get articles published in an academic journal


Writing a high impact research paper

Do you know what it takes to write a paper with high impact. Find out in our latest article. 


Three questions to ask your scientific paper editor

Would you take skiing lessons from a snowboarder? What does this have to do with editing a manuscript? Find out in our latest post about the differences between editors and how to choose the right one!


Editing tips if you want to do it yourself

So you want to publish your paper and want to do it all by yourself. We have gathered together some important things to consider before you begin. 


Tips for accelerating the publication of your manuscript

A rapid and timely publication process can speed up the distribution of findings, lower the chances of being scooped, and allow you to focus on the next project. Whether you are currently experimenting with or are in the middle of writing, the following tips may help you increase your publication speed:


Do you really need proofreading and editing services?

There are thousands of proofreaders and editors out there. So how do you choose the best one for your needs? You can look for a freelance editor and hope for the best. Sites like?freelancer.com?and?fiverr.com?are the best place to look.


Everything you need to know about academic proofreading services

What are academic author services and how can they help you publish your next paper. Find out everything you need to know in this blog post. 


Add an extra layer of professionalism with editing and proofreading experts

What are professional editing services? Do you need them? Can you avoid them?