Tag: journal

Assess the quality of a scholarly journal

Researchers can choose from tens of thousands of scholarly journals to disseminate their research results. It's not always easy to find out which ones are reliable.

General guidelines
  • Think. Check. Submit is a checklist to help you identify trustworthy journals and publishers.
  • Have (many of) your trusted peers published in …
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Authorship: authorship roles (contribution disclosure – author(ship) contribution statements)


Recognition for a person's effective contribution to a scholarly publication is done primarily through the inclusion, or not, of the names of (individual) contributors on a (more or less) limited list of names associated with that publication.

The place on this list determines in most cases the "importance" of …

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Authorship: conditions to be included as an author

The conditions 

Researchers who contribute significantly to the creation of the publication are added to the authors list.

This involves 4 (cumulative!) conditions:  

  • a significant contribution to the design of the research, relevant data collection, its analysis, and/ or interpretation;
  • drafting and/or critical reviewing the publication;
  • approval of the final …
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Authorship: what is the Ghent University policy?


Authorship is related to the actual contribution someone makes to a scientific publication.

Various stakeholders in science (research institutions, faculties, funders, publishers, journals, etc.) have developed standards to regulate this aspect of scholarly publishing.


Authorship is an important (co-)factor for the academic impact and reputation of individual researchers …

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Automatic alerts on recent publications: a how-to

The website JournalTOCs provides Tables of Contents (ToC) for many journals.

You can receive e-mail alerts of new issues after (free) registration.


Many (scholarly) databases allow you to subscribe to alerts as well, so you can stay informed on new content via e-mail or RSS feeds.

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Creative commons: open licence for copyrighted works

General info

A Creative Commons licence is an open licence. These kinds of licences allow certain, globally recognised, standardised re-use of copyrighted material. It is a so called upfront licence. You don't have to ask for permission to access, share or use a protected work, the permission is granted automatically. …

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Journal: what does "peer-reviewed" mean?

It is essential to researchers to publish in peer-reviewed journals. A peer review means that the quality of the research will be assessed by colleagues (usually before publication). Some monograph publishers also work with peer review, which means that the quality of the books they publish has been assessed by …

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Open Access colours: green, gold, diamond, hybrid and more

Open Access comes in different colours. While we especially use the term green OA, gold OA and hybrid OA, other terms refine those broader terms.

This tip addresses some of the Open Access flavours.

Diamond Open Access refers to a scholarly publication model in which journals and platforms do not …

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Open Access to your publications

Open Access refers to the practice of making peer-reviewed scholarly research and literature freely available online to anyone interested.

Open means anyone can freely access, use, modify, and share for any purpose, subject, at most, to requirements that preserve provenance and openness. It does not affect authors' freedom to choose …

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Open Access: How to use the Rights Retention Strategy?

Funders such the European Commission (Horizon Europe) require immediate open access with a CC BY license to all peer-reviewed scholarly publications. To meet those requirements, researchers have three options:

  • Publish with a diamond open access journal or platform, which does not require the payment of publication costs.
  • Publish with a …
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    Open Research Europe: what is it?

    Open Research Europe

    Open Research Europe (ORE) is a scholarly publishing platform available to Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe beneficiaries. It comes at no cost, has a rigorous and open peer review process, and the open access model enables everyone to access the results.

    The ORE platform was set up …

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    Plagiarism detection: use of the tool StrikePlagiarism

    Where can you find the tool?

    Checking articles or other textual work for plagiarism? Recently, it can be done with a new tool, StrikePlagiarism. The new tool is built into the Ufora learning environment.

    Teachers (and their students) are already familiar with it in the context of checking …

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    ProQuest: introduction

    ProQuest is a portal of scientific databases. Ghent University has access to 17 databases:

    • Acta Sanctorum
    • APA PsycArticles
    • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
    • C19: The Nineteenth Century Index
    • Coronavirus Research Database
    • Early Modern Books
    • Ebook Central
    • Gerritsen Women's History Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs
    • Patrologia Latina
    • Performing Arts Periodicals …
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    Publish: how to submit an article in a scholarly journal?

    How do you get your article published in a journal? How do you choose the right journal?

    The Knowledge Center for Health Ghent (KCGG) lists several tips on getting published for the medical sciences. Here's a selection of generally applicable tips.

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    SFX is a button that tries to bring you to an online full text article, based on the bibliographical information you've entered. If an online full text is not available, it'll offer you different options, for instance where you can find a print version, or how to request it from …

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    Sources: primary, secundary and tertiary sources

    What are primary sources?

    Primary sources are sources written (or made) by an original author. In exact sciences, these are lab logs, articles in which you present your research, the data you gathered during your research, etc. In social sciences these could be novels, paintings, archaeological objects, and so on. …

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    Start an Open Access Journal

    Via the Open Access platform UGent

    The University Library Ghent offers a publication platform for (UGent) editors of open access journals via https://openjournals.ugent.be/.  Existing journals as well as brand new ones can use the platform to publish their journal online. 

    Not only can you publish the articles, you can …

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    Web of Science (WoS): introduction

    Web of Science (WoS) is a portal of several scholarly databases. Ghent University has access to:

    • Science Citation Index (SCI)
    • Social Science Citation Index (SSCI)
    • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (AHCI)
    • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science (CPCI-S)
    • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH)
    • Emerging Sources …
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