A cool tool developed at Erasmus University Medical Center with funding from the Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre. Simply copy & paste your manuscript’s abstract and JANE pulls a set of journals for you to possibly publish in.
Review journal metrics and rankings using various tools:
Search journals in the Whitelist/Journalytics for Altmetrics data. Almetrics report the impact of the journal through non-traditional channels, such as social media. Also, consult the Blacklist/Predatory Reports to ensure your journal is legitimate.
Similar to Journal Citation Reports, Scopus provides information at the journal level including impact factor and journal ranking quartiles. There is some overlap with JCR, but Scopus indexes different journals than JCR.
Decision support tool for journal identification and assessment created and maintained by Center for Knowledge Management at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Selecting Your First Target Journal
Once you identify a set of potential journals, check each journal's website for the following:
Does your manuscript fit the scope/focus of the journal?
Do they publish your type of article (ie: original research, case study, case report, systematic review, etc)?
Select one journal that seems to have the best fit
Follow the author guidelines to the letter
Wait for a response (& be sure not to submit elsewhere)
Revise or submit to your second target journal
The Open Access (OA) publishing model has paved the way for global scholarly communication in allowing free, unlimited access to research without the barriers of publisher paywalls. However, when selecting journals to publish in, be mindful of sham OA journals that only "exist for the sole purpose of profit, not the dissemination of high-quality research findings and furtherance of knowledge" (Berger & Cirasella, 2015). These are known as predatory publishers and could impact your scholarly reputation, promotion and tenure, and institution.
To protect yourself and your work, just remember to thoroughly check your journal before submitting an article for publication.
For additional information on Open Access Publishing, see our LibGuide.
In addition to predatory journals, predatory conferences have also emerged. "These are not conferences organized by scholarly societies. Instead, they are conferences organized by revenue-seeking companies that want to exploit researchers' need to build their vitas with conference presentations and papers in the published proceedings or affiliated journals" (Pai & Franco, 2016).
Warning signs of a predatory conference mirror many of the same signs of predatory publishers and include:
receiving unsolicited emails to present or be a keynote at a conference you have never heard of
conference location is usually international, often in India, China, or Japan
conference focus includes many, unrelated disciplines
rapid promise of abstract acceptance
no stated peer review
bundled registration packages that include conference registration, lodging, meals, transportation, and sightseeing
If you ever have any questions regarding a journal or conference, please contact us and we can review and provide a recommendation to you!
The ICMJE is a small working group of general medical journal editors who have developed standards in medical publishing including guidelines on how to structure and write a medical paper as well as authorship guidelines.
Individual chapters focus on writing various types of articles including: Review articles, case reports, editorials/letters to the editor, book reviews, research protocols, grant proposals, and cover letters.
A series of short, helpful videos on writing tips including how craft an argument, structure a paper, proofreading, and editing. Also features time management videos such as how to carve out time for writing and limiting distractions.
Determining authorship and author order is a significant step of the publishing process. According to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), every author should meet ALL of the following four criteria:
1) Substantial contributions to the conception, design, data collection, or data analysis
2) Drafting or revising the manuscript
3) Approving the final version to submit to a journal
4) Being accountable for the work should any questions or concerns arise
If all criteria are not met, then it is appropriate to acknowledge those individuals in the Acknowledgements section of your manuscript.
The purpose of the Foundational Medical Studies (FMS) Open Access (OA) Publishing Fee Program is to increase the opportunity for FMS faculty to publish in open access journals by supporting publication fees for peer-reviewed and accepted manuscripts in program-approved Open Access journals. Individual grant awards may be for up to $3000, paid directly to the OA journal publisher.
Some publishers offer special agreements that lower the open access publishing fee for authors. Currently, Oakland University has agreements with BioMed Central and Cambridge Open Access.
Medical Student Journals
Medical student journals are online, peer-reviewed journals run by medical students for medical student publishing. They are a great option for pilot projects or if you are having difficulty in finding a suitable journal elsewhere.
Online, peer-reviewed, open access journal accepts honors theses excerpts, scientific research papers, research essays, interviews, medical ethics essays, creative writing pieces, sound pieces, and visual art pieces.
Does not accept original research. Accepted article types fall into three categories: News & Views, Clinical, and Careers. See the journal website for more information.
How to Write a Case Report
Writing a case report is very different from a traditional manuscript and does not follow the IMRAD format. There are several resources that can help you get started in structuring and writing a case report for publication.
Great website with practical and concise tips for writing case reports developed by an international group of experts. The checklist is particularly useful for ensuring you include all the necessary information.
Check out Chapter 7 on How to Write a Case Report.
Publishing a Case Report
There are two primary journal types when it comes to publishing case reports:
1) Those journals that solely publish case reports, and
2) Journals that publish case reports as one of many article types. You can follow the same principles when identifying journals to publish a case reportas described in the 'Publishing Basics' tab of this guide, but here are a few we recommend:
This is a great journal to start with when submitting a case report for publication. Both the OUWB Medical Library and Beaumont Medical Library have an institutional membership ("fellowship") so publication fees are waived.
--If you are an OUWB affiliate (medical student, biomedical sciences faculty): contact the OUWB Medical Library at email@example.com to get the access code to waive the fee.
--If you are a Beaumont affiliate (clinician, resident): contact the Beaumont Medical Library at ROReference@beaumont.edu to get the access code to waive the fee.