Think. Check. Submit.

Are you in the process of choosing a journal but unsure which to pick? Think.Check.Sumbit is a page that might help you. The first step of selecting a journal is to think about your options. Then you ask a number of question to the journal and when you have answered yes to all or most of the question you can submit your article to the journal. The question of where the articles are indexed is an important one. They should be indexed in a database relevant for your subject area because then your colleagues are able to access the articles you have written.

There are other questions to ask as well when controlling a journal. Your research funder might demand open access. In that case it is important to control how the funder wants the article to be openly accessible. Is it enough for it to be deposited in the publication database of the university (DiVA in our case)? Or does it have to be an open access journal? How quickly does the article need to be made available? What about impact? Does the journal claim to have impact? Is the impact factor provided by Web of Science or by someone else? You should know that the only valid impact factor is provided by Web of Science.

When you are uncertain contact us at the library, biblioteket(at) We are here to help you.

Text: Pieta

Open Access Week 2016

This year’s Open Access Week takes place between October 24-30 and this years theme is “Open in action“. Several big actors is on the move and have started to invest resources to increase the number of articles published open access. One example is the Swedish Research Council, which is investing 8 million over two years to increase publication open access research.oaweek

Research data is another topic that is likely to be affected by the future research bill. Demands on data management plans has already started to come up as part of the funding application process and in the proposed guidelines from 2015, written by the Swedish Research Council we can read that: […] research data […] should be openly available […]
Or roughly translated in context:

The basic principle of the proposed national guidelines is that scientific publications, artistic works and research data as the basis for scientific publications resulting from publicly funded research should be openly available. In both cases, given the proposed timescales for implementation. Research Council proposes that Sweden should have a vision for 2025 and the guidelines apply until 2020. Within the framework of the mandate given recommendations on what needs to be further investigated. […]

We at the Library choose to align the Open Access Week activities towards making research data available. We start the week’s activities on Tuesday, October 25th with speakers from the Swedish National Data Service (SND). Elisabeth Strandhagen and Ilze Lac, they will talk about open access to research data, and good data management; the presentation is in Swedish. Next, we have a library breakfast and a workshop in data management  that is offered in two rounds (round 1 and round 2). During these workshops we go through SND’s data management template and discuss together with the participants how and if it is possible to customise the template to fit different data types. Remember to sign up for a library breakfast.

We are always available to respond any time of the year if you have questions regarding open access and research data.

Text: Thomas

Import to DiVA

There is an import function in DiVA. Using this function you can add most of the reference data connected to your publications without having to typing it manually.

Use the guide “How to use the import function in DiVA 2015-12-14“. If anything is unclear you can contact Thomas Nyström at the library and he will gladly show you how you can use the import function.


Text: Thomas

Quality indicators for open access journals

Do you ever consider publishing in an open access journal? Publishing in open access journals is associated with many benefits. You research is freely available online for all, not just those with access to databases subscribed to by the library. You keep your rights to your work, get continually feedback via social media and your research is more visible and gets more impact.

The oa-journal landscape is complex as is the traditional journal landscape. There are plenty of oa-journals, many new titles emerge, and they all have their models for financing the journal. There are many oa-journals with high quality but there are also many unethical and unprofessional journals. However there are indicators to help you to choose among all the oa-journals. You find both positive and negative indicators listed below. If you still fell unsure contact us at the library!

Positive indicators:

  • Journal is indexed in subject specific databases
  • Scope of the journal is well-defined and clearly stated
  • Journal’s main target group is researchers
  • Editor and the editor board are well-known within the field
  • Journal is affiliated or sponsored by a well-known scholarly society or academic institution
  • Published articles are within the scope of the journal and meets the standards of the discipline
  • All fees and for publishing are easily found, and understood, on the journal’s home page
  • Articles have DOIA (digital object identifier: DOI: 10.1111/jonm.1227)
  • Journal clearly indicates rights for use and re-use of content on article level (e.g. CC BY license)
  • Journal has ISSN (International Standard Serial Number, e.g. 1402-151X)
  • Publisher is a member of OASPA
  • Journal is registered in UlrichsWeb (global serials directory) Outside of campus? Log in is needed)
  • Journal is listed in DOAJ

Negative indicators

  • Journal is not indexed in subject specific databases (it is not enough to be indexed in Google!)
  • Journal’s home page is difficult to find or identify
  • Publisher About information is inadequate or completely missing
  • Publisher direct marketing is obtrusive (spamming)
  • Information for authors is inadequate or not available
  • Information on peer review and copyright is inadequate, unclear or missing from the journal home page
  • Journal scope statement is missing or vague
  • Repeat lead authors in same issue
  • Publisher has a negative reputation (search information about the publisher/journal online)

Pieta Eklund