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Graduate Research: Getting published

Developing a publishing strategy

 How can I gain exposure, maintain my researcher profile, and maximise research impact?

Develop your publishing strategy.....

  1. Your publishing agenda: Are you aiming to publish throughout your candidature? Will you be disseminating your research through conferences, journals, book chapters, exhibitions or performances? Who is your target audience (there may be several)?  What journals do they read? Which conferences do they go to? What publication timelines are involved?
  2. Seek advice from supervisors, colleagues, mentors. Where do they publish? Which conferences do they present at?

  3. Investigate journals and conferences with tools freely available on the web, and subscription-based tools via the Library. They can help you determine publication quality, impact, efficiency, focus and scope. Who is their audience? Investigate editorial board output and research reputation - where do they publish; who do they cite; and who is citing them? Investigate the rates of author citation within particular journals.
  4. Select avenues of dissemination and submit your work for the peer review and publication process. Review impact and profile after publication.

Thesis including Published Works

In many disciplines, it is possible to make published or unpublished papers part of your thesis. Monash requirements are explained here

Writing for publication

Online advice

Whatever your field, turning your research into publications is a vital academic enterprise. Academic careers are built on the foundation of regular and substantial publication. Find out more about writing a journal article here.


Targeting journals

See Library Subject Guides for lists of journals in your field.

Investigate journals with these tools:

Ulrichsweb lists journals and gives a range of information about them, including where they are indexed.

SCImago Journal and Country Rank ranks journals that publish research in science.

Maintaining your researcher profile and reviewing impact

Make your research visible through

  • your institutional repository
    • monash.figshare - contains accepted versions of published works, as well as non-published manuscripts and grey literature like theses, technical reports, working and discussion papers, and conference posters
  • online research networks, where you can share and promote your research, see how many others are reading it, and find out what others in your field are doing

Measure the impact of your publications


Monash University Publishing

Monash University Publishing publishes scholarship of the highest standard across the humanities and social sciences


Predatory publishing

Some publishers approach researchers offering to publish their manuscripts - there is often a catch (a fee may be involved, there may be no quality control, marketing or distribution). Reputable publishers do not usually contact researchers directly in this way.

Read more about vanity and predatory publishing here...


Do you need to include material published by others (images, diagrams, recordings, etc.) in your research publication? The Monash University Copyright Adviser, located within the Library, can provide practical advice on managing copyright during the research and publication process.