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HMS Choosing the Right Journal: A Key Step to Succeed in Academic Publishing

May 11, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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Overview: A cornerstone of successful academic career is scientific publishing. This is the main process to share your findings in basic research, clinical investigation, and medical education. To identify the correct publication venue may be challenging, in particular at the beginning of someone’s career or when switching to a new field. To do so, one must consider the journal’s scope and visibility, impact factor, peer review cycle, rejection rate, and cost of publication, just to name a few aspects.  Choosing the right journal has become even more difficult with an explosion in the number of new publishers and over 8,000 active academic journals currently available. Many of the new entrants may provide online-only publishing with open access, high article fees, and questionable quality control. While these “pseudo-journals” mainly target developing countries with rapidly growing scholastic activities, more established scientific communities are not immune to this challenge.

How to find the best journal for your scientific work? What are the benefits and challenges of Open Access? What resources are available to avoid common pitfalls in the submission process? In this 90-minute workshop, we will explore safe practices of matching manuscripts to the right journals and avoiding publishing outlets with potentially deceiving or dishonest practices.

This workshop is sponsored by the HMS Academy Writing for Scholarship Interest Group.  Co-Chairs: John Borus, MD and Susan Pories, MD.

Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, learners will be able to:

  1. Discuss the principles for choosing the most appropriate journal for academic publishing;
  2. Utilize online tools that help identify legitimate and high-quality journals;
  3. Identify key elements of the Think-Check-Submit strategy before submitting a scientific manuscript;
  4. Describe the benefits and challenges of Open Access scholarly publishing.


3:30-3:55 PM “How to use online resources to identify ‘real’ journals and their impact factors”

Beatrice Hoffmann, MD, PhD, RDMS

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, HMS

3:55-4:20 PM “Choosing the right journal for educational manuscripts”

Subha Ramani, MBBS, MMEd

Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS

4:20-4:45 PM “The promises and perils of Open Access publishing”

Gyorgy Baffy, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, HMS

4:45-5PM Closing Remarks 


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