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Publishing your research

Publishing in peer-reviewed journals

For publishing scholarly articles, peer reviewed journals are the most reputable. Before publishing the article, it is necessary to examine the journal against the relevancy, quality, and accessibility of that journal.

  • ERA journal lists: try the Codes to check journal for research areas.
  • SCImago – Journal Rankings (free resource) – quartile rankings for journals in each discipline category
  • Google Scholar: perform an “advanced search” on Google Scholar and search for “articles published in”. Ensure to capture the journal.
  • Eigenfactor Metrics: searchable database of Eigenfactor® and Article Influence® scores from from 1997 to the 2013.

Journal quality is measured by 'impact factors' - or Journal Rankings. There are two types, but both measures look at the number of citations the journal has received.

Open access publishing

There are many platforms for publishing in the Open Access environment. See the 'Open Access Repositories' page for just a few.

To understand more about publishing in this way, here is some further reading:

Regulatory environment




Social media for researchers

Social media has become a very effective tool for researchers to interact with peers for sharing and disseminating their research findings. Main purpose of this section is to provide useful information about the effectiveness of social media and highlight some of the popular social media tools for collaborative works. 

Social media: A guide for researchers (RIN UK 2011)

The 7 Biggest, Counterintuitive Social Media Mistakes You May be Making

Academic Social Networks

Researchers can disseminate ideas to a much wider audience and can present ideas in early stages to gather feedback. Combining tweeting with blogging can maximise impact. However it is not sufficient to merely post when there is something to disseminate – it requires regular engagement to build up an audience - re-posting and commenting on others work.

Why blog?

Why tweet?

Researcher Profile pages

Scholarly Communication Cookbook: Create a Researcher Profile Page


Twitter :


Examples of academic blogs:


Traditional impact measures

Traditional impact measure are based upon on citation. It determines the quality of:

  • the journal
  • the paper
  • the author
  • the research centre, department and/or University.


Bibliometric tools: are used to measure the impact of research fields, impact of set of researchers or the impact of a particular paper.  An introduction to Bibiometrics can be found at the Measure your research impact (MyRI) site.

Quick reference guides to impact measures

Publishers of bibliometric scores include:

< >SCImago – Journal Rankings (free resource) – quartile rankings for journals in each discipline categoryScopus – gives citation counts on journal articles and calculates an h-index for authorsWeb of Science – gives citation counts on journal articles and calculates an h-index for authorsJCR (Journal Citation Reports) – gives impact factors for journalsGoogle Scholar – gives citation counts on journal articles and through My Citations can calculate an h-index; also gives journal rankings using an h-index through Google Scholar Metrics

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognised.Find out more.

Presentation: Overview of ORCID


New measures of impact

Over the last decade, scholars have begun a great migration into online spaces, moving workflows and discussions to online platforms like Mendeley, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and more. A useful introduction to Altmetrics can be found at the Altmetric site.

Alternative Metrics (Altmetrics) - captures public engagement with research, and therefore, its influence.  Its measures include:

  • number of times read online
  • number of downloads
  • number of re-posting, sharing, recommending and discussing

Systems, software and plugins


Research publications reporting

Torrens University Australia collects and reports details of research publications authored by TUA staff, research postgraduate students and adjunct staff.

The research publications data forms part of the Higher Education Research Publication Data Collection (HERDC) and will form part of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Initiative.

Research publication must meet the requirements defined at HERDC, the principles of which are:

Definition of Research

Peer Reviewed


Show the authors affiliation with TUA

Be an eligible 'research output' type (journal article, book, book chapter, full conference paper, and for ERA, creative work)

How to report your publications

If you are a TUA researcher, adjunct or postgraduate student, please provide your  Collection Officer with a copy of each of your research publications, along with supporting evidence as outlined in the Checklist. And submit your declaration of Authorship Proforma for each publication  (form below).

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