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Publishing in Journals

The rapid move towards digital publishing has led to an unprecedented increase in the number journals available to our researchers to publish in.  On top of leaving researchers overwhelmed by the choice of journals for publication, they also have to consider whether the journal they want to publish in is legitimate and noteworthy, i.e. not predatory. 

There are various publishing models:

  • Traditional, which is not free (pay for access/licenses);
  • Green, which is not free, but allows authors to place articles in open-access repositories;
  • Hybrid, which is not free, but allows authors to pay to make a specific article freely available; and
  • Gold, which is an entirely free, open access publishing model.

Although the idea of a journal that is freely available to the public, with no financial barriers to access, seems like a good choice, when it comes to publishing, many researchers struggle with the decision of whether to do so in an open access journal versus a traditional (and perhaps more well-established) journal. The four main factors usually considered when making this decision are visibilitycostprestige and speed.

At NUST we make use of Cabell’s Scholarly Analytics to guide use on where to publish.  It is a database of journals, describing peer-review policy, fees, quality metrics, and many more features that researchers find helpful in making decisions about where to publish.  Consisting of the Whitelist of reputable journals and the Blacklist of questionable journals, it aims to be a reliable source of information on quality, competitiveness, visibility and integrity of journals.  Other lists you can consult to guide you in your decision on where to publish are:

SA Department of Higher Education and Training Accredited Journal List

Clarivate Analytics Journal List

SCIELO SA Journal List

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