Faculty Publication Support
The Libraries have compiled these resources to assist faculty with planning and preparing manuscripts for publication. Subject librarians can offer additional support and guidance as needed.
Planning for Publication
- Human subjects: Research projects need to comply with the Office of the Provost’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements. Librarians can help with questions and literature reviews relative to research strategies that incorporate human subjects.
- Outreach to other libraries: Librarians can provide ways to identify source material, find information on collections at other institutions and advise on methods for making inquiries and arranging access. If letters of introduction are needed for faculty or student researchers, please email Margaret Schaus, Lead Research and Instruction Librarian.
- Developing a proposal
- The Libraries offer guides for planning writing projects including: Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success (2019) and The Book Proposal Book: A Guide for Scholarly Authors (2021)
- Additional recent titles on scholarly publishing and book proposals.
- Working with publishers
- Help identify potential publishers
- Bring publishers to campus for public events
- Provide high-quality digital scans of images for faculty publications. For further information, please contact Julie Coy, Head of Metadata Services & Visual Resources Librarian.
- Open Educational Resources (OER): The Libraries offer grants, expertise and guidance at every stage of OER production, from application, to project design, through long-term preservation, and most everything in between.
- Open Access (OA): Numerous Open Access publication opportunities are available for books and journal articles, but navigating the options can be challenging. The Libraries can provide assistance in directing to and interpreting the differing types of OA models offered by both commercial and non-profit publishers.
- Article Processing Charges (APC)
- The Libraries maintain agreements with Cambridge University Press, the Company of Biologists, and the Institute of Physics (beginning in January 2023) that permit Haverford faculty to publish their journal articles as Open Access without incurring an APC.
- Creative Commons (CC) licenses are a useful and increasingly common tool for authors to make explicit permitted uses of one’s intellectual property. CC licenses are generally more permissive than uses granted under U.S. copyright law, and are often used to license freely-available (e.g., OA, OER) publications. The Libraries can help you interpret the various license options to find the best match for your scholarship.
- Predatory publishing
- Researchers writing in Nature defined the problem as "Predatory journals and publishers are entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practices." (11 Dec. 2019)
- Verifying the ethics of a journal or publisher through documentation about their editorial board and review process is a way to avoid problems. The Directory of Open Access Journals reviews and lists open access titles which adhere to best practices. They also maintain a list of journals that have been removed from the Directory and the reasons for that action.
- Copyright resource guide: The Libraries created this guide to provide guidance on using copyrighted material, making a fair use determination, understanding the public domain, interpreting licenses, and related topics. Several typical use cases are provided, though the list is far from exhaustive. Please be in touch with your subject librarian if you need additional assistance regarding copyright.
- Use of images: In order to use an image for publication, authors need to determine if it is copyrighted. Your subject librarian can help in identifying the rights holder of an image, suggesting ways to seek permission for use, and advising on commercial image providers. There are multiple sources of copyright-free images including Wikimedia Commons and Artstor's Images for Academic Publication. Additional sites like Flickr allow users to filter in terms of license. Some museums and libraries make images available, often according to usage. See the image banks listings from the College Art Association.
- Author rights and copyright transfer: When your manuscript is accepted for publication, it is typical for the publisher to present to you a copyright transfer agreement where you surrender your rights to the work in exchange for its publication. In today’s world of digital distribution, authors need not rely on publishers to perform this distribution service, though there are many tangible and intangible benefits of being published by a reputable press. When presented with a copyright transfer agreement, negotiate retention of copyright so you can share, reuse, and otherwise control your scholarship. Or better yet, publish your work as Open Access. SPARC provides helpful strategies for retaining author rights when working with publishers.
- Haverford Scholarship: Haverford Scholarship aggregates, preserves, and showcases the scholarly work of faculty. Publicly-available publications created by Haverford faculty members, such as OER, are maintained by the Libraries in this repository.
- Managing research data: The Libraries assist Haverford researchers with the creation of data management plans to satisfy NSF and NIH requirements, management and storage of data, and selection of data repositories.
- Faculty publication celebration: Annual catalogs of faculty production.
- Journal rankings: Journal quality is often identified as a combination of citation usage and influence. These websites cover journals in all subject areas:
- SJR (SCImago Journal & Country Rank) is a publicly available website that ranks over 34,000 journals from the Scopus database based on the number of citations and relative prestige of the journals. You can limit by region or country.
- Google Scholar Metrics provides broad journal rankings that can be filtered by language. Choose a subject category and a more specific subcategory for a list of 20 titles. Ranked based on citations gathered in Google Scholar. Access the cited articles from a journal through its h5-index number.
- Examples of discipline specific rankings include IDEAS/RePEc Simple Impact Factors for Journals and Devitt's Ranking for Top Philosophy Journals (2011-2015). Ask your subject librarian for further information.
- Altmetrics are alternative measures of scholarly impact based on online activity in social media, including use in bookmarking sites like Mendeley and Zotero and downloads of articles. Some journal publishers incorporate altmetric data for articles on their websites. Look for the Altmetric Donut or the Plum Print from Altmetric and Plum Analytics.
- Collections using altmetric rankings include:
- Usage of articles and authors: How have your publications been used by other researchers? Search these cited reference indexes to trace usage and interpretations across time:
- Web of Science: Choose Cited References, enter your last name and first initial plus the year or years your article or book was published. Check off your publications. The results page shows journal articles that cite your work.
- Google Scholar: Enter the title of your publication in quotes. Results citing your publication include books, journal articles and other documents on the web.
- WorldCat holdings
- Libraries report books and other materials (but not journal articles) they have cataloged in this database. See the link Libraries worldwide that own item to display all copies on that record. Note that many titles have multiple records, so that holdings information needs to be compiled.