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Publishing Your Article

For the biomedical researcher: Where to publish and other things to consider when publishing your work.

Managing Your Rights As An Author

The Library offers faculty and student authors Dartmouth's publishing amendment, which helps authors retain more rights to their own material.

More information on authors rights management

Download the Dartmouth Publication Agreement Amendment

NIH Requirements

The National Institutes of Health requires that all investigators funded by NIH submit the final, peer-reviewed manuscript of any article accepted for publication to the National Library of Medicine’s full-text archive, PubMed Central, so that it is made freely and publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication.

Instructions for Authors

Who Publishes on My Topic? Where to Publish?

Web of Knowledge's Analyze Results tool can help you find which journals are publishing on your topic. 

Search Web of Science or MEDLINE on your topic, then click on Analyze Results at the top right of the results list.  At the next screen, select Source Title and the number of titles you want to see.  The journals with the most citations matching your topic will then display.

JANE: Journal / Author Name Estimator

Have you recently written a paper, but you're not sure to which journal you should submit it? Or maybe you want to find relevant articles to cite in your paper? Or are you an editor, and do you need to find reviewers for a particular paper? Jane can help!

Just enter the title and/or abstract of the paper in the box, and click on 'Find journals', 'Find authors' or 'Find Articles'. Jane will then compare your document to millions of documents in Medline to find the best matching journals, authors or articles.


JournalGuide is a free tool that helps researchers to evaluate scholarly journals. In addition to searching by journal name, category or publisher, authors can use the title and abstract of a paper to discover journals that have already published articles on similar topics. By matching journals to a paper’s content, researchers can see which journals would be most likely to have interest in their story.

Beall's List of Predatory Journals

Changes in the publishing landscape have brought about the emergence of new publishing business models and many new outlets for scholarly publications. Many are legitimate, but some have been labeled as "predatory" and may be more interested in making money than in contributing to scholarship. Jeffrey Beall developed a list of questionable, or “predatory,” scholarly open-access publishers, but withdrew the list in January 2017. The link above is to the Internet Archive capture of the site (01/11/17).

Ulrich's Periodicals Directory:  may be used to find information about a particular journal (is it refereed? who is the publisher?) as well as to identify journals that publish in specific subject areas.

Where to Publish: Journal Impact Factors

Several instruments have been developed to statistically assess the quality of journals by their impact.

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) provide data that helps you evaluate and compare scholarly journals in the sciences and social sciences based on citations in indexed articles to other articles in a particular journal. The journal impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a particular year. The impact factor will help you evaluate a journal's relative importance, especially when you compare it to others in the same field.

Created as a competitor to JCR's Impact Factors, the Eigenfactor™ Score is a measure of the overall value provided by all of the articles published in a given journal in a year.  The Article Influence™ Score is a measure of a journal's prestige based on per article citations.  The site also evaluates the cost effectiveness of journals.

SCImago Journal Rank
The SJR is another competitor to JCR's Impact Factors, created from the Scopus database.  It expresses the average number of weighted citations received in the selected year by the documents published in the selected journal in the three previous years.

Understanding the Limitations of the Journal Impact Factor
An article explaining impact factors.  Kurmis, Andrew P., Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American volume 2003, 85-A(12): 2449-2454.

Open Access

Authors who are interested in disseminating their work to the widest possible audience may wish to publish in scholarly open access journals, which are defined as scholarly journals that do not charge any fees to readers or to institutions in exchange for access to peer-reviewed articles or other “premium” content.

To find Open Access Journals, explore the Directory of Open Access Journals by title or by subject area.

Two prominent open access publishers in the health and life sciences are the Public Library of Science and BioMed Central.

Open Access Publication Funding

Dartmouth provides financial support for Dartmouth authors publishing in scholarly journals committed to fully open access. 

More information on the Dartmouth Open Access Fund.

Form to request funding to pay publication fees in open access journals