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Links to services you may find useful when thinking about where to publish, how to comply with policies and support for research skills are provided here.


‘Predatory’ journals commonly send phishing emails offering open access publication in exchange for payment of article publishing charges, but lack robust editorial services, academic rigor or credibility. Here are some useful ways to check for ‘predatory’ journals:

  • The Directory of Open Access Journals indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. Journals must meet strict criteria to qualify for an entry in the directory.
  • Think. Check. Submit. helps you to choose trusted journals by offering a simple checklist that you can use to assess the credentials of a journal or publisher.

SHERPA based at the Centre for Research Communications at the University of Nottingham provide the following useful services.

  • SHERPA/RoMEO provides information on journals' and publishers' open access policies.
  • SHERPA/JULIET provides information on research funder’s open access policies.
  • SHERPA/FACT is a tool for checking whether publishers' policies comply with research funders' open access requirements.
  • And ~currently in beta release~ SHERPA/REF is a new service to help authors and universities comply with open access policy for the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework.

  • The Open Access Button is a browser bookmarklet that helps you to find free access to scientific and scholarly research. It was re-launched in October 2014.
  • The Versions Toolkit from the London School of Economics addresses the issues relating to versions of academic papers in digital repositories.

The Information Literacy Skills for Researchers module is part of the RDF - Researcher Development Framework series of modules and workshops. It has been designed to give postgraduate and early career researchers a practical overview of effective information literacy skills practices essential to the research process. The aim is to encourage researchers to embed best practice within their work from the earliest opportunity.

Topics covered include: Keeping up to date with the latest research in your subject area, developing your search techniques, planning and carrying out a literature search, accessing full text content, planning and carrying out a literature review, evaluating information and managing information.

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