Publication process

Fundamentals of publishing

You are probably familiar with the saying “publish or perish”. To ensure your publishing career thrives, we recommend investing a little time in understanding how the process works.

In these fundamentals of publishing modules, we cover the basics. You will learn about the publishing cycle and we introduce you to some of the key players and their roles. We zoom in to examine the origins of Publishers and walk you through their services. And, we offer some sound advice on weighing up the value and accuracy of the research you read. Last, but definitely not least, we turn our thoughts to the problem of unconscious bias in the publishing process.

What you will find
  • An introduction to publishing and the key players
  • Key points to consider when evaluating research
  • A frank discussion on unconscious bias

Research metrics

Metrics have become a fact of life in many - if not all - fields of research and scholarship. It is not only used to evaluate the quality of a journal, but it can also be used to determine the quality of your research and the impact you are making in your field.

In this series of modules, we walk you through some of the key players in metrics.

We explain the importance of each metric, where you can find them and most importantly how to use them responsibly.

What you will find
  • An introduction to an array of research metrics 
  • Insights into why they are important 
  • Top tips on how to use them responsibly 



Finding the right journal

If you want to get your paper published, one of the key challenges you face is finding the right journal for your research. From the aims and scope, to the journal’s values and ethical practice, there are many points to take into account. 

You will want to consider the impact of the journal and there are various metrics available to help you do that. In this series of modules, we explore all these important decision factors in detail. We hear from experts who have practical tips to help you make the right choice. And, we share a useful checklist you can use when evaluating the many journals available.

What you will find
  • Tips for assessing a journal’s aims and scope
  • Advice on judging a journal’s ethics
  • A useful guide to journal and article metrics


Breaking the publishing ethics rules can badly damage your reputation as a researcher, and even spell the end of your career. In this module series, we provide you with the support and advice you need to ensure your manuscript and actions are ethically sound.

We explore why it is crucial to observe the existing guidelines and the consequences when you fail to meet those obligations. We then look at some of the rules around authorship and plagiarism in a little more detail. And, we explain your rights as an author, and how you go about obtaining permission to use content from copyrighted publications.

What you will find
  • An explanation of publishing ethics
  • Insight into the rules you should observe
  • Information about content ownership and permissions

Open science

Open science is the new buzzword but what does it actually mean? And what about open access? Where does that fit into the story? In these modules, we cover the topics in detail. We look at the many definitions of open science and how you can use it in your own research and publishing career. We also explore open access and whether there are any specific points to consider when choosing to go down that publishing path.

What you will find
  • What is open science
  • New insight into how you can benefit from it
  • Points to consider when publishing open access
What you will find

Publishing in the Chemical Sciences

The publication process isn’t easy, whatever your discipline. In this series of modules we turn the spotlight on getting published in the Chemical Sciences. You will hear from several experts in the field who talk openly about their own experiences. 

You will learn the ingredients required to create a strong manuscript, including article structure, writing style, and language. The area of publication ethics is explored in detail, so you know where the pitfalls and danger points lie. Additionally, there are lively discussions on the topic of peer review in the Chemical Sciences, with tips on what makes a good review and what to consider before accepting a review request.

What you will find
  • How to prepare your manuscript
  • The publishing ethics involved
  • Guidance on peer review