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Publish and Disseminate Research

Choose a book publisher

  • To be eligible for ERA books must be published by a commercial publisher or have undergone an independent peer-review prior to publication.  A commercial publisher is one for which the core business is producing books and distributing them for sale. See the ERA website for further information.
  • Print-on-demand, vanity press and companies that specialise primarily in the publication of theses are not considered commercial publishers. These publishers:
    • Exert little or no editorial control or peer-review process.
    • May refer to themselves as Joint Venture Publishers or Partnership Publishers.
    • Sometimes charge authors a fee for publishing their work.
    • Examples include VDM Publishing House and LAP Lambert Academic Press.
  • Following the publishers instructions to authors on the type of material they accept will increase the likelihood that your manuscript wil be accepted. Most publishers will provide detailed information on the their requirements and processes.

Select a journal

There are many factors to consider when determining the most appropriate journals in which to publish your research.

  • Discipline relevance and reaching the desired target audience.
  • Journal quality or impact, often determined through use of metrics.
  • Prestige of the editorial team, contributors and journal circulation.
  • Open access policy, particularly if output is from a nationally or internationally competitively funded project (e.g. ARC, NHMRC, NIH)

Following the publisher's instructions to authors on the type of material they accept will increase the likelihood that your manuscript will be accepted. Many publishers will provide detailed information on their requirements and processes.

Some useful resources for selecting the best journal: