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Science, Agriculture and Engineering Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme: Workshop 3: Unlocking (1) Pre-publication

Materials to support the SAgE Postgraduate Researcher Development Library workshop Programme

Workshop overview

How do you get your first article published? Which route should you choose? What do people mean by Open Access? Why do authors need to think about copyright?  This workshop will:

explore traditional and new routes to publishing and discuss some of the issues involved

explain what is meant by Open Access publishing and show how you can use OA tools to publish your research

Activity: Are you an informed researcher?


Turn to P4 in the Informed Researcher booklet (you can download the booklet from here if you didn't pick up a copy) and rate yourself on the quiz.

Pick out three behaviours which you want to develop and  make a note of them. The Informed Researcher booklet will give you ideas on how to develop these attributes.

Activity: create your profile using social networking tools

There are several online communities which you can join to help you to start networking with professionals around the world. Join some of the networks listed below and explore some of the discussion groups within them

To help ensure your publications are linked to your name and profile, register for a ResearcherID

  To start making connections with other researchers set up a profile on Academia/edu 

  ResearchGate is another useful platform used by lots of Newcastle researchers. Set up a profile and see if you can find some Newcastle researchers to follow. Just click on this link: ResearchGate

LinkedIn is a useful platform for professional discussions too LinkedIn

Activity: Find Journal Impact Factors using the Journal Citation Reports



to open the Journal Citation Reports Database

Click on Select a Database and choose the Journal Citation Reports

Leave the defaults as Science edition and View a group of journals by subject category and click Submit

Select a subject category and choose to View Journal Data by Impact factor (use the drop down arrow)


More information about Impact

If you'd like more detailed information on Research Impact, see our Research Impact Guide.


Unlocking your research. Prepublication - where to publish for maximum impact.

What is Open Access?

Open Access publishing provides online access to scholarly research which is:

  • Free - the end user does not have to pay any subscriptions or fees to read the full text
  • Unrestricted - the reuse permissions allow the author and the end user to make full and free use of the material: they can view, download, print, copy, share, and create derivative works from the material, as long as they credit the original author

Use the Library's Open Access webpages to:

  • Help you to decide if you need or want to make your research publications open access
  • Show you the different routes you can choose to make your work open access
  • Check your funders' requirements; many funding bodies now mandate OA publishing under specific conditions

Contact for help and advice at any time.

Activity: Finding Open Access Journals

Explore the Directory of Open Access Journals to see if you can identify journals in which you might publish. Browse by subject area or search by keyword.

If you would like to find out more about Open Access publishing, click on Open Access info in the left-hand menu and explore the links.

Activity: Check publishers' Open Access policies

Go to the Sherpa/Romeo website to find out what the publisher of your favourite journal will allow authors to do with their manuscripts.

An example: Search for the journal "Science".

Note options for pre and post refereed manuscripts and publisher's PDF.

Activity: Find ePrints from Newcastle authors

Many articles written by Newcastle authors can be found in the Newcastle ePrints repository.

Browse the repository to find articles by researchers in your School.

If you would like to see an example of a full-text record, try searching for the author Margaret Carol Bell.