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Research Support: Publishing and Open Access

Library support and related information for staff and students undertaking research at the University of Strathclyde


When choosing how to publish the findings of your research, you should consider all options available to you such as:

  • Open Access options, including Strathprints
       - Would an Open Access journal also suit your paper?
  • Peer-reviewed journals
       - Consider how to find the best journal for your subject area. Try consulting Ulrich’s periodicals directory (available in the library), searching in Elsevier's Journal Finder, or browsing through the contents of journals using JournalTOCs. Other research and academic staff within your Department may also have useful advice for relevant titles to publish in.
       - Check the prestige of any journal you are interested in publishing in by using a variety of Journal Metrics, and look at the journals scope, audience, and submission processes to help evaluate its relevance and prestige.
  • Conferences
       - As well as providing a valuable networking opportunity, conferences can also give you a platform to demonstrate the findings of your research prior to publication - either to help you garner interest in getting the work published or to expose findings prior to full publication.
       - There are a number of online directories of conferences to help you find events in your subject area such as WikiCFP, and Conal Conference Alerts
  • Books
       - Publishing in a book allows you greater scope to explore your research findings in great depth, and also gives you the freedom to choose collaborating authors.
       - Try sending your book proposal to a number of publishers, and always state what makes your book unique and exciting.

Open Access

Open Access is the name given to making the findings of academic research free at the point of access - that means you don't need to pay for a book or subscribe to a journal to be able to read the content.

The library supports Open Access via the Strathprints institutional repository, and there is more detailed information on the Open Access page of the library's website.

University ISBN service

If you wish to publish under the official University of Strathclyde Publishing imprint you will need to obtain an ISBN.

Further details are available on the ISBN Service webpage.


You should get permission from the copyright holder if you want to copy a work. There are, however, certain acts such as Fair Dealing for non-commercial research or private study or criticism or review which are permitted under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. The University of Strathclyde has also purchased a number of licences which may allow you to do more copying without obtaining permission.

Copyright -  The Information, Governance and Compliance pages include a section on copyright licences and copyright clearance at Strathclyde.

Copyright & your thesis -. Looks at copyright issues within your thesis and intellectual property rights of your thesis once it has been completed.


Think. Check. Submit.

This campaign provides simple and useful information for assessing journals prior to submitting work for publication.

For more information, check their website.