By sharing your findings with the scientific community, you will catch attention and sharpen your research profile. The more your papers are cited, the better.

General information

ORCID: What is it and what do I need it for?

ORCID ("Open Researcher and Contributor ID") is a distinct and alphanumerical identifier for scientific authors. It allows matching a person and a paper flawlessly: spelling variants, name changes and people with the same name do not matter anymore.

The non-profit organisation "Open Researcher Contributor Identification Initiative" wants to make the 16-digit ORCID the de-facto standard of author identification in scientific publishing. And there are already numerous publishers that require stating your ORCID when submitting your paper, e. g. Wiley and IEEE.

You can get your ORCID free and online, and you can create a author profile with all publications up to now.


How do I find the correct journal for my paper?

There are several rankings, in which the impact factor (IF) or journal impact factor (JIF) is calculated.

The impact factor indicates how often articles in a given journal are being cited, and thus tries to show its relevancy. There is a lot of criticism, but you should still try to find out about the impact factors of the journals in your field. You can look into that in Web of Science.

When you have identified a few interesting journals, you should look at full texts. By doing this you will find out about the exact scope of the journal and about the required scientific level. Electronic full texts of journals at HNU are available in the Electronic Journals Library (EZB).

Many journals publish open access, i. e. their publications are freely available. You can find out more on this topic on our open access subpage.

How do I contact a journal?

There will always be author guidelines on the website. They will tell you about content (scope, methods), layout (formatting, sending format) and assessment procedure of the article you are trying to submit.

Should I become a reviewer? What are the benefits?

Peer-reviewed journals will always look for reviewers.

  • What do I need to do as a reviewer?
    You need to check whether the submitted article fits the scope of your journal, whether the research question is stated clearly and an appropriate method has been chosen to answer it properly. Additionally, you need to assess whether the findings are reproducible, original and new. 
  • What are the benefits?
    You will not receive any payment because peer review is part of the self-regulation of the scientific community. But some publishers will grant free access to their publishing archive.
What is the difference between Journal Impact Factor and SCImago Journal Rank?

The Journal Impact Factor (IF oder JIF) can be found in Web of Science:

  • For 2018, the IF can be calculated as follows: number of citations for articles published in 2017 and 2016, divided by the number of articles published in 2017 and 2016.
  • However, the numerator (top of the fraction) will contain citations of all articles, while the denominator (bottom of the fraction) will only consider certain types of articles.
  • An IF of 1,9 means that every article in 2017 and 2016 has been cited 1,9 times on average. But citations will not be distributed homogeneously: some articles will be cited a lot, others will not be cited at all. So the IF cannot determine the citations of an individual article.

The SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) is based on Scopus; its indicators are open access.

  • SJR looks at the past 3 years instead of the past 2 years.
  • Additionally, the prestige of the citing journal is part of the calculation.

Please consider: Both indicators require a publication history of two or three years. Thus new journals, especially open access journals, cannot have an IF or a SJR.


How do I find the correct publisher for my book?

There are rankings for journals, but there is no ranking for book publishers.

Please read the author guidelines in the website and make sure that the publisher is a scientific publisher: a publisher should always check and correct your manuscript before publishing it.

Beware of:

  • book-on-demand publishers, which will publish anything without correcting it
  • vanity publishers that require a fee for publishing your manuscript.

When in doubt, look for testimonials online.


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