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Dissemination & Impact: Dissemination & Impact

Dissemination & Impact

Choosing where to publish

Different publishing outlets perform different functions.  

For example, journal papers have an ISSN, making them more discoverable and they generally attract more citations. However, delivering a paper at a conference can provide you with feedback on your research and has networking benefits.

Which journal should I publish in?

Check out the authority of the journal.  Some journals may be predatory and may not bona fide journals or publishers.  The Think, Check, Submit website provides a checklist and can ensure you are submitting to an authoritative journal that will reach the right audience.

How can I find a list of journals for my subject area?

Some subject areas may have a specific list of recommended journals, such as the Chartered Association of Business Schools Academic Journal Guide

For others, you can check journal rankings, such as SCImago Journal Rankings, SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper) rankings, Eigenfctor etc.  These rankings extract citation data from the databases such as Scopus and rank journals according to their citation impact.  These rankings should be used with caution but can outline journals that attract a high number of citations. The Responsible Bibliometrics toolkit provides more information on citation ranking and how to use this type of data in a responsible and fair way. 

ORCID author identifier

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every  other researcher. Most publishers will ask you to provide your ORCID identifier when publishing your work. The ORCID webpage provides more information and an online registration form.

Self-publishing - obtaining an ISBN

The library can provide ISBN and DOI (Digital Object Identifiers) numbers for university publications.

DOIs are unique numbers assigned to some journal articles and conference papers, to create a URL directing straight to the article or conference paper.

If you want to self-publish externally to the University, then you need to obtain your own ISBNs. The ISBN Agency handles new applications.

Note that some types of publication are not eligible for an ISBN.

For more information contact Alan Cope (ext. 6391).

Academic writing support

Writing Communities

The Writing Group and Writing Circle offer writing support and the opportunity for you to share ideas and challenges with your peers.

Writing resources

The Academic Phrasebank, created by the University of Manchester is a general resource for academic writers, providing examples of some of the phraseological ‘nuts and bolts’ of writing organised according to the main sections of a research paper or dissertation, and more general communicative functions of academic writing.

Open Access publishing

Open access means making research publications freely available so anyone can benefit from reading and using research. It is one element of a broader movement, known as Open Research (or Open Science), which  encourages openness at all stages of the research lifecycle.

Information about how to publish your work in an open access format, along with funder and REF requirements is available from the Open Access online guide.

You can archive your publications in DORA, DMU's Open Repository Archive.

Promoting your research


There are many ways that you can share your research within and outside of academia



  • Make your research open access
  • Share using Social media and professional networking services
  • Share using Researcher-specific social networking services
  • Share your data
  • Create a Google Scholar citations profile
  • Blog about your work
  • Use citation sharing tools 
  • Share using multimedia sharing networks
  • Make the most of your email signature
  • Network with other researchers
  • Talk to DMU Marketing and Communications

The following PDF document provides more information about these tools and services

Understanding who owns your copyright

The Open Access licences guide provides advice on protecting your copyright as an author of an academic publication, and information on creative commons licences when making your work openly available.