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An academic journal is where scientists publish their research. For example, you may read an article published in a science journal. Only peer-reviewed scientific journals can accept articles for publication.
In order to be accepted for publication, your paper must have been tested and found valid by at least two other experts before it is published. Publication gives researchers something new to talk about and is a key part of the publishing process.
There are hundreds of general science journals that members of the public can access online. These include scholarly publications such as Journal of Theoretical Biology and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Scholarly journals are usually expensive. However, there are some free journals too, like Isis Online Public Library.
Undergraduate students and young scholars can sometimes get papers that were rejected by professional journals published directly by universities or academies.
Some publishers of scientific journals produce online versions they call electronic supplements. Peer review is not performed, so these papers cannot appear in official print journals.
While there are lots of resources for scientists to present their findings at professional conferences, most universities offer few seminars or workshops on how to publish papers.
If you know about an upcoming scientific conference being held during your fieldwork, attend it! You will learn about new research methods and strategies, meet other researchers, and have the opportunity to network with them.
By doing so, you can also get some guidance as to what’s important (and what isn’t) when publishing a paper.
Additionally, presentations provide an introduction to what you do and help others in the field understand why you’re relevant.
Finally, attending meetings helps you gain confidence in talking to potential publishers, because you already know where you stand within your community.
You can publish scientific papers in organizations that charge authors to be members, like ResearchGate or PubMed (an international database of all medical publications). But there are often fees for adding articles to your profile.
Many universities have peer-reviewed publication systems within their journals. If you write an article and want to disseminate it, submit a request form page 3 about “Journal Requirements” and under what section you wish to submit your article.
This is the most common place to publish your paper. Most university libraries have online submission platforms, and some of these include peer review. You can submit up to three versions of your work in one month
You must use an in-house template without any alteration. Reviewers will give you feedback on how to improve your manuscript, including comments that you may not have considered previously.
Once you’ve submitted your work, there are several places people can find it. Find out who has published their work before for other journals.
Table of contents
Although you may not think that your work belongs in an article, most scientific journals expect there to be some kind of table of contents after the title page. This is where each chapter or section of the paper begins.
The table of contents should have a heading with a unique identifier like “ table of contents.” Identify all subheads from the article using reverse numbering, e.g., Chapter 1 Section 2.5. Each subsection will then begin with “ table of contents” followed by its unique label. Labels are what will differentiate the subsections from one another.
Put any other information needed for the reader to find the content they need within this section, such as page numbers (see below). Note that conventionally, tables of contents only provide page numbers if the journal uses pagination.