Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Publishing: Top tips

This guide is designed to assist you with publishing academic research, including finding the right journal, journal impact factors, ERA, open access, publisher and data requirements, questions around copyright and tips from the experts.

Top tips for publishing

Star icon Determine your target audience
Star icon Ask colleagues and supervisors for recommendations based on their discipline expertise and experience
Star icon Determine where the well-known scholars in the field are publishing
Star icon Check the aims, objectives and scope of a journal, and follow the instructions to authors
Star icon Consistently publish using the same version of your name and sign up for a unique author identifier via ORCiD at UniSA so your research is easier to locate and follow
Star icon While at UniSA, list your affiliation as University of South Australia in full. You can also include the name of your Unit/Centre/Institute. See the Author affiliations on research outputs guidelines Research Quick Guide for more information and examples.
Star icon Critically evaluate potential impact, reputation and reach before you submit your work
Star icon Use informal networks such as conferences and Twitter to make contacts (e.g. editors, co-authors) and keep up-to-date with developments and trends
Star icon Co-author with a recognised researcher to develop a publishing track record in your field (discuss with your supervisor if undertaking a research degree)
Star icon Cite the journals you want to publish in
Star icon Familiarise yourself with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, associated Authorship guide and University policies (see Academic Policies - RES)

Special disciplinary requirements

Public Domain image. Source: medicine and health sciences, there are some requirements that need to be followed for particular journals or publication formats. These include:

In Psychology there are some requirements that need to be followed for particular journals or publication formats. These include:

UniSA researchers share their tips

Recordings from the 2021 seminar Publishing your research and what editors want held Thursday 8 July in the Bradley Forum, City West Campus

Keynote presentation by Tamara D'Mello, Journal Publishing Manager, Wiley
(Access via UniSA login)

Navigate to Professor Emily Hilder giving tips for Publishing

Professor Emily Hilder covers top tips for publishing from an Editor's perspective.

Recording from the 'Publishing with impact' workshop held in  2019.

[The art of writing, in The analytical scientist, Paul Haddad, Emily Hilder, Frantisek Svec, 08/13/2018]

Recording from 'Publishing with impact: where and how' workshops

Dr Elissa Pearson is a lecturer in psychology with a research focus in the emerging field of conservation psychology. In this presentation she shares her insights on publishing from the perspective of an early career researcher.

Recording from 2018

Dr Jill Dorrian speaks about the factors that influence her publishing choices and some of her most impactful works. Jill's expertise is in sleep research and she collaborates extensively with both other disciplines and industry. She has published extensively - primarily journal articles, but also other output types such as books and reports.

Recording from 2014


Assoc. Prof. Armando Corsi shares hints and tips on writing papers and articles, submitting for publication, and navigating your way through the highs and lows of getting published (42 mins.)

Dr Corsi has authored more than 50 refereed journal and trade articles on food and wine marketing and is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Market Research, the Wine and Viticulture Journal, and Economia e Diritto Agroalimentare.

Recording from 2018

Dr. Drew Evans is an Associate Professor of Energy and Advanced Manufacturing (Future Industries Institute) at the University of South Australia, with expertise in thin film coatings for commercial applications. 

Dr Evans has 67 documents indexed in the Scopus database, which have been cited by 1,454 documents.  Forty-nine publications are available Open Access through the UniSA Research Outputs Repository


Click on the image above to start the video

This 30 minute video features footage of Dr Rick Fabretto (Future Industries Institute -  Research Fellow) presenting at a Publishing with Impact RESA workshop, and also includes interview segments and information about Library support. Rick’s tips and useful insights will assist any aspiring author, but particularly Early Career Researchers and research students. Please provide any feedback about the video to Ask the Library

Recording from 2017

More from the experts

Developed by the American Chemical Society, Publishing Your Research 101 is an educational video series designed to assist authors and reviewers with the process of writing, submitting, editing and reviewing. 

Included in the series is an interview with Professor George Whitesides from Harvard University, author of over 1100 published articles.  Professor Whitesides offers valuable tips and information on effective writing and publishing.