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Publishing your Research

This guide contains information about choosing a journal, predatory publishing, author rights, and research impact.

Scholarly Publishing Glossary

This is a list of commonly used terms in scholarly publishing.

Open Access - "a broad international movement that seeks to grant free and open online access to academic information, such as publications and data. A publication is defined 'open access' when there are no financial, legal or technical barriers to accessing it -that is to say when anyone can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search for and search within the information, or use it in education or in any other way within the legal agreements".

Embargo - a time period (usually 6-24 months) before the article is made available Open Access. During this period, individuals wanting to read the article must either have a subscription to the journal or pay to access the article.

Institutional repository - an archive that collects, preserves, and shares the "intellectual output of an institution. This is often where authors share their Open Access pre-prints or post-prints. TRU's institutional repository is TRUSpace.

Pre-print - a version of an article that has yet to be peer-reviewed or formatted. This is sometimes referred to as the submitted version of the article. Sometimes, an author is permitted to share only the pre-print Open Access.

Post-print - a version of an article that has gone through peer-review, but not the journal's formatting. This is sometimes referred to as the accepted version of the article.

Article (or author) processing charge - a fee that authors sometimes must pay to publish their article openly. This ensures the publisher makes a profit while not charging readers of the journal.

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