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Thursday, June 10 • 11:45am - 12:45pm
Communicating Research: Finding the Right Venue, Avoiding Pitfalls, and Making Impact.

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Academic researchers are painfully aware of the impetus to “publish or perish,” but knowing how and where to publish may be more elusive. Impact Factors, citation counts, knowledge translation, open access, funder requirements, job applications, tenure and promotion deadlines – determining the best outlet for research in order to maximize impact involves a host of considerations.
Early career researchers or those researching in niche areas may not have obvious outlets accessible to them and may be uncertain how to share their outputs to best advantage. Researchers, and the librarians who support them, need a to maintain a high level of scholarly publishing literacy in order to identify and assess options. This is decidedly true in the age of open access publishing; while “predatory publishers” of the misspelled spam emails are generally easy to spot and avoid, established journals with poor, deceptive, or inconsistent peer-review and quality control practices can be far more challenging to spot. While supporting open access is important, researchers and librarians alike much be sophisticated in avoiding the pitfalls the open access model has inadvertently created. Checklists sometimes are simply not enough.
This session will consider how to guide researchers to make informed decisions about where and how they choose to share their work. This includes considering the purposes and ultimate audiences for research outputs, choosing an appropriate journal, navigating issues surrounding open access, understanding how to evaluate a potential journal’s legitimacy and quality, and upholding the integrity of the scholarly record.

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Melissa Rothfus

Scholarly Communications Librarian, Dalhousie University
Melissa Rothfus is the Scholarly Communications Librarian for Dalhousie Libraries, based in the Kellogg Health Sciences Library. She is also the liaison librarian for Nursing, Classics and Religious Studies. Her professional interests include research impact, professional identity... Read More →

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Victoria Volkanova

Scholarly Communications Librarian, Université de Moncton
Victoria Volkanova has been working at the Université de Moncton since 2005. She is currently in charge of Scholarly Communications, DLI and Research Data, as well as the Science Librarian. Victoria graduated from the Université de Montréal (MLIS'04) and McGill University (BA'99... Read More →

Thursday June 10, 2021 11:45am - 12:45pm ADT
Stream: Gravenstein