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Research support

Publishing your research

Library and Learning Services can provide support and guidance when publishing your research.

Where to publish

Library and Learning Services will never tell you where to publish your research, but we can offer advice and resources that may help when trying to find a publisher.

Think. Check. Submit.

Think. Check. Submit. aims to help researchers identify trusted journals and publishers. The questions, tools and resources support researchers when considering potential publishers. They may also help identify any predatory publishers, publishers who take advantage and exploit researchers and their work.

Think. Check. Submit.

Think. Check. Attend. offers similar tools to support researchers when trying to decide which conferences to attend and present at.

Think. Check. Attend. 

OAPEN Books Toolkit

Thinking of publishing an Open Access (OA) book? The OAPEN Books Toolkit aims to help academics and researchers understand OA for books and provide guidance on publishing a book OA.

OAPEN Books Toolkit

Research Metrics

Bibliometrics may help when choosing a publisher or journal. You could check a journal’s impact factor or use citation data to see what research is being published in a particular journal.

When using bibliometrics, researchers must consider them carefully and in context. Different bibliometric measures have limitations, and they are not always a measure of good quality. Different subjects and disciplines also value bibliometrics differently.

For further information about the metric resources available to YSJ researchers, see Measure your research impact.

Paying to publish

York St John University supports the principles of OA and where possible will follow the Green or Diamond OA route. Researchers are asked to follow Green or Diamond OA routes to publication; however, this is not always appropriate.

Library and Learning Services has some Read and Publish and offsetting agreements with publishers. These agreements provide free or discounted APCs (article processing charges). These agreements are subject to change, contact your Academic Liaison Librarian or RaY for more information.

If APC funding is required, researchers should check with their relevant School about the availability of funding or ensure any research project funding will cover the costs of an APC payment. APCs should only be considered if Green or Diamond OA routes or Read and Publish arrangements are not available or appropriate.

When considering APCs check that fees are clearly explained, that the information is easy to find on publisher websites and that there are no additional or hidden costs. A lack of information could indicate a predatory publisher.

York St John University Open Access Policy

Publishing contracts

Once your research has been accepted by a publisher, you should receive a publishing contract. Make sure you read any contracts carefully and check that you understand all the terms. Publishing contracts can be negotiated, and you don’t need to sign the first contract you’re given.

There are certain things you should consider when reading and negotiating your contract. These can differ depending on what you are publishing:

  • Publishing deadlines – Will the deadlines conflict with any other projects or teaching?
  • Costs and payment – Are royalty payments clearly outlined? Who will pay for any copyright permissions? What will the cost/licensing options be for HE Institutions?
  • Format – Will the text be available in print and electronically? Will an affordable library e-book model be available and on which platform(s)? Will an accessible version of the text be available?
  • Open Access – Does the publisher support OA? Will the publisher allow a chapter to be made open on RaY?
  • Reuse – Will you be able to use the research in your teaching? Will you be able to build upon and use that research again in the future?
  • Plan S and Right Retention – Have you received any research funding? Do you need to consider Plans S? Is the journal Plan S compliant? Do you need to consider the Right Retention Strategy?  

Academic eBook Investigation/#eBookSOS has produced guidance for academics on negotiating contracts with publishers Can my students read my books? Guidance for academics on negotiating contracts with publishers

If you would like any advice related to publishing contracts, contact our Copyright and Licences Officer by emailing

Transferring copyright ownership

Some publishers may ask that your transfer your copyright ownership to them when signing a publishing contract. Where possible, we would recommend that you retain your copyright and instead sign a licence to publish, which grants the publisher the right to publish your research. If you transfer copyright ownership to your publisher, you may need to get permission from the publisher to use the research in your teaching or to build upon the research in the future. Retaining copyright ownership is also one of the Plan S principles.

For further information, see Copyright for researchers.

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