The figure above illustrates the general procedure of publishing a journal article. In reality, you may need to redo a step couple of times, e.g., peer-review and revision, before your paper finally gets accepted. To publish an article, it usually takes several months up to more than one year from manuscript submission to final publication.
To publish a journal article, the first step is to select an appropriate journal. It is a good practice to identify one journal you want to submit your manuscript to before you start writing. This is because you are more likely to get published when you write for a specific journal as compared to finish writing and then identify suitable journals for your paper.
Below lists some tips and library resources that could help you make the decision.
To evaluate a journal in a specific area, we usually use metrics such as Journal Impact Factor, SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper), SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) and CiteScore. To identify emerging topics in a research area, Essential Science Indicators (ESI) and SciVal are often used.
Some publishers also provide handy tools for picking up the best-fit journals automatically. By typing in your paper's title, abstract, or keywords, the tool will generate a list of best-fit journals for your manuscript. Note that most publishers' journal suggesters will only recommend their journals within their own portfolio.
EndNote is a reference management tool. Its online version also provides a function to help you find the most suited journal in Web of Science. Before using this function, you need to register an account for EndNote Web. After login, click on the "Match" tab and input a few pieces of your manuscript. The results allow you to check the Impact Factor of the matched journals and similar articles to your manuscript.
Many publishers provide helpful guides and tutorials for authors regarding how to get published. Below lists a few examples: (Most of them publish in multidisciplinary fields)
► Elsevier - Publishing with Elsevier: step by step
► IEEE - Publish with IEEE journals, conferences, etc. (mainly in electronic and electrical engineering field)
► Taylor & Francis - Author Services Supporting T&F Authors
► Wiley - Guideline for Journal Authors
► SAGE - How to Get Published (mainly in education, business and management field)
► Emerald - Author How To Guides (mainly in business and management field)
- from Taylor & Francis editor
ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a unique book identifier. It allows efficient and accurate identification of book titles, publishers, and places of publication. In Hong Kong, the Books Registration Office is responsible for all book registrations, including assignment of ISBNs to books. No application fee is required. Relevant forms can be downloaded here.
If you register your publication with the Books Registration Office, you will need to submit 5 copies of each title under the Books Registration Ordinance. This is what you need to do if you publish a book for yourself. Also, you will need to go to the Books Registration Office in Lai Chi Kok for identification (of documents) and form submission. However, if you ask a publisher to publish your title, they will handle all the necessary procedures for you. Visit the source link below for more details.