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Author's Corner: Publishing Resources

Writing, publishing and sharing resources for Fred Hutch authors.

Things to consider: Author Rights

When choosing where to publish, review the author agreeement or license forms, and consider the following:

  • Who retains article copyright?
  • What reuse rights are retained?
  • Can you republish the full-text or portions of your article?
  • Can you include the material as part of course materials?
  • What are your deposit rights?
  • Is the publisher NIH compliant?
  • Do they submit to PubMed Central?
  • Do they allow the author to submit to PubMed Central?
  • Can you post your article to an author website or institutional repository?
  • Are there any restrictions (article version, release embargo) to be met?

Use our author addendum to negotiate deposit rights.

Things to consider: Publishing model

One of the increasingly prominent considerations is the question of publishing model.  Learn more about the differences between open access and traditional publishing models.

  • Open access publishing: Under an OA publishing model, journal revenue results from author fees paid when submitting a manuscript.  Readers are not charged any access fees, and often times are allowed more lenient resuse rights.
  • Traditional publishing: Traditional, or subscription-based publishing operates in an opposite manner to OA.  Under the traditional model, revenue is generated through purchased subscriptions.  The barrier to access lies on the side of the reader

Things to consider: Journal Metrics and Ranking

Use journal evaluation services, like JCR, SCImago and SNIP to evaluate an individual journal's performance and impact or to review an entire subdiscipline's journals as a group.


Journal Citation Reports® (JCR®) provides a systematic, objective means to evaluate the world’s leading research journals. It offers a unique perspective for journal evaluation and comparison by accumulating and tabulating citation and article counts from virtually all specialties in the sciences, social sciences, and technology fields.
To help you compare journals and discover which are the most significant to you, Journal Citation Reports can show:
• Most frequently cited journals in a field
• Hottest journals in a field
• Highest impact journals in a field
• Most published articles in a field
• Subject category data for

Learn more about JCR at


The SCImago Journal & Country Rank is a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database (Elsevier B.V.). These indicators can be used to assess and analyze scientific domains.  Learn how to Use SCImago

SNIP Journal Search

A key indicator offered by CWTS Journal Indicators is the SNIP indicator, where SNIP stands for source normalized impact per paper. This indicator measures the average citation impact of the publications of a journal. Unlike the well-known journal impact factor, SNIP corrects for differences in citation practices between scientific fields, thereby allowing for more accurate between-field comparisons of citation impact. CWTS Journal Indicators also provides stability intervals that indicate the reliability of the SNIP value of a journal. More information on the indicators offered by CWTS Journal Indicators is available on the Methodology page.

Think - Check - Submit

Think. Check. Submit. is a campaign to help researchers identify trusted journals for their research. It is a simple checklist researchers can use to assess the credentials of a journal or publisher.  Learn more about the campaign and sponsors at 

Things to consider: Journal Indexing

Use Ulrichsweb to find out more about the journal, including where the publication is indexed. 

  • Perform a title search to find the journal
  • Click on the journal title to get more information
  • Click on the Online Availbility or Other Availability sections for information about where the journal is indexed and/or available online.

Publisher Resources

Preparing your paper for publication?  Several publishers have put together author resources covering the entire publication process from writing, submission, and navigating the peer-review process.


  • Publish Connect: A series of training webcasts produced by Elsevier on various aspects of the publishing process including Getting Started, Publishing Ethics, and Grant Writing



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