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Navigating the Publishing Environment Guide

Author Responsibilities

Choosing Journals:

As an author, you have the responsibility to find relevant journals for your article. There are several resources available: 

Visit the tabs above to learn about additional content for author responsibilities.

JANE: Journal/Author Name Estimator:

Welcome to Jane:

Have you recently written a paper, but you're not sure to which journal you should submit it? Or maybe you want to find relevant articles to cite in your paper? Or are you an editor, and do you need to find reviewers for a particular paper? Jane can help!

JANE Frequently Asked Questions



Click on the image to search DOAJ and see what open access journals are relevant to your article topic.

About DOAJ:

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) was launched in 2003 with 300 open access journals. Today, this independent index contains almost 17 500 peer-reviewed, open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities. Open access journals from all countries and in all languages are accepted for indexing.


Finding Journals: SHERPA/ROMEO

As an author, you need to know journal's default policies on copyright and what versions of an article you can self-archive. Use SHERPA/ROMEO to find out a journal's default policies are concerning copyright, self-archiving, and open access.


Go to SHERPA/ROMEO and search by a journal title in your field to see what the default policies are for that journal.

Defining the Role of the Author:

It is very important to understand exactly who is an author and what responsibilities come with authorship. The ICMJE stands for the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and they've issued guidelines on who qualifies as an author.

Author Responsibilities and Rights

Author Fees

As an author, it is important to understand potential fees you may be responsible for when submitting article to journals, particularly to Open Access Journals that charge an Article Processing Fee.

There are several resources to explore that make transparent the Article Processing Fees:

Remember, there are many resources to off-set the cost of Article Processing Fees. Go back to the Slide: Publishing Models: Open Access Myths.


As an author, it is important to claim ownership of your publications.

When searching for publications by a particular author, it can be difficult to determine ownership, particularly when authors have common last names or publish under a variety of name and initial combinations. For example:

  • Smith, John
  • Smith, J
  • Smith, J.T.
  • Smith, John T.
  • Smith, John Tyler

One way to make it clear which publications belong to you is to sign up for an ORCID.

ORCID provides a free digital identifier that distinguishes you and your work from others.

Writing Resources:

Once you have found a relevant journal to submit your article to using the resources listed in the previous slides, you need to make sure you are aware of the journal's editorial requirements and also know how to create a quality abstract and reference list.

Below are some links that might be helpful: