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Guide to Library Resources and Services for Doctors (Medical and Surgical): Publishing

This guide aims to provide information about the resources and services we provide which are particularly relevant for Doctors in all specialties

Selecting a Journal

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Tools, such as JANE (Journal Author Name Estimator), can help you to identify relevant journals.

There are many considerations when selecting a journal within which to publish your research, including:

  • Scope of the journal
  • Types of articles the journal will accept
  • Readership of the journal
  • Open access options
  • Costs/fees (including Article Processing Costs levied by some Gold Open Access journals to offset their publishing costs)
  • Retention of copyright
  • Indexing of the journal in core databases, such as Medline
  • Metrics, such as Impact Factor

We recommend that you carefully read the author instruction sections of your preferred journals, so that you fully understand all potential cost and copyright implications.

"Predatory" Publishers

An unfortunate trend in recent years is the growth of exploitative or deceptive publishers and conferences.

It is strongly recommended that authors verify the credentials of publishers using a tool such as Think Check Submit Checklist.

Open Access Publishing

Open Access

Open Access is an academic publishing model which makes research freely available to read, avoiding subscriptions or paywalls.

We have created a dedicated LibGuide on the topic of Open Access Research Publishing.


The EQUATOR Network contains a comprehensive searchable database of reporting guidelines for many different study types, including Randomised trials, Observational studies, Systematic Reviews and Case Reports.

It also features a variety of Toolkits, including: How to write a great research paper using reporting guidelines.


Authorship considerations

When publishing your work it is vital to discuss and agree the team members who will be listed as authors. 

Guidance is available from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) on Defining the Roles of Authors and Contributors.

Further commentary is available from the LSE Impact Blog on this topic: First among equals? Recommendations and guidelines for deciding who gets authorship credit.


Set up an ORCID iD

Authors can set up an ORCID iD which is a unique, persistent identifier and is free set up. The ORCID iD forms a persistent digital identifier that you own and control, and that distinguishes you from every other author.

You can connect your ORCID iD with your professional information — affiliations, grants, publications, peer review, and more. Using an ORCID iD ensures you receive appropriate recognition for all of your scholarly output.

Open Access

Improve your Academic Writing

A variety of tools are available to support authors to improve their writing and increase their chances of having their publication accepted, including:

Reference Management Systems

Reference management systems are software packages designed to take much of the hard work out of compiling and formatting references and bibliographies. Using a reference management system allows you to:

  • Gather and store your references in a single location
  • Format them according to different citation style
  • Compile bibliographies and reference lists
  • Insert references directly into your research

Use our dedicated References and Citations LibGuide to learn more about referencing styles and tools available to you.


Rayyan is a free, web-based tool that is highly recommended for screening at both the title/abstract and full-text level. Keep in mind:

  • It offers a blinding option when shared with other reviewers. 
  • The deduplication feature is still under development, so first remove duplicates using other software (eg Endnote) before importing results. 
  • Once the title/abstract screening is complete, you will need to copy your included abstracts into a new review, where you will upload PDFs of the full text for the next round of screening. 

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