New video series on publishing in academic journals

A while back I made a video about publishing in academic journals. It has been pretty popular (nearly 3,000 views). However the time has come for an update! So many things have changed in terms of publishing infrastructure, artefacts, relationships between authors and publishers, etc.

This time, I’ve broken the video down into four parts.

They can be viewed as a complete series in one video here (32 minutes), or as separate videos via the links below:

Part 1 – Trends in academic journal publishing: what is changing, what is staying the same? (11:45)

Part 2 – Copyright, Open Access and what these mean for authors (05:14)

Part 3 – Journal quality, status indicators (Impact Factor, alt metrics etc) (09:18)

Part 4 – Introduction to peer review (05:52)

There are also versions available with subtitles in Arabic. A huge shukran to Abdullah for the translation!

Part 1 (Arabic)  |  Part 2 (Arabic)  |  Part 3 (Arabic)  |  Part 4 (Arabic)

Please add your comments below: What did you take from the videos as key points? Were some things surprising? What would you like to hear more about? What is missing? Do you disagree with some things I say?

If you’re coming to a workshop with me on publishing and peer review, watching all four parts is essential in your pre-workshop preparation. We will start by asking what your key points and further questions are.

Given how many researchers I’ve worked with from Aotearoa New Zealand, there’s a (rather unsubtle) silent shout-out to you at the start and end of each video! Hope you like it…



2 thoughts on “New video series on publishing in academic journals

  1. Andy

    Hi Nick, my comment on Part 2:

    You’re right to make distinctions within open access as it’s not a uniform area. The examples you cite all relate to reading access, but I’d make a further distinction – in many circles OA does not just mean free to read, it means free to re-use (see to understand further distinctions). Most OA journals employ some kind of Creative Commons Licence which grants some kind of free re-use, and although there is lots of detail it’s important for authors to understand what the specific licence they’re signing up to actually means (see There are two good reasons to understand this – it will affect how your published article can be used (and abused) in both commercial and non-commercial future exploitation, and the specific licence may be a requirement of your funding organisation. Further information on the majority of reputable open access journals and on the licences the journal offers are available on DOAJ, if you can’t find that information on the journal home page.

    I’m in publishing and am a former OA publisher, so I need to state this in case that’s any kind of conflict of interest, but I echo your comments about ResearchGate. It is not commonly known that ResearchGate and are both well-funded commercial entities, as this is (some think deliberately) obscured – don’t be fooled by the domain names! RG for example only recently announced millions of dollars on VC funding received way back in 2015. These are commercial entities which tacitly invite authors to break their copyright obligations for direct commercial enterprise, and should not receive support to do so. Illegal filesharing is illegal filesharing, whether you’re on Napster, Pirate Bay, or ResearchGate.

    In relation to repositories, I also thought I’d highlight a new web plug-in (to which I am not linked) – Unpaywall. This looks for repository versions of papers you browse for online. If you hit a paywall it will ferret out a (legal) copy, if that’s openly available anywhere. Check it out!


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