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Scholarly Communication: Publication Opportunities

The Scholarly Communications committee provides Bucknell’s faculty scholars with customized information, education, and guidance as well as the technical resources and support services needed throughout all steps of the scholarly communications process.


 Thought bubbles questioning the things to consider when choosing a publication: impact factor, indexing, OA, predatory publishers, cost, author rights, and copyright. A final thought bubble says “Maybe I should just publish where I always have”


Aspirational publications, reliable outlets, the place we first published under our advisor. For everything we seek to publish, there are dozens or even hundreds of places we could publish with, many of them great, none of them perfect. For many of us, our publication selection process has historically been based on what we know and are used to, and we already consider a wide array of possibilities, factors, and opportunities in our decision-making process. 


This section of our guide is not meant to replace the tools and interpersonal support structures you already have, rather, we hope to supplement your current toolkit by providing additional resources and support in helping you navigate your publication choices to align with your work, aspirations, and values.

Factors to Consider

Factors to consider include:

(list adapted from Suiter, A. M., & Sarli, C. C. (2019). Selecting a Journal for Publication: Criteria to Consider. Missouri medicine, 116(6), 461–465.)

  • Prestige and Reputation
  • Rigor and Editorial Quality
  • Peer Review Process
  • Ethics and Transparency
  • Journal Business Model
  • Author Rights and Copyright
  • Indexing Status
  • Your needs and principles


Many of these links are discussed in greater detail on topic subpages