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Avoiding Deceptive, Unethical, Predatory and Vanity Publishing

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Recently, there has been a growth in deceptive, unethical and predatory publishing practices occurring online. As victims, academics and their institutions, often experience financial and reputational damage from unethical scholarly publishing. When the time comes to consider suitable scholarly publishing outlets for your research, we highly recommend undertaking due diligence to select quality sources. Becoming vigilant and regularly updating your knowledge of scholarly publishing outlets to assess their quality, is a means to avoid publishing traps and pitfalls.

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23 Research Things blog provides a short summary of the current situation and precautions for early career academics regarding the avoidance of these publishing practices. Read the full post here or subscribe for frequent post delivered to your inbox.

Open Access and Your Thesis

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Making your thesis publicly accessible requires consideration of a number of concepts: institutional policy; attitudes of prospective publishers; 3rd-party copyright; and indexing in search engines, including the effect on citation and impact of your work.

This week, the 23 Research Things blog shed some light on these consideration with a new post on Open Access and Your Thesis. View the full post here.

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Wiley Webinar Series: Peer Review and Publishing Ethics – next Thursday 9 November 2017 8.30pm

Early career researchers face many challenges when it comes to learning how to publish.

In the next session of “Wiley Learn to Publish” series, researchers, academics and librarians are invited to join the upcoming webinar Peer Review and Publishing Ethics: The Dos and Don’ts. Register here.

Date and timeThursday, 9 November 2017 8.30pm (AEST)


  • Dr Andy Turner  -Associate Editor, Quarterly Journal The Royal Meteorological Society
  • Danielle Chilvers  – Journals Publishing Manager, Wiley
  • Leah Webster  – Journals Publishing Manager, Wiley

View all the past and upcoming live webinars in the series here.

Open Access and Sharing Your Work

As researchers, it is critical to understand the legality of your work. This week, 23 Research Things blog brings you more information about the three varieties of Open Access as well as some guidelines on sharing your work online without upsetting your publisher with two posts:

  • Thing 17: Open Access – Gold, Green and Black
  • Thing 18: Sharing Your Work (Without Breaking the Law)

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New LibGuides: Scholarly Publishing


The library has just released the new section of the LibGuides on Scholarly Publishing. This guide is designed to support researchers to publish strategically and to  disseminate their research to the scholarly community. Topics covered include: 

  • Choosing Publishers – Considerations and risks 
  • Making your thesis into a book 
  • Presenting and publishing at conferences 
  • When choosing a journal 
  • Journal selection & evaluation tools 
  • Open access publishing 
  • Publisher resources 
  • UOM Researcher publishing support 
  • Authorship 
  • Author Profiles 
  • Checklists and resources 

For more information:  

Wikipedia – New page

The University of Melbourne Wikipedia Community has published a new one-stop site for all Wikipedia Editing resources, information, events, contacts and an account of past activities. All UoM staff and students are welcome to join on board. The Community had a lunchtime session with discussion, workshops and a lot of editing last Friday 27 October 2017.

More information here:  


Photo: Wikipedians hard at work at Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 25 August 2017, part of the Researcher@Library Week.

Save time with UniMelb Library Ezyproxy Bookmarklet

When you have discovered resources via a general search over the internet, typically you will be asked to subscribe and/or pay a fee to access the full-text content.

You can use the UniMelb Library Ezyproxy Bookmarklet to re-direct the web page to go through the Unimelb Library electronic resources gateway, which will then allow you full-text access to the content the Library subscribes to.

Find out more on how to add the UniMelb Library Ezyproxy bookmarklet to your browser.


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Communicating your research

Academic research is traditionally communicated in articles which are aimed at an expert audience and published in specialised journals. But if you are thinking about disseminating your research more widely, and possibly beyond an academic audience, blogging or writing for news outlets like The Conversation may be the answer.

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This week, the 23 Research Things blog gives graduate researchers options to communicate research and studies to a wider, public audience through vehicles such as bloggings, news outlets and many others.

Read the full post here, and subscribe to the 23 Research Things blog here.

Open Access Week 2017 – Webinar

Open Access Week 2017 is happening this week, 23-29 October 2017 – everywhere!

Addressing the theme of this year’s Open Access Week, “Open in order to……..”, this webinar, hosted by the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG), will explore the benefits of making scholarly outputs openly available.

Guest presenter Heather Joseph (SPARC), a world leader on the issues surrounding open access, is currently leading the charge to get the issue of Open Access through the US Congress via the bipartisan Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act.


Date and time: Thursday 26 October 2017, 11am – 12pm.

More information and registration here.


Social media for researchers

Have you been using social media forever? Maybe it is time to utilise your expertise with the social networks to elevate your career as a researcher.


This week, the 23 Research Things blog explores the tips and tricks in using social media to build a solid research profile online. The post focuses on three main channels and major social media currently used by researchers and organisations worldwide: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Altmetrics, a software to measure the impact of mentions via social media, is also explained, including a guide by the University of Melbourne Library.

Read the full post here and subscribe to the blog to stay tuned.

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