Publication types

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Where should you publish your research findings? Often the answer to this arises from the consensus in the academic community about what are currently seen as the most important publication types within a field or concrete discipline – whether journals, papers, monographs or some other completely different medium.

In cases where the choice is less obvious, a number of factors can determine the choice of publication type, such as:

  • Impact factor
  • Success rate (for acceptance of manuscripts)
  • Visibility and impact with regard to expected recipients
  • Consumption of resources (time and financial)
  • Financial requirements
  • Multi-authorship

See footnotes for further information.

Generally, however, choice of publication channel, in particular open access, seems to carry more weight than any particular choice of type. Peer-reviewed journal articles are rated especially high in academic environments, challenged only by monographs, which are still popular within the humanities and social sciences. However, here too, ranked journals are gaining in popularity, primarily as a result of the introduction of incentive structures, especially the Danish Bibliometric Research Indicator (BFI).

Generally, ranked journals are regarded as the obvious choice for publications in the field of natural and health sciences, while other disciplines associate this form of publication with a more measurable and customer-controlled environment.

Publication types and BFI

Even though there is a wide range of different types of publication, new studies show that peer-reviewed products attract the most attention from research councils etc. Thus, choice of publication type should often be seen in the context of BFI, the aim of which is to promote publication in the most recognised journals in the academic community.

The different types (and their definitions) can be found in the PURE research registration system used by Danish universities: PURE at Aarhus University.


 [1] Communicating knowledge: How and why UK researchers publish and disseminate their findings. A Research Information Network report (September 2009). 

[2] Stefan Carlstein (2011).Vetenskaplig publicering och forskningsbibliotekets nya roll - en fallstudie på Högskolan i Jönköping [Academic publishing and the new role of research libraries: A joint study at Jönköping University]. University Library Jönköping, Vol. 1, Iss. 1, p. 6.

[3] Pieta Eklund, et al. (2011) Publishing activity and attitudes towards open access publishing in the University of Borås

[4] Linda Knight and Theresa Steinbach (2008). Selecting an Appropriate Publication Outlet: A Comprehensive Model of Journal Selection Criteria for Researchers in a Broad Range of Academic Disciplines, In: International Journal of Doctoral Studies, Vol. 3.

  • 11.07.2013 Redigeret af Ditte Schjødt Svensson
  • 04.12.2012 Oprettet af Mogens Kragsig Jensen