As of 2015, UC has open access policies that apply to all UC employees including faculty, lecturers, researchers, post-docs, staff, and graduate students. Authors are asked to make available an open access copy of their work. Providing an author manuscript to eScholarship, UC's open access repository, fulfills this obligation.
Through Web of Science
AVSL Guide to Predatory Publishing (Association of Vision Science Librarians) - Provides information on what to look for to determine whether a journal is predatory or not.
A Whitelist of Vision Science Journals from the Association of Vision Science Librarians - List of journals determined to not be predatory.
Aim for multiple publications
Select the best publication type to reach your audience such as a conference presentation for professionals, journal articles for researchers, and news or blog pieces for the general public.
Consider writing multiple publications that will reach different audience groups. You'll be able to divide your findings across the different venues and discuss the conclusions deeply.
Select a journal to target your audience
Check the journal’s Instructions for Authors. Does its scope and criteria match your intended audience?
Check the journal's impact factor, which is frequently used as a proxy for the relative impact a journal has within its field. It measures the average number of citations to the recent articles published in a journal (more about impact factors).
Find journals ranked by impact factor in Journal Citation Reports.
Scopus is another ranking tool, and there are reports on a journal's changing impact factor over time. Visit Scopus and select the Compare journals link above the search box.
Here's a guide to learn more about research impact measurement.
Publish as open access
Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge to the reader, and it’s free of most copyright and licensing restrictions (Suber 2013). When your articles are free and online, your findings are more visible and accessible since readers only need an internet connection to find a copy.
Three main options are available:
Upon acceptance of article, select the open access publishing option
Publish in a full OA journal
In order to grant readers open access, authors typically pay a publishing fee for OA articles. The Library offers the BRII program to support Berkeley researchers with the fees for full OA journals.
Write for discoverability
Craft descriptive titles and informative abstracts so that readers can quickly preview your publication.
Help search engines and databaes index your publication by assigning descriptive keywords to the article.
Share as much as you can
Sharing research data and instruments may increase citation rates. Here are options for sharing:
Publish the data as the supplementary materials of an article.
Load data into an open repository. Search databib.org to find one suited to your discipline.
Publish the data and archive it online with the Dryad service. Dryad is a free service to UC Researchers.
Publicize your work