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Faculty Resources: Publishing

Law Library resources to support faculty publication

Submissions

Submission Management Tools

Streamline your workflow and submit articles to multiple journals simultaneously. The Law School provides some funding for selected submissions through Scholastica.

Promotion

Current author information across all platforms will increase the visibility of your published work. You may also want to consider promoting your research through social media or other non-traditional channels.

To update your information on the Law School's website or publicize your work through the Law School's social media accounts, contact the Communications office. For advice about any of the following resources, contact Erin Gow.

Open Access Publication

Publishing papers to open access platforms such as SSRN and ThinkIR increases the visibility of your work.

SSRN

When choosing eJournal classifications for your paper on SSRN, please include the University of Louisville School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series.

For questions about SSRN, please contact Erin Gow.

ThinkIR & SelectedWorks

To add papers to ThinkIR simply log-in with your U-link username and password, accept the terms & conditions, and upload a document. You can choose to instantly incorporate your paper into the open access Digital Commons Network by assigning disciplines. The system also provides statistics about downloads and relative ranking in your discipline, so that you can track the ongoing impact of your paper.

Copyright

Before posting a published piece to an open access platform, ensure that you have the appropriate copyright clearance from the original publisher.

Impact

Services like SSRN, ThinkIR, and HeinOnline provide statistics and data about the reach of any work you have published on their databases. Traditional metrics like these can also be supplemented by alt-metrics, which show how and where research is being referenced in a range of venues beyond the scholarly sphere.

Predatory Publishers

Academic faculty and authors with an online presence are likely to receive emails from predatory publishers. These messages may cite an article you wrote and express a desire to republish it in a journal or as a book. They will then begin to request high fees and payments in order to publish your work. Alternatively, you may receive bogus emails inviting you to attend a conference or participate as a reviewer on an academic journal that does not exist or involves exorbitant fees.

Bogus or predatory emails often have poor grammar or spelling, the sender's email address may not match the organization they claim to represent, and a quick online search for the name of the organization may show that it is part of a scam.

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