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Earth & Planets Laboratory Library: Toolkit for EPL Authors

Toolkit for EPL Authors

10 Starting Points and Useful Resources


   1. Get advice on writing papers, making posters, and getting published:

                                                           "Mastering the Art of Scientific Publishing", American Chemical Society

                                                           "Make Award Winning Posters", AstroWright

                                                            Better Posters blog

   2. Sign up for a free ORCID


   3. Understand Copyright and Creative Commons: 

“Copyright Information and Resources”, University of Minnesota Libraries guide

"Copyright Basics," Cornell University Copyright Information Center

   4. Learn about open access publishing opportunities: “Open Access in the Geosciences”, Geoscience Information Society

   5. Investigate an unknown or suspicious journal: Beall’s List of Predatory Open-Access Publishers

    6. Find the right repository for your data:



   7. Determine if/how you can post your own journal papers: SHERPA/RoMEO: Publisher Copyright Policies & Self-Archiving


    8. Choose the right reference management software for your needs: “Overview of Citation Software”, MIT Libraries guide



   9. Understand research metrics and calculate your h-index: 

“Measuring Your Impact”, Yale University Library

"Understanding Impact Factor & Other Research Metrics", University of Illinois Library

             10. Explore academic integrity, research ethics, intellectual property policies: 

On Being A Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research, National Academies

Carnegie Institution Research & Related Policies