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Doctoral students: Publishing your research

What is a Predatory Journal?

Predatory Journals take advantage of authors by offering them to publish for a fee without providing any peer-reviewing or editing services. 

How to spot a Predatory Journal

  • Are you familiar with the journal? 
  • Can you easily contact the publisher? 
  • Are they clear about how they practise their peer review process?
  • Can you easily see what fees will be charged?

If the answer is no for any of these questions, the journal is most likely predatory.


We encourage all researchers to register for an ORCID identifier, via the ORCID websiteORCID ID is a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher, and through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized. The University of Iceland is a member of ORCID and encourages its staff to register for an ORCID ID. It´s required to submit content to the university´s Open Access repository Opin vísindi ( as well as to many of the world´s leading academic publishers. 

Where should I publish?

Publishing academic research is highly competitive and there are many challenges along the way. Choosing a venue, weather it is a journal, book or a chapter in an edited book is the first step in getting your research published. 

Think. Check. Submit. is a good resource to keep in mind when trying to decide where to publish. Through a range of tools and practical resources, this international, cross-sector initiative aims to educate researchers, promote integrity, and build trust in credible research and publications.

Think. Check. Submit

OA explained by PhD comics

What is Open Access?

Open access (OA) is an approach to sharing one's work with the world. By making their research available in OA, authors can ensure that it can reach the broadest audience and it can be read and used without expensive journal subscriptions or affiliation with a research library.

Need an ISBN number?

Application to acquire an ISBN number can be found here and will be attended to in a timely manner. 

Impact factor

Impact Factor is used as an indicator of the importance of a journal to its field of study and is calculated according to a special formula. The higher the impact factor, the more highly ranked the journal. Impact is one thing to be mindful of when finding the appropriate journal for your research


Altmetrics are metrics and qualitative data that are complementary to traditional metrics.