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Present, Write, Publish Guide

This guide provides resources for biomedical and health sciences learners and faculty on how to present, write and publish research and scholarship.

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Writing & Publishing Your Research

Person writing on a paper with a thought bubble and a question mark on either side of them.Apart from conducting your research, one of the most exciting and impactful aspects of creating new knowledge is sharing it with others through writing and publishing your research. Don't know how to get started? Don't worry! Below are resources to get you familiar with creating an author identity (it's free!), deciding where to publish and how to evaluate journal publications, understanding open access and paywall articles, and author rights and guidelines.

Types of Research Publications

Check out the guide below to learn more about different research publications.

Author Identity


The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) registry provides unique, persistent, non-proprietary identifiers for researchers, creators, and contributors of all types. Your ORCID iD moves with you throughout your career, improving the attribution and visibility of your grants, research, scholarship, and creative and entrepreneurial activities. The use of ORCID iDs is fast becoming standard in academia, and many publishers and funders now require them. They are free to obtain, and once up and running, make it easy to connect with CrossRefPubMedScopusPublons, and others.

Deciding Where to Publish

Finding Journals

Evaluating Journals

Publishing Case Reports with BMJ

BMJ offers Institutional Fellowships, giving all faculty, staff and students within your institution the freedom to submit as many cases as they like as well as access to and reuse of all the published material.  This means thatl faculty, medical students, residents and fellows can publish their case reports in this publication without paying author fees* (excluding articles that are open access).

How it Works:

See the Case Reports User Guide below to learn how to submit case reports.

When you get to the ‘Details & Comments’ section of the submission process you will be asked to enter a fellowship code to prove that you, or your institution, has access to BMJ Case Reports. This is only available to active UNLV faculty, staff, medical students, residents and fellows. Please email to request the code.

Open Access vs. Paywalled Publishing

Open Access Overview

  • Open Access refers to peer-reviewed publications that are free to anyone with an internet connection. This includes the rights to view, read, download and build upon the work being read. 
  • Publications can be made open access at the point of publication such as through an open access journal.
  • Publications can be made open access by placing a copy of the work in a repository when following funder requirements or by voluntarily sharing a copy to a repository using publisher guidance.

Article Processing Charges (APCs)

Article Processing Charges (APCs) are charged to authors of scholarly articles during the publication process.  APCs are used by open access journals in lieu of subscription fees that libraries and readers traditionally have paid to gain access to research articles. APCs shift the burden of journal production costs (editing, peer review, hosting, archiving, preservation), to authors from readers. Paying an APC results in an article that is available to anyone with an internet connection. Corporate, non-profit, society, academic, and other publishers use a variety of models to meet their income needs and publishing service costs, and charging APCs is one model.

APCs should not be confused with page charges long associated with both print and digital publications. Page charges are used to cover administrative costs as well as the cost of print publication, but do not make the article available in an open access (OA) model.

Support for Covering APCs

The University Libraries supports article processing charges for authors through several initiatives.

UNLV corresponding authors have opportunities for discounts and in some cases full coverage of APCs with some publishers. These opportunities are negotiated with publishers when journal subscriptions are renewed. Each agreement is unique.

  • BMJ Case Reports
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Company of Biologists
  • Institute of Physics (new in 2023)
  • MDPI
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (new in 2023)
  • Taylor & Francis 

Through use of collection development funds, the Libraries established two funds supporting UNLV authors in publishing open access.

Author Rights & Guidelines

Author Rights

When an author (or creator) writes an article for a traditional, subscription-based scholarly journal, a chapter for a book, a monograph, or other work, they are typically asked to sign a publication agreement or a copyright transfer agreement. The purpose of the agreement may be to transfer ownership of copyright to the publisher or to otherwise specify the rights of the authors and publisher in the work.

These agreements can be negotiable, and you as the creator may be able to retain some specific rights such as the ability to:

  • include your articles in course packs
  • place your articles on a personal web site
  • archive your articles in an institutional repository

Alternately, some publishers may offer a non-exclusive license and many publishers already grant rights back to authors automatically. Your copyright transfer or publishing agreement is the ultimate source of information regarding your publication and what you are allowed to do with your work.

Author Guidelines

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