How does publication planning affect scientist performance?

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What is one of the key success factors of great scientists? They know how to value time, and they have a strategy for action in their life! Such people manage to be productive using a planning tool for personal effectiveness.


The topic of time management in the research world is very relevant. Scientific and publication planning is a look ahead, a roadmap in the form of clear goals and schemes for their implementation, which help to realize ideas and get results. Not everyone has the habit of scheduling tasks for a day, month, year and purposefully, step by step performing them, but such a way to establish one's professional activities will undoubtedly bear fruit. How to do it, and where to start?


We prepared a selection of tips from Inna Fedii, Senior Technical Editor of "Scientific Publications – Publ.Science", on how to correctly design your research and publication plan and successfully implement it.


Tip No. 1

Before you start thinking about publication planning, it’s worth collecting a high-quality and deep material base for publishing articles in journals included in various scientometric databases (ScopusWeb of Science, Index Copernicus, etc.), as well as identifying topics for subsequent work. For example, combine them in a loop or assemble them in a logical chain to understand what you will experiment with further.


Tip No. 2

After completing the first paragraph, you can begin to actively think through the publication plan, considering your timetable, all the requirements of the university, research organization, the possibility of working in collaboration, and much more. In this matter, of great importance is a discipline that would render the implementation of the plan into a stable scheme with elaborate logic and understanding of complexity of the process, established frequency of implementation of all tasks and meeting deadlines. Each scientist must clearly control the implementation of their scientific timetable so that there are no stressful situations that would require lightning-fast publication. Planning is the starting point that will become a solid foundation for all professional implementations.


Tip No. 3

The greater the time gap, the greater will be the guarantee of success. Do not delay the time and plan for a couple of years in advance. If the scientist understands that the defence will take place in autumn, they need to start the publication process from the beginning of the calendar year, and it is desirable that the article has already been prepared. Independent publication in journals included in scientometric databases (Scopus, Web of Science, etc.) can last up to 1.5 years, and it is very difficult to do this faster due to the multi-stage nature of work on the paper (structuring, translation, design, presentation, peer review, revision, publication). Intermediary companies can speed up the process and publish the paper in 7-9 months. Also, if the researcher has any specific requests, for example, a journal in economics is only in 3rd quartile, then the selection of the journal is narrowed and the implementation will take much more time.


Tip No. 4

Constantly work on improving your articles – analyse errors, avoid verbosity, leave the essence, novelty, and relevance so that each new manuscript is better than the previous one, requires fewer corrections, gets reviewed faster, and brings you closer to your goal.


Tip No. 5

The success of the publication of the article depends on all participants in this process (scientist, intermediary company, journal, database). Everyone should perform their duties on time and with high quality, then there will be a good result and performance. It is important to increase the level of responsibility and understand the value of scientific activity.


Tip No. 6

Strictly adhere to all the recommendations of an intermediary company and trust their specialists. Based on such confidential cooperation, all publication projects will be successfully implemented on time. A scientist can benefit a lot from a common work, namely:


  • Thanks to collaboration with many scientific journals, consulting companies can keep abreast of the frequency of issue releases, the admission of articles in them, as well as possible publication delays. Thus, specialists notify their clients of new publishing opportunities, and also take control of all risks and publication processes, sometimes reducing the standard publication time, opening the prospect of more accurate scientific time management for the researcher.
  • Adhering to the advice of specialists and competent planning, consulting companies can help to save time, because the deadline is prolonged, and there is more time for more relaxed work: editorial corrections, selecting a good journal, reviewing, etc.


Constant scientific and publication planning will develop a habit for the researcher, and it will help to achieve success and will support its professional implementation. After all, devoting a couple of minutes to time management today, you can save your time tomorrow and do a lot more than yesterday.


If you need to draw up a clear publication plan or get any help in publishing an article in journals included in various scientometric databases (Scopus, WoS, etc.), contact the "Scientific Publications – Publ.Science" company and our specialists will reply to your application during the day!

We wish you to effectively plan your research activities and successfully enhance your career! You can always count on our support and help!

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