As a researcher, choosing where to publish and how to promote your research is critical. Strategic scholarly publishing involves following a systematic approach to ensure you publish in the most effective outlet and maximise success in publishing endeavours. This will help raise your academic profile, increase the visibility and impact of your work and add to the reputation of UQ as a world class research institution and contribute to scholarly discussions in your field.

4. Submit

Authorship best practice 

Many authors submit their manuscript only to have it very quickly rejected in what is known as "On-the-desk-rejection". To maximise the chance of acceptance, you should keep in mind the following authorship guidelines:

  • ALWAYS submit a cover letter with your paper
  • Follow publisher’s author instructions to the letter
  • Respond promptly and effectively to requests to “review and resubmit".

See the Publishing process page for more advice on authorship considerations.

Researcher identity

It is essential to differentiate yourself from other researchers with similar names or fields of study. Researcher identifiers, such as an ORCID iD, allow you to reliably and unambiguously connect your names(s) with your professional activities throughout your career.

Creating an online scholarly identity can be helpful in a number of ways, as it:

  • provides a means to distinguish between you and other authors with identical or similar names
  • links together all of your works, even if you have had several affiliations or used different names over the course of your career
  • makes it easy for others (grant funders, other researchers etc.) to find your research output, for example you can use your ORCID iD to populate Australian Research Council grant applications
  • ensures that your work is clearly attributed to you
  • ensures more accurate citation and impact metrics
  • reduces duplication of administrative work in research workflows.

Watch What is ORCID? (Video, 4m16s)

    Publishers are increasingly requesting ORCID IDs from authors at article submission. This helps the publisher streamline the submission process via Single-Sign-On and/or auto-populating the submission form with data from the author’s ORCID record - such as preferred publication name or affiliation - reducing the occurrence of frustrating errors. This also ensures that your paper is correctly attributed to you across all stages of the publishing process - including being embedded into article metadata for online indexing systems together with the DOI of the article, and linking the two even further.

    Some funding bodies are now also mandating that ALL authors on any paper which has arisen from research undertaken as part of the grant allocation must submit their ORCID iD to the journal, along with the Funding agency and grant ID. See the ORCID iD and research identifiers page for more information.


    Listing your affiliation details correctly guarantees that your research is linked to the University. The University has developed a clear policy to determine how authors should be attributing their affiliation 4.20.04b Authorship – Procedures, Section 3.3, Author affiliations with UQ. You should also follow the same affiliation pattern on social media platforms. 

    Researcher Name, The University of Queensland,

    Institute/School/Centre, (Division if applicable) Qld 4072, Australia

    Researcher Name, The University of Queensland,

    Institute/School/Centre, Gatton Qld 4343, Australia

    Researcher Name, The University of Queensland,

    Institute/School/Centre, Herston Qld 4006, Australia