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Pharmacy: Tips for Researchers

This guide has been written to help you with your study and research in pharmacy.

Top Ten Library Tools for Researchers

1. Find out who is citing you

Check Scopus and Web of Science to check who is citing you, or your peers. A cited reference search allows a research theme or idea to be traced over time,providing a context for current research and a decision-making  timeline for research communities.  Citation analysis  is frequently used in academic institutions  for grant applications, hiring and tenure decisions.

Google Scholar, accessible via databases and electronic resources is another source for citation data.

 2. Publish in a high impact journal

Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science) and Scopus Journal Analyzer (Scopus) are tools for evaluating and comparing citation data from scholarly and technical journals published in over 60 countries. They provide  information about the most frequently cited journals and those with the highest impact rating in a range of discipline areas. See Where to publish? Measuring journal quality and impact for links to resources for measuring journal quality and impact.

 3. Find out if a  journal is peer-reviewed/refereed and where it's indexed

Check Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory, a  listing of regularly and irregularly published journals that are available free of charge or by subscription. 

 4. Keep up to date with research in your area with Table of Contents (ToC) and Saved Search Alerts

A range of automatic alerting services that will keep you up to date with new research in your area is available via the Library . Have the latest updates to your key databases and  favourite journals tables  of contents delivered to you by email or RSS feeds  as soon as they are published. See more information and links under Keeping Current. 

 5. Get Googlable 

Safely archive your research publications in the Library’s Sydney eScholarship Repository and get global exposure via Google. The repository is also the host for University of Sydney Digital Theses – part of the Australasian Digital Theses project assisting PhD and Masters students communicate their work globally. 

 6. Arrange quality publishing... at the right price

Consider publishing with the Sydney University Press. SUP is a DEST accredited publisher and uses a print-on-demand system for fast, high quality, cost effective digital and print publication of scholarly materials. Researchers are using SUP services to publish online journals, conference proceedings, books and occasional publications. 

 7. Request locally, access globally

University staff and students and affiliated clinical and research staff can arrange delivery of information from anywhere in the world to their desktop or closest Library – free of charge. After an easy, one-time-only registration process, books and journal articles may be requested via MyLoans. Find out more about Document Delivery.     

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