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From why you should publish to picking a journal and all the steps in between, this guide will help you publish a manuscript.

The cost of publishing

Publishing almost always has a price tag associated with it. Either the author pays up front (Author Processing Fees "APC") so that anyone can read it (open access) or some group or institution like Library Resources, pays for a journal subscription so that a select group of their patrons may read the article.

Funding options

Here are the funding options to cover any author processing charges (APCs) you may be asked to pay when submitting your manuscript.

1. Research Experience for Medical Students (REMS) project funding: Each REMS student has $1,000 to use for either publication fees or travel/presentations. The manuscript must be directly related to your REMS project and not a case report or other paper.

2. A funding application process for outside of REMS publications has been set up through the Associate Director of Research, Dr. Sarah Sletten.

NOTE: Funding options 1 and 2 only apply to medical students, not residents. For either REMS or extra funding through Dr. Sletten's office, the journal will generally need to be indexed into Medline (health sciences students may seek advice about journals outside of Medline.) What does that mean? There are three parts to PubMed. 1. Medline is the base part which is highly curated by National Library of Medicine librarians who carefully index articles. 2. PubMed Central which can contain author preprints and other non-indexed articles, including articles from journals not indexed into PubMed. 3. is a combination of one and two in order to have one place to search.

To determine if your journal qualifies, look through the NLM Catalog. Within a journal's description, there will be a line saying indexed or not indexed. For example, Cureus is NOT indexed into Medline and therefore is not a good choice if you want UND SMHS funding.

Current Indexing Status: Not currently indexed for MEDLINE


3. Library Resources pays for a BMJ Case Reports institutional fellowship. This fellowship allows UND-affiliated students, residents, faculty, and staff to publish case reports without having to pay article processing charges. Contact ONE OF THE CAMPUS LIBRARIANS to receive the UND fellowship code. IMPORTANT NOTE: You must use the BMJ Case Reports patient consent form.

4. Check with the faculty member who is your co-author to see if there is any funding available from within their department or from a grant.

5. Read and Publish Agreements restricted to the publishing companies

These agreements allow UND faculty, students, staff, etc. to publish at no cost. While it may still be going the for-profit publisher route, these agreements minimize or eliminate the financial burden that arises with Author/Article Processing Charges (APCs). These are often Open Access, but not always…

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) covers all ACM Digital Library research articles, review articles, conference papers, and proceedings papers
  • Cambridge University Press (UP) allows UND authors to publish Open Access without additional cost in any Cambridge UP titles. Researchers can also retroactively change the status of their article to Open Access. This covers all of their journals, including gold open access titles
  • Company of Biologists – this covers all five of their journals, including gold open access titles. Review the Guide for Authors here.
  • Springer excludes Nature journals, some BioMed Central (BMC) journals, and gold open access titles, but covers thousands of their hybrid open access journals (full list of eligible journals)