Guideline 15

Publication medium

Authors select the publication medium carefully, with due regard for its quality and visibility in the relevant field of discourse. Researchers who assume the role of editor carefully select where they will carry out this activity. The scientific/academic quality of a contribution does not depend on the medium in which it is published.


In addition to publication in books and journals, authors may also consider academic repositories, data and software repositories, and blogs. A new or unknown publication medium is evaluated to assess its seriousness.

A key criterion to selecting a publication medium is whether it has established guidelines on good research practice.

Comments - Natural sciences (2)

Archiving data in the earth sciences and environmental sciences

03.12.2020 – Best practice example – PANGAEA

Comment on: GL13 (Natural sciences) , GL15 (Natural sciences) , GL17 (Natural sciences)

Maintaining storage capacity in the geosciences

03.12.2020 – Long-term storage of research data

Comment on: GL7 (Natural sciences) , GL11 (Natural sciences) , GL12 (Natural sciences) , GL13 (Natural sciences) , GL15 (Natural sciences) , GL17 (Natural sciences)

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