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Systematic Review

Resources for conducting a systematic review research.

Publishing your Systematic Review



Finding the best journal to publish your work

Identifying the best journal to submit your research to can be a difficult process. Authors, be aware of predatory journals!

To help you make the choice of where to submit, Think. Check. Submit. has a produced a video that includes checklist for authors to use to find the right journal.

Using a journal matching technology based on your manuscript title and abstract, the following tools can help you find journals that could be best suited for publishing your systematic review article. You will need also to consult the journal’s aims and scope for further guidance. Simply insert your title and abstract and select the appropriate field-of-research for the best results.

Journal Finder Tools

Looking for an open-access journal to submit your manuscript? Search SciFree for the journals included in open-access agreements where the author processing fees are waived for UMD faculty and students.



You can also try to find other journals by using the title/abstract of your manuscript.

Platform for Responsible Editorial Policies
"PREP is an online platform contributing to the responsible organisation of editorial procedures by scholarly journals. It facilitates journal editors to become transparent about their editorial procedures, advises journal editors and publishers on potential improvements of their peer review procedures, and presents integrated information about the variety of review procedures currently in use. PREP also maintains a database of journals’ current peer review formats and provides information and tools for journals to use journal metrics in a responsible way."

Open Access Publishing Fund

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Open Access Publishing Fund

To increase the visibility of your research, consider publishing it in an open access journal. Search the Directory of Open Access Journals to find an appropriate journal for your manuscript.

The UMD Libraries provide funding of 50% of the article processing charges. 

For details about the Fund, go to UMD Libraries' Open Access Publishing Fund's web site. 

Open Access Publishing Agreements

The UMD Libraries participate in a number of open-access publisher agreements and journal discounts that are available to UMD authors.

  • For more information on these agreements, including links to individual publishers author workflows, please visit the OA Publishing Agreement Libguide.
  • To check if a journal you are interested in is covered under one of our agreements, or to browse what journals are currently covered by a publisher, please use our new search tool SciFree.

Author Rights

Author Rights


Protect your intellectual work with SPARC Addendum!

"The SPARC Author Addendum is a legal instrument that modifies the publisher’s agreement and allows you to keep key rights to your articles. The Author Addendum is a free resource developed by SPARC in partnership with Creative Commons and Science Commons, established non-profit organizations that offer a range of copyright options for many different creative endeavors."

For more information, visit SPARC's website.

Equitable Citation Practice

Equitable Citation Practice


Citation Practice has broad implications for who gets a voice in academia. Much of the tenure practice is based on "impact" produced by citations. Academia has been excruciatingly slow at incorporating different metrics of impact. So who is being cited results in who gets promoted, who conduct research, and the voices that speak in our classrooms.

“Citation behavior is the product of institutional structures and individual habits. Imbalances in citation behavior, therefore, are produced by both institutional biases and individual biases. By bias, we mean discriminatory (or, conversely, preferential) values, practices, or mechanisms, typically resulting in material, psychological, or physical harms.”

Source: Dworkin, J., Zurn, P., & Bassett, D. S. (2020). (In) citing action to realize an equitable future. Neuron, 106(6), 890-894.

Resources to Help with Critical Citation Practice

UMD SciFree