Tools for authors

Researchers involved in publication can tap many online resources to ease the process of manuscript submission and to measure and describe the impact of their research. The links below are useful in helping to identify journals that best match resources areas, find tools that help in manuscript preparation and citation management, and establish ones scholarly profile and measure the impact of research.

Citation management tools

Citation managers are tools to assist in writing up research for publication. These tools let you organize your references, annotate PDF files, and automatically format references while integrating them into your manuscript. Citation managers are tools to assist in writing up research for publication. They help to organize references, annotate PDF files, and automatically format references in required manuscript styles and integrate them into your manuscript footnotes. These links introduce some of the major citation managers.


A powerful citation manager licensed by UNR

A detailed guide developed by UNR

EndNote Training Tool Video Informative EndNote video training tool to help discover and analyze data, track and measure trends and performance, and collaborate and publish research.


Mendeley is software for managing and sharing research papers. It allows you to create an organized desktop library of academic papers by indexing collections of documents, extracting the metadata from them, and allowing the user to add tags and categories to the collection. The online database allows you to view collections online, explore research trends, and connect with other researchers in your field.

User guides from the Mendeley community

Other researcher resources

NIH Open Access compliance help

NIH Open Access Policy  To advance science and improve human health, NIH makes the peer-reviewed articles it funds publicly available on PubMed Central. The NIH public access policy requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication. This site guides you through the compliance process.

NIH Manuscript Submission System This provides a direct link to the NIH Open Access submission system.

Managing your research identity with ORCID

As a researcher, you need to distinguish yourself from others with the same or similar names to insure that your research will be found and properly credited to you as the author. ORCID is rapidly gained prominence as a solution to this problem.

ORCID IDs are permanent, unique identifiers for researchers that are seeing widespread adoption by academic institutions, funders, and journals.  Creating an ORCID identifier takes about 30 seconds at the ORCID website.

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is an international, interdisciplinary, open, non-profit mechanism to maintain a registry of persistent unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. Obtaining an ORCID identifier is free of charge to individuals. The ORCID Registry can be used to manage your record of academic activities and to search for others in the Registry.

The importance of ORCID registration to you as a researcher:

  • Consolidates any variations of your name
  • Consolidates a variety of institutional affiliations
  • Makes it easier for people to find a list of your research all in one place
  • Is increasingly required when submitting draft publications to journals or book publishers
  • Is increasingly required when submitting funding applications

Managing your research identity with NIH sciENcv

NIH sciENcv NIH platform   SciENcv is an application in My NCBI that helps you create online professional profiles that can be made public to share with others. In SciENcv you can document your education, employment, research activities, publications, honors, research grants, and other professional contributions. My NCBI users can create multiple SciENcv profiles in official biographical sketch formats, for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), which can be used for grant submissions. In addition, SciENcv profiles include, when registered with ORCID, your ORCID iD.

Manuscript styles and formats

Instructions for Authors  Assembled by the University of Toledo, this site provides links to instructions to authors for over 6,000 journals in the health and life sciences. 

International Committee for Medical Journal Editors  Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals. ICMJE developed these recommendations to review best practice and ethical standards in the conduct and reporting of research and other material published in medical journals, and to help authors, editors, and others involved in peer review and biomedical publishing create and distribute accurate, clear, reproducible, unbiased medical journal articles.