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CAHS Library: Research Support

Research Education Program

Please contact CAHS Research Education Program for assistance in foundations of research.

The CAHS Research Education Program, Department of Child Health Research, Child and Adolescent Health Service is an open-access resource that includes the Research Skills Seminar Series and a number of workshops throughout the year to facilitate research projects by busy students, and staff from any clinical background (e.g. medical, nursing, allied health, pharmacy, laboratory etc.) It also provides the Clinical Audit Handbook as a practical resource for those conducting surveys and clinical audits.  The Research Skills Seminar Series offers free seminars on key topics across the whole research process. Comprehensive handouts include additional information and resources, along with other known training opportunities. 

Research Process Resources

CAHS research skills seminar series brings you a platter of free, open-access resource designed to upskill busy clinical staff and students and improve research quality and impact.


  • Getting the Most out of Research Supervision – presented by Dr Tim Barnett (TKI/UWA)
    Friday 19 July, 12.30-1.30pm, PCH Auditorium, with a light lunch from 12.00 for our in-person attendees. Also streamed online.
  • REDCap Basic Walkthrough Workshop – presented by Dr Giulia Peacock (CAHS)
    Open to all WA Health and TKI
    Tuesday 16 July, 1.00pm-3.30pm (in-person only) PCH level 5, TKI Seminar room

EndNote is reference management software with features that allows you to

  • Create a 'library' of references
  • Search and download references from electronic databases and library catalogues
  • Store downloaded PDFs with their relevant references
  • Generate bibliographies in specific styles
  • Share your library or group of references with your research colleague

Free for CAHS staff - see our EndNote Guide


Other Citation Tools:

RefME Citation Generator
Cite This For Me
DOI Citation Formatter


Referencing and Writing Style Guides

The Vancouver style is now the preferred style for CAHS and should be used for referencing in all CAHS documents.
You will need to download the modified Vancouver CAHS Style
See Downloading Output Styles into EndNote for instructions.
This guide gives examples of the most common reference formats.

Children's Hospital Alumni WA (CHAWA)

Where Should I Publish?

Not all publishers are reputable.  Your reputation and wallet will be harmed if you publish in a predatory journal.  There is NO comprehensive list of sites to avoid - instead you need to closely examine any publisher touting for content and payment to determine their trustworthiness.  This cannot always be judged by the look of a site - only by the quality of the publication.

Being listed in DOAJ or holding membership in the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association provides some indicators of quality but the best advice is to use the Think Check Submit website guidance and / or seek advice from senior researchers and clinicians.

An indicator of quality is if the journal is selected for indexing in major databases such as Medline, Embase, PsycInfo etc.

Please note:  Article processing charges (APCs) with publishers is not covered by our annual subscriptions.  Some publishers may allow to publish for free for our subscribed journals.  Please choose Perth Children's Hospital as  your institutional affiliation.
However, you will be charged for open access publishing. Please contact CAHS Research Department for funds to cover APCs.

You've written your paper - next step is to get that work out there into the scientific literature.

First step - get yourself an ORCID - Open Researcher and Contributor - use it with your submission to publishers.

Remember to cite your organisational affiliation.

Case report?  Consider submitting to BMJ Case Reports - the Library currently has an institutional fellowship you can use.

Check if the journal you are considering submitting your paper to for publication is indexed in major indexes such as Medline, Embase, PsycInfo etc.  Papers in journals that are indexed have a better chance of being discovered and having impact.


International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholary Work in Medical Journals

equator Network - Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research - an essential hub to find reporting guidelines for all types of research design

Not sure which journal to submit your paper to? 

JANE - Journal / Author Name Estimator

Manuscript Matcher from the Web of Science Group with the Master Journal List  An alternative - Using Manuscript Matcher from within EndNote

PubMed PubReMiner - search for topics similar to your paper and look at which journal titles are publishing similar papers 

SPI-Hub Scholarly Publishing Information Hub - identify journals in which to publish your research - Vanderbilt University Medical Center

MeSH on demand - (primarily for identifying indexing terms for searching) but it also finds papers similar to yours after you paste in the title and abstract of your paper - shows where similar papers are being published

Manuscript Matcher - Endnote - The new journal matching feature suggests the top candidates for your manuscript. Just choose the publications you want, and start the process for submitting your work to the most credible, high-quality journals that match your topic and references.

What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) is digital, online, free of access barriers, peer-reviewed research, compliant with copyright. OA is not self-publishing, backyard publishing, free of cost publishing. OA publishing models can be broadly categorized as:

  • Gold OA - author publishes in an OA journal enabling immediate access via the publisher's website. Some journals use a hybrid model involving an article processing charge (APC) to publish the article as OA.
  • Green OA - author publishes a paper in any journal then makes a version of the paper available in an OA digital research repository. The version deposited is specified by the publisher.

Open Access journal options flowchart (AOASG)

Why choose Open Access?

 Creative Commons Licences

Creative Commons Licences or CC Licences enable the sharing and reuse of creative content by individuals, institutions and companies. It gives people the right to make use of open access material on the Internet but only under certain conditions.

There are 6 different levels of CC Licences - click on the chart below for the permitted reuse provided by each CC Licence (CC BY Creative Commons Australia).

Not all CC Licences are compatible. See the following License Compatibility Chart 
For more information see Creative Commons Australia

Build an Online Profile

Register an Author ID

Create a unique researcher /author ID to link all your research thereby facilitating discovery, avoiding misidentification and enabling you to track your research for grant applications. Use the following free tools:

Join an Online Network

Demonstrate your research impact
Citation analysis

When applying for grant applications you may be asked to demonstrate your research impact via citation analysis (bibliometrics).  If you are affiliated with a university you may have access to the main citation databases.  Scopus and Web of Science from which you can create citation reports as a quantitive measure of impact - see Curtin University Library Guide.  Other ways of counting citations:

Publish or Perish
Google Scholar Citations
How to Track the Impact of Research Data with Metrics

Many databases now contain citation tracking information for individual articles including ScienceDirect; Highwire Press; Cochrane; BioMed Central

Calculate your h-index

The h-index is a metric designed to measure the productivity and impact of a researcher's work. The h-index is defined by how many of a researcher's (or group's) publications have each had at least hcitations. So a h-index of 6 means that you have published 6 papers that have all been cited at least 6 times. You can use Publish or Perish or Google Scholar to calculate this for you. Or you can do so manually by locating citation counts for all published papers and ranking them numerically by the times cited in descending order (see below):


Altmetrics track web usage as an alternative measure of research impact.  This can include abstract views & downloads; blogs & media coverage. social media such as twitter; collections such as Zotero, Mendeley, CiteULike.

Some databases display Altmetrics for articles e.g. BMJ Journals OnlineScienceDirect 

Seeking Research Literature

Research Books

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    browse by subject (eg. Biomedical & Health Sciences)

To add your favourite articles to My Articles

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