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Things to think about when writing for publication including tips to make editors happy

Things to think about when writing for publication including tips to make editors happy

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  • Enhancing publication potential or How to make editors very happy people Carol Haigh Clinical Editor: Journal of Clinical Nursing
  • Who should I submit to?
    • Depends on why you are submitting
      • Wide range of publications and topics
      • Cohesive theme and related papers
      • Online or hard copy journal?
    • Do you want/need to think about ‘author pays’ model
    • Plan on getting rejected by the best before your move onto ‘the rest’
    • Are impact factors important?
    • (What?)
  • Impact factors (I.F)
    • Devised by Eugene Garfield, the founder of the Institute for Scientific Information, now part of Thomson, a large worldwide US-based publisher. Published on the Web of Knowledge site
    • There are other companies now that also do this but Thomson is still the market leader
  • Things to think about when looking for a publication platform and I.F
    • New journals, that are indexed from their first published issue, will receive an Impact Factor after the completion of two years' indexing
    • Journals that are indexed starting with a volume other than the first volume will not have an Impact Factor published until three complete data-years are known
  • I.F - Pros
    • Web of Knowledge indexes 9000 science and social science journals from 60 countries.
    • Results are widely (though not freely) available.
    • It is an objective measure.
    • In practice, the alternative measure of quality is "prestige." This is rating by reputation, which is very slow to change, and cannot be quantified or objectively used. It merely demonstrates popularity.
        • JCN = 1.301 JAN = 1.442
        • NET = 0.573 Nature = 28.751
  • I.F Cons
    • The number of citations to papers in a particular journal does not really directly measure the true quality of a journal, much less the scientific merit of the papers within it
    • Several methods, not necessarily with nefarious intent, exist for a journal to cite articles in the same journal which will increase the journal's impact factor for example an editor of a journal may encourage authors to cite articles from that journal in the papers they submit.
    • But…………………..
    • If you are publishing because…
      • You want an academic post
      • You want to influence the thinkers in your field
      • You want a PhD by published work
      • You want to enhance your ‘academic’ credibility’
      • Then I.F might be important to you
  • Title & Key Words
    • Final suggested title –clear, concise, informative
      • Title is important to attract readers
      • Some publishers choose the final title
    • Catchy and “cute” titles are amusing and easily remembered, but:
      • They are generally not informative
      • They are difficult to code for search, present retrieval problems
    • Intelligent key words will help to find a reviewer who will understand your work
  • Don’t send……
      • a descriptive paper to a journal that only publishes “hard data”
      • don’t send a 25 page paper if 10 is the limit
      • don’t send 10,000 words if the limit is 3,500
      • a paper that is not in the style of the journal (giveaway that the journal was your 2nd choice)
      • A paper that was clearly an assignment for a university course
  • Before submission…
    • Proof read
    • Proof read,
    • Proof read,
    • Proof read
    • Proof read
    • Proof read
  • After submission
    • E-mail of acknowledgement
    • Article sent to blinded peer reviewers
    • You wait
    • Editor makes a decision guided by but not directed by reviewers comments
    • Decision letter from editor (with reviewers comments)
  • Decisions
    • Accept (V. rare) minor revision, major revision, reject & resubmit, reject
    • Although it’s hard don’t take rejection personally.
    • If you are asked for multiple revisions decide how much work you are prepare to do
  • Then….
    • Revised paper resubmitted (to deadline = happy editor)
    • Letter of acceptance of further revision
    • Wait for proofs to check
    • Send proofs back (to deadline = happy editor)
    • Online early so it counts as a publication from that point
    • In print (there may be a bit of a delay)
  • Things that make editors irritable 1-5
    • Authors who plainly haven’t read the journal info.
    • Papers from English authors that are full of spelling errors
    • Authors (and reviewers) who do not meet re-sub deadlines
    • Papers with nothing new to add
    • Papers from conferences or courses submitted in original format
  • Things that make editors irritable 6-11
    • Redundant or duplicate publications
    • Inappropriate papers
    • Inappropriate style
    • Papers that are too country specific
    • ‘ Salami slicing’
    • Plagiarism ( even of yourself)
  • Things that make editors happy 1-5
    • Reviews
    • International Perspective
    • Robust reporting
    • Cutting edge or something very different
    • Good presentation
  • Things that make editors happy 6-11
    • Papers that have breadth
    • Intelligent use of key words
    • Appropriate style and language
    • Papers that have clearly been read over before submission
    • Clarity of information about ethics, conflict of interest etc
    • Author lists that are reasonable, or at least feasible
  • Get insight in to how the process works
    • Become a reviewer for your journal of choice (Doesn’t necessarily guarantee publication of your work tho’)
    • Go to ‘meet the editors’ sessions
    • Submit editorials
  • Other things that will help….
    • If you are reporting numbers make sure the numbers add up
    • If you are reporting qualitative data make sure your analytical techniques are clear
    • If you needed ethical approval make sure you confirm you got it
    • Make sure your participants are protected at all times
  • Thank you for your attention Deadline 5 p.m