Academic Publishing in Communication and JournalismPresentation Transcript
By Serena Carpenter http://serenacarpenter.com @drcarpArizona State University Publishing research manuscripts
Article number 9 to 16 articles 12 most common
Acceptance rates 15% or less MCS, JQ, JOB, JOC, JCMC, HCR, NMS, CSMC 20% or higher NRJ (30-40%) Journalism (30%) Journalism Practice (40%) Journalism Educator (30%) JRAM (30%) Journalism History (25%) These may not be the most current figures.
Impact factor J Comp-Mediated Communication 3.6 J of Communication 2.4 New Media & Society 1.3 Harvard Int J Press/Politics 1.2 Communication Research 1.4 Political Communication 1.3 Comm. Theory 1.2 Human Communication Research 2.2 Intl J Press/Politics .83 PR Review .63 J of Broadcasting .45 JQ .36 Critical Studies .33
Manuscript review process
Major reasons for rejection Inappropriate for journal Not novel Poorly written and organized Little contribution to theory Poor design Not well-researched
Inappropriate for journal Know editors Look at editorial advisory board Get to know manuscript preferences Read “instructions for authors” Special series
Not novel “So what” question Judee K. Burgoon advices students to “problemize their topic” by focusing on the question. Never pitch a topic about something such new technologies in the workplace, television violence, information overload, etc. Theory and method should be selected following identification of a problem.
Poorly written & organized Difficult to identify value Method in abstract Organize logically Introduction Orient the reader by stating the purpose, sample, method, and goals including the definition of major variables. Theory IV DV Results/Discussion/Conclusion
Little contribution to theory Descriptive Concepts should be rooted in literature and conceptually defined Theory Independent Dependent Do not overgeneralize
Poor design Hypotheses and RQs Double-barreled research questions Affect Method Unit of analysis Sample and sampling procedure Your survey questionnaire, content analysis protocol, etc. should be informed by theory or literature. Operational definitions
Not well-researched References should be comprehensive and accurate Appropriate style Potential reviewers Keyword searches
Responding to reviewers Organize response professionally Don’t let emotions guide your argument Respond to each critique Use evidence to defend points challenged by the reviewer Provide precise location in response Sample Responses to Reviewers and Reviewer Critiques
Collaborate with productive people Pressure to complete projects To learn, ask scholars to collaborate Treasure the people who are dependable Discuss authorship and responsibilities early
Serve as a reviewer for a journal Think like a reviewer Quality of your reviews may affect future opportunities Email editor expressing interest in reviewing or serving as an editorial board member Focus reviewing efforts Focus on visibility with journal efforts
Make the most of conferences Be well-prepared for presentations Go to socials Volunteer for service Apply for awards and grants Submit to only one conference or publication at a time
Resources How to Publish Your Communication Research Editors: Alison Alexander andW. James Potter Editors as Gatekeepers. Getting Published in the Social Sciences Editors: Rita J. Simon and James J. Fyfe Dan Riffe, “Scholarly Journals as a Process and Practice Mirror,” Journalism & Mass Communication Educator 60 (summer 2005): 140-45. Ulla Bunz, “Publish or Perish: A Limited Author Analysis of ICA and NCA Journals,” Journal of Communication 55 (winter 2005): 703-20.