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  • The purpose is to teach you the scholars trade. Important, useful, orginal and contributes to scientific knowledge. I have published. I have been reject 3 times.
  • Publishing in leading journals has always been tied to success. And it can be difficult to publish esp when those who are published are from the top 20 institutions. The first journal was founded in 1665 called Philosophical Transactions.
  • Journal of Radio & Audio MediaCritical Studies in Media Communication
  • Most frequently cited journals in a field of communicationJournal representing the discipline. More schools may be relying on the impact factor of a journal. Citation and article counts are indicators of how frequently researchers are using individual journals.
  • Review lengthTimely review2-3 readers review it. Only 5% accepted with minor revisions… And 5% editor rejected. Referees are often picked because of methodological experience.
  • Reviewers can review with skeptism
  • Editor chosen authors and puts out a call. JQ, Journalism, New Media & Society, NRJ – Professionally
  • Is this an important question? Does this add to existing knowledge?
  • Researchers need to lay out a clear path and persuade the soundnessThe introduction section focuses on setting up the problem. It also informs the reader about he sample, method, design and study goals. The literature review should explain to the reader why they should care and connect literature review to your hypotheses or research questions. The method plan should be explained in clear detail to encourage replication of the study. The method portion should include information justifying the sample, explaining how the sample was selected and collected, how variables were measures, and how data were analyzed. The results should present the results. The discussion section addresses the implications and explanation of the results. Alan M. Rubin suggests including information about the contribution of knowledge to knowledge and practice, the impact of the results on theory, and explanations related to unexpected or contradictory findings. The conclusion section usually addresses bigger picture items.
  • Comparative studies Sample studiesEncourage replicationTraditional media, citizen journalists, public opinion, The impulse to overclaim is natural.20 correalation does suggest a strong relationship even if it is significant. Large sample sizes make small correalzation to be statistically significant. Also is it relationship or affect
  • In abstract you should reference the sample being employed. College students. Not generalizable to the US population… how was it selected. Is it representative. I try to explain each step…. Who interviewed, where was the data collected. Results from inappropriate data
  • Limited effects neglects minimal consequences
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  • Email the editor letting him or asking him if it is okay that he/she submit it to two journals.

Academic Publishing in Communication and Journalism Academic Publishing in Communication and Journalism Presentation Transcript

  • By Serena Carpenter
    @drcarpArizona State University
    Publishing research manuscripts
  • Tenure expectations
  • Article number
    9 to 16 articles
    12 most common
  • Acceptance rates
    15% or less
    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
    Orient the reader by stating the purpose, sample, method, and goals including the definition of major variables.
  • Little contribution to theory
    Concepts should be rooted in literature and conceptually defined
    Do not overgeneralize
  • Poor design
    Hypotheses and RQs
    Double-barreled research questions
    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
  • Networking
  • 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.