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Publishing Tips from the Field Nathan Grills

  1. 1. Publishing: tips from the field Letting your experience and results see the light of day Nathan Grills (MBBS, DPHIL, DPH, MPH), Associate Editor - Academic, CJGH Daniel O’Neill (MD, MA(TS)) Managing Editor, CJGH
  2. 2. Open Access Since 2014: 16,743 sessions 58,765 page views Authors 57% USA, 26% LMIC Peer-reviewed, No APC PubMed Indexing soon
  3. 3. Why research and publish? • Participate in collective wisdom and dialogue • Good stewardship of your skills / experiences • Refines and improves the quality of your work • Improve the quality of the work of others – Eg of ebola • Advocate for people that you serve: – if they aren’t counted they don’t count • Highlight your organization • Links you to some amazing people • Professional development • You might die if you don’t publish! (promotion!) – Publish or perish! – Or perish whilst publishing...
  4. 4. Planning phase • A lot of what you do is research already – A new clinical method for LMICs? – Investigating strange associations? – Evaluation of a new program eg. disability community outreach • Recognise it as research...not in retrospect – Work backwards from the final result Journal CJGH  Paper showing importance  ethics required  Authors  endline data  baseline data  research assistants  clear methodology • Bring collaborators/authors together – http://www.icmje.org (medical journal editors) – Avoid conflict by planning ahead
  5. 5. Submission: where to publish? • Choose the right journal (CJGH) – Impact factor, journal scope, editorial board, Indexed, peer reviewed, who has published there http://www.globalhealthpolicy.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Global-Health- Journals-2012.pdf • Aim high ....and have a thick skin – Lancet, NEJM, JAMA • Choose an affordable journal (CJGH) – Trap- realising the fee is $2400 after acceptance.... and they don’t waive it! • Open access vs subscription journals? – Lower threshold for publishing – Wider readership including in LMICs
  6. 6. Avoid predatory journals • Aim high but don’t stoop to low • Predatory journals and conferences: – Beware your ego getting in the way. “Hey baby, your so intelligent.... come and publish with me”. – If you are asked to submit (unless you are famous) then its probably predatory! – Low quality journals – Drag your name through the mud – Publishing in such a journal can devalue your work and name – Hard to pick these days • Addressed in the USA – https://scholarlyoa.com/individual-journals/
  7. 7. Pick the dodgy journal
  8. 8. Peer review
  9. 9. The Peer review process • Follow directions and guidelines...mostly • CJGH works with you, not against you – Mentoring, advise, feedback – Missional in its vision – to serve Christ’s workers – Contact the editor before submission if you are unsure (CJGH is responsive) • Editorial board review- quick Yes/No: – editors keen to find a quick reason to cull – This is helpful for you – Spending 1 year in the journal review merri-go- round can see your work become irrelevant • Then sent out to peer review – 4 week process, Back and forth, email editor if no news
  10. 10. Responding to reviewers
  11. 11. Responding to reviewers • Its not personal – usually....... • Be nice – your comments may go back to reviewers – Acknowledge their input – its time intensive and usually voluntary • Feel free to disagree...but give a rationale – a good “short communication”?  no! – “should include children”  not redoing study • Still not accepted? – Persevere with reviews – take feedback and move on
  12. 12. Overcoming the Obstacles • Peer review rigor? Review others articles • Tyranny of urgent? Designate time • Poor Library access? Free on line • No skills in research? Recruit partners • No Research Assistants? Recruit volunteers and interns – University: MD student research etc • No IRB? Understand the Common Rule • Cost? Can we afford not to?
  13. 13. Publishing Options • Some relevant journals – The Lancet Global Health http://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo – Global Health Science and Practice http://www.ghspjournal.org – Christian Journal for Global Health http://journal.cjgh.org – The Journal of Global Health http://www.jogh.org – Global Health Action http://www.globalhealthaction.net – Bulletin of the World Health Organization http://www.who.int/bulletin/en/ – Journal of Global Health (Colombia University) http://www.ghjournal.org/ – Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health http://www.jegh.org – British Medical Journal http://www.bmj.com – PLOS1 Global Health http://journals.plos.one/browse/global_health
  14. 14. Mission Journals • EMQ www.emqonline.com • IBMR www.internationalbulletin.org, • MDJ http://missiodeijournal.com/ • IAMS http://missionstudies.org/ • ASM http://asmweb.org/content/missiology • JMP http://journalofmissionalpractice.com/ • IJFM http://www.ijfm.org/ • WCIDJ http://www.wcidjournal.org • Oxford http://trn.sagepub.com
  15. 15. Acknowledgements: CCIH The CJGH editorial board Centre4Him, CJGH Reviewers CJGH Editors
  16. 16. Journal.cjgh.org We look forward to receiving...and accepting .... your submission / review soon! ngrills@unimelb.edu.au dwoneill@cjgh.org Thank you!

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