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Publication without tears
Tips for aspiring authors EMMA COONAN
JOURNAL OF INFORMATION LITERACY
• Inside the ‘black box’
• Framing your article
• On writing
Have you submitted an article for
publication?
Do you edit or peer review already?
You might enjoy this Scholarly Kitchen ...
Inside the ‘black box’
Managing editor:
Cathie Jackson
Book review editor:
Ian Hunter
Articles should be …
• Research-informed and evidence-based
• Designed around an arguable research question
• Contextualis...
• Relevance to the journal’s remit
• Originality and interest to our audience
• Title and abstract
• Approach and method
•...
• Relevance to the journal’s remit – research- or practice-based
investigations into information literacy
• Originality an...
 Accept for publication without amendment - almost never!
 Revisions required
 Major revisions required followed by pee...
Editor-in-Chief
Emma Coonan
• Make a list of all the actions needed of you
• If you can’t meet them, discuss this with the editors
• Revise the paper ...
• Make a list of all the actions needed of you
Can you address them? If so, how?
• If you can’t meet them, discuss this wi...
• ‘Resubmit’ doesn’t mean ‘Reject’
It’s been known for authors to react as though they’re the same thing
• Journals have a...
Feedback should be constructive,
comprehensive and courteous ...
The role of peer reviewer is a privileged
one and must be...
 “help[ed] to make a potentially very scary process a lot more
manageable.”
 “The author would like to thank …the review...
“I would like to thank you again for all the constructive and
benevolent effort that you and your reviewers put into this
...
JIL copyeditors
Lizzie Seals
Sharon Lawler
Helen Bader
Lisa Hutchins
JIL Copyeditors’ advice
• Use the publication template if there is one
• Define acronyms and abbreviations on first use
• ...
Tweet by Academia Obscura reproduced with permission
Image source unknown (reddit meme)
Once it is published
• Add it to your institutional repository if publisher permits
• Tell the world - use the DOI where p...
OpenlockbyJiscandMattLincoln,CCBY-NC-ND
Framing YOUR article
Author:
You
What is a journal article?
You might find this blog post useful too.
What could you publish?
What could you publish?
• Literature review
• Data
• Your ‘beloved darlings’
Think of publishing something from your resea...
Framing YOUR article
Author:
You
On writing
Tell your reader …
• Context - you’re contributing to a dialogue
• Approach and method that underpin the research
• Rigour...
What/why/how
• What is your research?
• Why are you doing it?
• How are you doing it?
What/why/how
• What is your research?
What questions does it address (or ask)?
• Why are you doing it?
Why does it matter?...
PinctadamargaritiferaMHNT.CON.2002.893byDidier
Descouens,Wikipedia.CCBY-SA4.0
Emma Coonan, Editor-in-Chief
Journal of Information Literacy
e.coonan@uea.ac.uk
Twitter: LibGoddess
A bit more on writing
• Keep focused
Pin your hypothesis or question and your what/why/how analysis by
your desk.
Everything you write is direct...
• It’s iterative
Draft, redraft, draft again (and see Lamott on first drafts!)
• Find (or bribe) a proofreader
This could ...
• Free-writing
Don’t wait until you know what you want to say – get ideas out of
your head so you can reflect on and devel...
http://patthomson.net/
http://explorationsofstyle.com/
Emma Coonan, Editor-in-Chief
Journal of Information Literacy
e.coonan@uea.ac.uk
Twitter: LibGoddess
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  1. 1. Publication without tears Tips for aspiring authors EMMA COONAN JOURNAL OF INFORMATION LITERACY
  2. 2. • Inside the ‘black box’ • Framing your article • On writing
  3. 3. Have you submitted an article for publication? Do you edit or peer review already? You might enjoy this Scholarly Kitchen article if so.
  4. 4. Inside the ‘black box’ Managing editor: Cathie Jackson Book review editor: Ian Hunter
  5. 5. Articles should be … • Research-informed and evidence-based • Designed around an arguable research question • Contextualised with reference to previous and current advances in IL thinking • Methodologically robust with a demonstrable research design Publication criteria
  6. 6. • Relevance to the journal’s remit • Originality and interest to our audience • Title and abstract • Approach and method • Use of literature and referencing • Clarity of expression and structure Peer review criteria
  7. 7. • Relevance to the journal’s remit – research- or practice-based investigations into information literacy • Originality and interest to our audience - useful contribution to knowledge or good practice? • Title and abstract – appropriate wording and length and informative? • Approach and method – appropriate? rigorous? • Use of literature and referencing – good analysis of literature? Good referencing or signs of plagiarism? • Clarity of expression and structure – clear exposition of argument? Logical structure? Spell out acronyms, avoid jargon! Peer review criteria
  8. 8.  Accept for publication without amendment - almost never!  Revisions required  Major revisions required followed by peer review  Resubmit elsewhere  Decline submission Reviewer recommendations
  9. 9. Editor-in-Chief Emma Coonan
  10. 10. • Make a list of all the actions needed of you • If you can’t meet them, discuss this with the editors • Revise the paper and resubmit it • If there were comments you didn’t address, because you couldn’t or because you disagreed with them, say why • Remember that addressing these comments may unearth other suggested changes – several rounds of revisions may be required What to do with reviewer comments
  11. 11. • Make a list of all the actions needed of you Can you address them? If so, how? • If you can’t meet them, discuss this with the editors Tell us why (you can take your article elsewhere!) • Revise the paper and resubmit it with a covering letter detailing how you have addressed each comment You might also like this Storify. What to do with reviewer comments
  12. 12. • ‘Resubmit’ doesn’t mean ‘Reject’ It’s been known for authors to react as though they’re the same thing • Journals have a specific scope and remit If your article doesn’t fit, our container is the wrong shape! • We are writers too … and we know it sucks to have your writing criticised Remember …
  13. 13. Feedback should be constructive, comprehensive and courteous ... The role of peer reviewer is a privileged one and must be undertaken with empathy and integrity. JIL Author Guidelines
  14. 14.  “help[ed] to make a potentially very scary process a lot more manageable.”  “The author would like to thank …the reviewers, whose comments were invaluable.” Reviewing the reviewers
  15. 15. “I would like to thank you again for all the constructive and benevolent effort that you and your reviewers put into this review and for the graciousness with which you did it. I have been through several submission processes that have been quite impersonal and where the critical feedback has been either on the verge of cruelty or entirely neglectful. You and your reviewers stand apart …” Reviewing the reviewers
  16. 16. JIL copyeditors Lizzie Seals Sharon Lawler Helen Bader Lisa Hutchins
  17. 17. JIL Copyeditors’ advice • Use the publication template if there is one • Define acronyms and abbreviations on first use • Format your references using the journal’s house style • Ensure all in-text citations are given a full reference at the end, and that all references are cited in the text • Ensure diagrams and images are copyright-cleared and/or attributed
  18. 18. Tweet by Academia Obscura reproduced with permission Image source unknown (reddit meme)
  19. 19. Once it is published • Add it to your institutional repository if publisher permits • Tell the world - use the DOI where possible
  20. 20. OpenlockbyJiscandMattLincoln,CCBY-NC-ND
  21. 21. Framing YOUR article Author: You
  22. 22. What is a journal article?
  23. 23. You might find this blog post useful too.
  24. 24. What could you publish?
  25. 25. What could you publish? • Literature review • Data • Your ‘beloved darlings’ Think of publishing something from your research, not your thesis
  26. 26. Framing YOUR article Author: You
  27. 27. On writing
  28. 28. Tell your reader … • Context - you’re contributing to a dialogue • Approach and method that underpin the research • Rigour - the validity of your approach and findings • What/why/how of your research
  29. 29. What/why/how • What is your research? • Why are you doing it? • How are you doing it?
  30. 30. What/why/how • What is your research? What questions does it address (or ask)? • Why are you doing it? Why does it matter? What will it change? What interests/frustrates/niggles you about the topic? • How are you doing it? What’s your approach or method? How does it frame your findings? How does it help you mitigate bias?
  31. 31. PinctadamargaritiferaMHNT.CON.2002.893byDidier Descouens,Wikipedia.CCBY-SA4.0
  32. 32. Emma Coonan, Editor-in-Chief Journal of Information Literacy e.coonan@uea.ac.uk Twitter: LibGoddess
  33. 33. A bit more on writing
  34. 34. • Keep focused Pin your hypothesis or question and your what/why/how analysis by your desk. Everything you write is directed towards answering the question. • Flatpack it Dive in wherever you feel you have something to say. Write up the section which comes most naturally and compile the sections later.
  35. 35. • It’s iterative Draft, redraft, draft again (and see Lamott on first drafts!) • Find (or bribe) a proofreader This could be a colleague, friend or family member, but always get someone else to read it through! • Read critically to help you write critically Become a reviewer – or ‘buddy up’ with another aspiring author and support each other
  36. 36. • Free-writing Don’t wait until you know what you want to say – get ideas out of your head so you can reflect on and develop them • Join (or start) a writers’ group You can read why I love them in this blog post. • Break it down It’s like eating an elephant!
  37. 37. http://patthomson.net/ http://explorationsofstyle.com/
  38. 38. Emma Coonan, Editor-in-Chief Journal of Information Literacy e.coonan@uea.ac.uk Twitter: LibGoddess

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