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Jackson & Secker - Publication without tears: tips for aspirational authors

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Jackson & Secker - Publication without tears: tips for aspirational authors

  1. 1. Cathie Jackson and Jane SeckerJournal of Information Literacy
  2. 2.  Introduction to the Journal of Information Literacy Where and what to publish The peer review process How your paper will be assessed The publication process
  3. 3.  JIL is an international, peer- reviewed journal that aims to investigate information literacy in all its forms to address the interests of diverse IL communities of practice. To this end it publishes articles from both established and new authors in this field JIL welcomes contributions that push the boundaries of IL beyond the educational setting and examine this phenomenon as a continuum between those involved in its development and delivery and those benefiting from its provision
  4. 4. 3% 4% 7% Library staff LIS staff and students17% Management L&T Support staff Other 69%
  5. 5. 1% 3% 8% University 3% FE college School13% Research organisation Business 72% Government
  6. 6.  Editor-in-Chief: Jane Secker Managing Editor: Cathie Jackson Book review editor: Martin Wolf
  7. 7.  Read the author guidelines! Is your topic within scope of the journal?  JIL focuses on information literacy NOT library skills, libraries or teaching in general Peer-reviewed article or shorter project report? Read previously published articles in JIL
  8. 8.  Need to be original – are you just telling a familiar story? Refer to the literature and place the work within a wider context Evidence any claims made Follow academic convention in structure of the paper Have been carefully proof-read before submission, especially if English is not your first language Are anonymised for peer review
  9. 9.  Relevance to JIL – within our scope? Originality and interest to our audience – useful contribution to knowledge or good practice? Title and abstract – appropriate wording and length and informative? Methodology – appropriate? 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!
  10. 10. Your turn
  11. 11.  Accept for publication without amendment (almost never!) Revisions required Major revisions required followed by peer review Resubmit elsewhere Decline submission
  12. 12.  Make a list of all the actions needed of you. Can you address them? If so, how? If you can’t, discuss this with the editors –say why Revise the paper and resubmit it, with a covering letter detailing how you have addressed each comment If there were comments you didn’t implement, because you couldn’t or because you disagreed with them, note them and say why (you may want to discuss with us earlier in revision process) Remember that addressing these comments may unearth other suggested changes – several rounds of revisions may be required
  13. 13. JIL copyeditors Liz McCarthy Sharon Lawler Helen Bader
  14. 14.  Use the required template  In JIL, this also means  Use Arial 11pt for body text (if using the template, this should be default)  Number all section headings using the multilevel list option  Format headings as per the style sheet Format your references using the journal’s required style  For JIL that means the Harvard style as used by Cardiff University  Remember to convert your EndNote references to text Ensure all in-text citations are given a full reference at the end, and that all references are cited in the text
  15. 15.  Define all acronyms and abbreviations at first use Ensure all diagrams and images are copyright free and acknowledge their source And specifically for JIL:  Use British spellings  Avoid footnotes – either incorporate information into the text or list non-cited information and websites under Resources and cited sources under References  List author name, affiliation and email address for each author, in the order given in the metadata, on the article loaded for copyediting
  16. 16.  Celebrate! Let everyone know Link using the DOI Add it to your repository, acknowledging first published in JIL
  17. 17.  Gordon, Rachel Singer. 2004. The Librarians Guide to Writing for Publication. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press. HEA-ICS. 2007. Writing for publication http://www.ics.heacademy.ac.uk/events/displayevent.ph p?id=187 JIL Author Guidelines. http://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/ojs/index.php/JIL/about/submissio ns#authorGuidelines Library Success Wiki: Publishing and speaking. http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Publishing_an d_Speaking

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