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Publication without tears: tips for aspiring authors - Jane Secker & Cathie Jackson

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Publication without tears: tips for aspiring authors - Jane Secker & Cathie Jackson

  1. 1. Publication without tears: tips for aspiring authors Cathie Jackson and Jane Secker Journal of Information Literacy
  2. 2. We plan to look at • 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 • Writing tips
  3. 3. Scope 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. 2007 onwards Two issues a year (June, December) Open access journal Free to view and free to publish
  5. 5. JIL editors Managing Editor: Cathie Jackson Editor-in-Chief: Jane Secker Book review editor: Ian Hunter
  6. 6. Writing for a journal • 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
  7. 7. Articles for peer review: • 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
  8. 8. Exercise Turning LILAC presentations or project reports into peer-review articles
  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! JIL reviewers’ criteria
  10. 10.  Accept for publication without amendment (almost never!)  Revisions required  Major revisions required followed by peer review  Resubmit elsewhere  Decline submission Peer reviewers recommend:
  11. 11.  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 What to do with reviewer comments
  12. 12. Once accepted, the paper is passed to copyediting JIL copyeditors Liz McCarthy Sharon Lawler Helen Bader Lisa Hutchins
  13. 13. Our copyeditors’ advice  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
  14. 14.  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 Our copyeditors’ advice [2]
  15. 15. Once it is published  Celebrate!  Let everyone know  Link using the DOI  Add it to your repository, acknowledgi ng first published in JIL
  16. 16. Tips for aspiring authors • Keep focused. Pin your central hypothesis or question by your desk and make sure that everything you write is directed towards supporting and answering that question • Don’t worry about starting in the middle! Write up the section which comes most naturally and work out from there • Practise (and reflect on) what you teach - finding the key research, synthesising the literature, citing and referencing
  17. 17. Tips for aspiring authors [2] • Find your place and space to think and write • Break it down…. it’s like how you eat an elephant • Present your ideas early and let them grow • Writing is an iterative process, draft, redraft, draft again • Find a good proof reader – a colleague, friend, family member, but always get someone else to read it through! • Become a peer reviewer, or a book reviews writer, but learn to read critically to help you write critically
  18. 18. Useful resources • Gordon, Rachel Singer. 2004. The Librarian's 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/submission s#authorGuidelines • Nicholson, S. 2006. Writing your first scholarly article: a guide for budding authors in librarianship. Information Technology and Libraries 25(2) 108-111. Available at: http://bibliomining.com/nicholson/firstarticle.htm

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