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how to get published

  1. 1. Publishing in Academic Journals: a beginner’s guide Rebecca Launchbury Senior Commissioning Editor, Educational Research Journals
  2. 2. Why publish? —Registration: to establish priority —Certification: acknowledgement of the quality of the research —Dissemination: sharing research findings —Archiving: permanent version of record —Improvement: secure future funding and career enhancement
  3. 3. Choosing the right journal — Subject coverage — Specialist vs generalist — Prestige — Impact Factor and subject rankings — Refereeing standards — Turnaround times and acceptance rates — Ease of access and (perceived) quality — Audience — Circulation and reach — Society journals (membership) — Types and length of articles — Research articles, review essays, communications, debates etc — Open Access Options
  4. 4. Writing the article; or: What editors want — Good match to journal scope — Standalone, original piece of work — Substantive and new intervention or argument — Approach, method and data sources need to be clear — Existing literature needs to be taken into account and referenced
  5. 5. Writing the article - don’t forget.. Author guidelines • Journal style and article types • Word limits • Details on how to submit figures (remember: permissions) • Copyright and licensing information Abstract • • • • Most widely read part of your article! What is the article about? Approach, key findings, implications Keywords: key topics and trends; use well established terms
  6. 6. Ethics: some golden rules — Articles should always be submitted to one journal at a time —The same article should not be published in more than one place — Several articles based on the same research must each make a unique contribution —Acknowledge all those that have contributed to the work —Cite thoroughly and accurately
  7. 7. The peer review process
  8. 8. Types of peer review —Single blinded — Double blinded — Open peer-review — Post-publication peer-review
  9. 9. What to expect from peer reviewers — — — — — Are recognised experts in the field Read, assess and feedback on your work Will not rewrite your article for you Are a precious resource Are not the enemy! (Picture credit: Science Blog)
  10. 10. Types of Decision — Vary by journal — Accept (rare!) — Accept with minor revisions — Accept with major revisions — Reject and resubmit — Reject
  11. 11. Survival tips! — Seek help with language and statistics if you need to (before submission!) — Understand that Editors and reviewers are trying to improve your paper — Accept feedback as a learning experience — Persistence pays – answer questions and address requests for revisions in a clear and timely fashion — Seek out Editors at conferences, ‘Meet the Editor’ sessions etc. —Read and heed author guidelines!
  12. 12. The production process
  13. 13. Search Engine Optimisation Essential to success in an online publishing environment — Title and abstract — Must contain key words and phrases that tell the search engine what the article is about — Descriptive titles always work — Consider how readers search: phrases rather than words (‘women’s fiction’ vs ‘fiction’) — Encourage links to publisher’s site — Don’t sacrifice readability – write for humans not robots
  14. 14. Open Access – a new(ish) choice Digital/online content which can be accessed without payment by readers globally —Now an accepted and growing aspect of publishing —Often mandated by institutions and funders —Hybrid journals vs ‘born OA’
  15. 15. Open Access Gold Open Access — Immediate access the Version of Record (VoR) of a publication via the publishers platform in exchange for payment of a Article Publication Charge (APC); usually free of many conventional licensing and copyright restrictions Green Open Access — Access without payment to a version of the publication (not VoR) via a repository, often after an embargo period
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