A Guide to Publication in Educational Technology

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A presentation delivered at the 2008 SITE International Conference, Las Vegas, March 5, 2008.

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A Guide to Publication in Educational Technology

  1. 1. A Guide to Publication in Educational Technology Steve C. Yuen, Ph.D. Professor University of Southern Mississippi E-mail: Steve.Yuen@usm.edu and Patrivan K. Yuen Technical Services/Systems Librarian William Carey University E-mail: pyuen@wmcarey.edu 2008 SITE International Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 5, 2008
  2. 2. Reason for Writing for Professional Journals • Reporting research and new ideas • Sharing ideas • Satisfaction • Providing instruction • Achieving recognition • Getting Tenure and promotion
  3. 3. Planning Before Writing • Have an idea and/or identify the specific journal. • Determine the audience, types of articles published in the journal, and the type of journal. • Review a recent issue of the journal • Send a letter of inquiry to the editor to determine if a manuscript is appropriate for a specific journal.
  4. 4. Types of Journal Articles • Research articles • Quantitative research • Qualitative research • Descriptive articles • Practice-based articles • Position papers • Book reviews
  5. 5. Journal Survey • An online survey conducted in April 2007. • 70 editors from various journals related to educational technology were invited to participate. • 42 editors responded in 6 weeks. • Consisted of 27 items such as journal title, name of editor, email address, frequency of issue, publication format, circulation, audience, acceptance rate, refereed/non refereed journal, number of readings, desired length of articles, preferred style, submission and review process, and publishing fee if any.
  6. 6. Journal Survey Results • Frequency of Issue • range from 2 to 12 per year • average is about 4 issues per year • Publication Format • 63% printed, 37 online • Acceptance Rate • range from 9% to 80% • Average acceptance rate is about 32% • Refereed • 93% refereed, 7% non-refereed
  7. 7. Journal Survey Results (Cont.) • Number of Readings • range from 1 to 8 times • average is about 2.7 times • Time for Editorial Decision • range from 2 to 36 weeks • average is about 12 weeks • Time for Publication • range from 2 weeks to 2 years • average is about 20.6 weeks
  8. 8. Journal Survey Results (Cont.) • Preferred Style • 74% APA • 12% Chicago • 10% Others • 2% MLA • 2% Turabian • Author’s Guidelines • 93% Yes, 7% No • Electronic Submission • 95% Yes, 5% No
  9. 9. Journal Survey Results (Cont.) • Open Submission • 100% Yes • Copies Needed for Submission • range from 1 to 5 copies • Editorial Assistance • 79% Yes, 21% No • Honorarium Paid • 5% Yes, 95% No • Complimentary Issue for Author • 69% Yes, 31% No
  10. 10. http://journal.yuen.us/
  11. 11. By Acceptance Rate http://journal.yuen.us/
  12. 12. Advance Search http://journal.yuen.us/
  13. 13. Before Starting to Write • Drop down ideas in a free form and create a general outline for the paper. • What is the message of the paper? • What is the new result or contribution that you want to describe? • What do you want to convince readers of?
  14. 14. Writing the Manuscript • Tell them what you set up to do • Tell them what you did • Tell them what you found • Discuss what you found • Follow the style and format
  15. 15. Writing Tips • Organize your paper logically and coherently. • Have a clear structure. • Be clear, crisp, simple, informal and direct. • Use active verbs and straightforward language so readers can tell who did what, when, and where. • Let your scholarship show in the depth and insight of what you have to say, not in the way you say it. • Bear in mind what your task is to explain, describe and clarify – not to impress the reader or to complicate the topic. • Minimize your use of gimmicks such as capitalization, underlining or italics. • Use strong, simple openings and closings.
  16. 16. Submitting the Manuscript • Have your colleagues or co-authors critically evaluate the manuscript before sending it to a journal. • Follow submission guidelines. • Double-check and triple-check your manuscript is error-free (including grammatical errors, stylistic errors). • Masking the submission (remove all references to your name and other info that would reveal your identity). • Send your manuscript out to only one journal at a time.
  17. 17. The Review Process • Preliminary editorial review • Editorial review (2 to 4 reviewers) • Double-masked review process. • Take several weeks or months for reviewers to complete their review. • The editor’s decision • Revise and Resubmit • Accept Pending Revision • Reject
  18. 18. Common Problems • Lack of fit between the manuscript and the chosen journal. • Failure to establish the importance of the topic. • Too many grammatical, spelling, or other mechanical errors. • Failure to employ the writing style designated by the chosen journal. • Poor choice of title; incomplete or otherwise inappropriate literature review. • Lack of organization. • Methodological problems. • Data analysis problems. • Lack of coherent conclusions, limitations, or implications.
  19. 19. Tips for Successful Publishing • Budget sufficient time for first draft, second, and third draft. • Get feedback from colleagues and professors. • Ask for criticism, not praise. • Find out the genre of the intended journal as well as the acceptance rate. • Aim for journals in your field for which the manuscript is appropriate. You will get the best feedback from more prestigious journals. • Check the journal guidelines before sending your manuscript.
  20. 20. THE END Questions or Comments? Thank You for Attending Our session! This presentation is available on the Web at: www.slideshare.net/scyuen/

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