Publishing in English Language Journals

Publishing in English Language Journals

Disseminating Your Research: Tips on Publishing Journal Articles Presented by Ellen Mutari and Kristin Jacobson, Faculty Fellows, Institute for Faculty Development. Based on PowerPoint originally created by Deborah M. Figart. A Typical Journal Review Process Initial submission to Editor coach Screened for fit/quality Sent to Co-Editor or Associate Editor bounce (desk rejection) Sent to Referees Referees reports to Editor/Assoc. Editor Reject Accept Revise & Resubmit Re-reviewed R & R can end up as R & R again Definitions: the Reviewing Process Double-blind refereeing

Single-blind refereeing Author does not know names of Referees Referees do know name of Author Special Issues or Invited Papers Author does not know names of Referees Referees do not know name of Author Author papers are refereed Referees often include special issue editor(s) Journal may share name(s) of referees with Author Single vs. double/multiple submission: Know the expectations! Journals in the sciences may allow you to submit to multiple journals at once for the same paper. Social science & humanities journals do NOT.

Top Ten List for Successful Journal Publication 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 1 idea, 1 paper. Know the journal. Style is important. The Introduction is crucial to the papers success. Dont overdo it. Save words for the main text Edit, edit, edit for high-quality English and grammar. Revisions: Do not lengthen the paper! In a separate Letter to the Editor, specify clearly to the Editor(s) and Referees about changes requested and completed. Keep submissions in the pipeline: Dont put all your eggs in one basket! Consider journal special issues and book chapters. Volunteer to discuss/referee. Use professional networks. Bonus: Learn from others experiences! 1. 1 idea, 1 paper. Relate your research to an open question being discussed or debated in the discipline[s].

Stay current. Dont respond to outdated argument. Editors and referees want to read a paper that is novel, engaging, interesting, current. Editors want research that is focused: clarity, clarity, clarity. Your title should be a clue. Does it sound like it is focused on supporting one, clear conclusion? Avoid things about 2. Research selected journals for fit & quality. What topics have been published in the last 5 volumes? Are you aiming too high? too low? Types of journals:

Enter an existing conversation. Would the journal be open to your scholarship? A general journal A field journal A journal reflecting a particular theoretical perspective Are scholars like you likely to read that journal regularly and cite articles from that journal? Try to have specific journal (and backup) in mind BEFORE you start writing. Stay open-minded: The best fit for your paper may change/evolve as you are writing the paper! 2. Cont.: How to judge journal quality Deb Figarts White Paper on Journal Citation Indexes and Journal Quality posted on IFD website: under Helpful Links.

UlrichsWeb and MLA Directory of Periodicals available Questions to consider: Is the journal associated with a recognized professional association in your field? Who publishes? What other journals are in the publishers portfolio? Who is the Editor? The members of the Editorial Board? Is it peer reviewed? What is the review process? Look for information on acceptance rates, impact factors, and other quantitative measures of quality. Are submission fees common in your discipline? Watch out for Predatory Publishers (especially Open Access or online)! List of predatory journals: Additional criterion: Be wary of online solicitations from unknown journalsjust as you would be wary if they were telling you about money in an overseas bank account! Do you know anyone personally who has published in the journal? Have you heard of anyone who has published there? Remember: You will be expected to demonstrate quality in your faculty review file. 3. Style is important. Keep to the journals specified length (shorter is better). Follow the journals style guide & manuscript submission guidelines. Editors and referees want to know that you arent phishing around for any journal.

Section Titles, and format References style Footnotes or Endnotes Policy on data, models, and regression analysis Are acknowledgments allowed? If you dont see them in print, dont use them. The paper title should be informative, not wordy. The paper must be organized. Editors will skim the paper to see if it is well organized. 4. The Introduction is key. Editors will read the introduction first. They may stop reading there if The typical paper opens with why the topic is important and your key contributions.

Some journals expect a paragraph summarizing how the manuscript is laid out. Others dont. Read other articles to know the culture. Do not include a second introduction with a background or history of the topic. Headings lead the reader through the manuscript. The hackneyed [commonplace] structure is a good place to start, but you do not have to use it: 1. 2. 3. 4. Introduction Literature Review Results Summary and Conclusions The structure must be appropriate to the journal and your paper. 5. Dont overdo it. Journal articles are getting shorter. 10,000 7,000 words. Do a literature review, but keep it brief. Embed previous findings where appropriate:

Save words for the main text, not an overly long list of references. In historical or theoretical presentation In methodology or theory section(s) In results section(s) Even in summary and conclusions Its important to show that you read the literature, but reference lists are getting shorter. Do not play games of citing authors that would be friendly to the paper; editors easily catch onto this. Every word or word-equivalent in a table or chart counts as a word against the word limit! A journal article does not have15- 20 tables. Information presented in tables should stand alone, and every table included should be summarized. Remember: 1 idea, 1 paper. 6. Edit, edit, edit for high-quality English.

Dont depend on the journal employing a copy editor. Make it easy for referees and readers across the globe to understand your paper. Referees are frustrated with argument flow when the manuscript is poorly written. After you think youre ready to submit, leave it aside for a few days. Then look again to be sure. Remember to ask colleagues to read your manuscript before you submit it. Then thank them for their assessment. 7. Revisions: length, letter Few articles are accepted in the 1st round of reviewing. In a revision, do not lengthen the paper. Most Authors receive Revise & Resubmit letters, so be prepared for this; allow for this in your career advancement timeline.

The only exception to the word-limit rule: when the Editor has allowed more words, this will be specified by the Editor in a note to the Author. Write a separate letter to the Editor. Specify clearly to the Editor (page number, paragraph) what changes were requested are where changes were made. If a change was not made, explain why. Outline any other changes in terms of argument, ideas, results, etc. Rarely, if ever, complain to the Editor about a decision or ask that the paper be sent to an additional referee. Any questions about referee comments or conflicted recommendations? Write the Editor. 8. Keep submissions in the pipeline Dont put all of your eggs in one basket! Few articles or book chapters are published in less than one year from

the initial submission When possible, stage your research so that you have 31859446012 Project in the research stage Project in the writing/revision stage Project in submission 9. Consider journal special issues and book chapters. Special issues focus on a theme. They often have special, named editors.

Special issues are highly cited because people looking for research on the theme read them. Sometimes, they have a higher Monday,(June(17,(2013(12:33:21(PM(Eastern(Daylight(Time Subject: The$Review$of$Black$Political$Economy,$Vol.$40,$Issue$1$?$New$Issue$Alert Date: Monday,$May$20,$2013$3:12:10$AM$Eastern$Daylight$Time From: To: Springer Figart,$Deb $ Monday, May 20$ $ Dear Deborah Figart,$ We are pleased to deliver your requested table of contents alert for The Review of Black Political Economy. Volume 40 Number 1 is now available on SpringerLink. Register for Springer's email services providing you with info on the latest books in your field. ... More! Important News! Author Satisfaction is central to our philosophy! What our authors say: 88 % rated their experience of publishing in a Springer journal as very good or excellent and 94 % would publish with us again!* Why not publish your next paper in a Springer journal?

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Page(1(of(3 10. Volunteer to discuss/referee. Use professional networks. Even though the process is often double-blind, getting past the Editor is easier if they know your name. Be a good discussant/referee: Volunteer to discuss papers at a conference and referee for a journal/conference paper. Offer to write book reviews so journal gets to know you. You are joining a community of scholars. And you learn a lot. Meet deadlines Write high-quality reports that are unbiased, not derisive Make overall suggestions (big picture) as well as specific suggestions for improvement When you referee a lot for a particular journal and your reviews are high-quality, you may be asked to join the

Editorial Board. Upcoming IFD Events February 10, 12:30 pm, CCMR2: So You Want to Get a Grant: Navigating internal and external funding sources Lisa Rosner, Distinguished Professor of History; Director, Honors Program February 18, 12:45 pm, location TBD: Dealing with Students Mental Health Disclosures Christine Ferri, Associate Professor of Psychology March 4th, 12:45 pm, CCMR2: Disseminating Your Research: Tips on Publishing Books Kristin Jacobson (Literature) and Ellen Mutari (Economics) This workshop will provide lessons from the facilitators experiences getting scholarly books published and refereeing manuscript proposals for publishers. We will review the different types nonfiction books (monographs, anthologies, text books), how to evaluate the reputation of publishers, and the elements of a strong book proposal. Time will be left for Q&A. March 24th, 12:00 1:15 pm, F121: Creative Teaching Forum: Teaching Large Section Classes Organized by IFD Fellows Liz Shobe and Mike Frank, this session will include a panel of faculty and students discussing the challenges and merits of teaching and learning in large classes.

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