Getting Published

Paul-F Tremlett, Arts & Liz McFall, Social Science
» Publishing your research is a good way to
engage different publics with your work;
» It is vital to your academic career to publish
your research so that it can be evaluated as
part of the Research Excellence Framework;
» You can publish in a variety of ways. In the Arts
and Social Sciences, the most common
publications are blogs, academic journal
articles, essays in an edited collection,
monograph or mass market publication;
» First experiences of getting published are
typically a book review in an academic journal
or a blog post;
» Articles may develop from particular chapters
of the PhD and/or from conference papers;
» An original contribution to contemporary
debate – your work might develop new
theoretical or methodological perspectives or
contribute new data;
What is a blog?
Maintaining a blog
How long is a blog piece?
What should I write about?
» I am going to focus the next part of the presentation on getting
published in a peer-reviewed, academic journal. Typical questions:
Which journal should I choose?
What referencing style should I use?
Can I include photographs/diagrams?
How do I submit my article?
Should I collaborate/co-write?
How long should my article be?
What is peer review?
What if I get rejected?
What is open access?
» Academic Journals use standard on-line
submission systems for authors;
» I am going to walk you through this site to
address some of the questions I posed on the
previous slide.
» Let’s visit the site...
» Instructions and Forms
» Reviewer Centre
» Author Centre
» What if I get rejected?
» There are many reasons articles are rejected:
bad journal selection;
» Bad peer-review;
» Unfocused submission;
» Plagiarism;
» Article under consideration elsewhere;
» No original contribution;
» Always consult with your supervisors about
your publishing plans;
» Don’t let it distract you from your PhD;
» A word about open-access: the ideology of
open access is that it means your research is
available, globally, to anyone. Don’t fall for
journals that want to charge you £££s for open
» Good luck!