PhD Tips: Publishing a Journal Article in Social Science
Here are the Tips I have learnt from the doctoral training on “Publishing a journal article in social science” by Dr.Sara Delamont at Cardiff University, UK. (10 April 2012)
Type of publication
- Kickstarts with Book Review. Then you will learn about the publishing process. Get in touch with the book review editor of the journal you are interested to publish a research article in the future.
- Research note is another good way to get start. It is relative short. There is usually less review time and difficulty.
- Book chapter is another alternative. It is better to publish in a peer-reviewed book.
- Academic peer-review journal is the top quality type of academic publication. One of the main reason is they are peer-reviewed.
How to select the journals
- Journals that fit with your subject
- Journals you read
- Consider audience of the journals. Who read it?
- Call for papers if it fits your paper. But it could be more competitive than normal submission.
- Rejection Rate. Some journals publish the rate. If not, you may ask the editors.
- STATUS including Impact Factor (refer to how much papers in that journal have been cited in other journals), Editors, Editorial board.
- Format of the journal
- In the right Length
- Since one of the reviewers often from the editorial board. You should have read their papers before unless it may be not the right journal for you.
- Accept without correction – Unlikely happen
- Accept with minor revision – Very good possible outcome
- Revise and resubmit – Look at the feedback and Consider if you can do the required revisions.
- Wrong journal – Consider other journal and your decision!
- Reject – Revise the paper according to the feedback you receive. Improve the paper and resubmit to the same journal or other journals
How to deal with the feedback and revisions
- Be realistic.
- Reply that the feedbacks are useful (even though they are not)
- Reply what you will revise in the manuscript and how long it would take aproximately (be realistic!)
- Compile the feedbacks fro different reviewers. Make a table consisting of issues in the feedback and reviewers.
- Revise the issues that are mentioned by all reviewers.
- For the issues that are not mentioned by all reviewers, if you d not want to review, give the courtesy and explain why you have not done so.
- After finishing the revision, write a systematic report to the editor what the reviewers said and what you have done with the page of the correction. The report may be in a table format.