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.
Group & Organization Management
- The published paper should be up to the level which decided by reviewers
- Firstly screen
British Journal of Management
- Sent the paper if it is substantial. Even it is not, please also send them and the journal will tell you how to make it so.
- All back-log papers were published last year, so if your paper accepted
- First journal that publish the review
- 300 submission last year
- Reject quite a lot. 10% accepted
- Don’t tick the box “empirical works” in the Scholar One system
- Also publish other materials that related to your work online to help
Qualitative Journal on Organization Studies (???)
- Also publish some quantitative works
- Also interested in special issues
Journal of Managent Studies
- Top 2 in UK and EU
- 2000 submissions a year
- Worldwide Editorial Board, UK EU USA & Asia
- What we are looking for
– Rigour -> literature, Method. Present
– Relevant -> current debate , policies
– What make papers really interesting _> Don’t make readers sleepy
– Area: Strategic, Entrepreneurship, HRM, Organization Psychology
- A conference celebrate the 58th year of the journal (the lodest in the MGMT field)
Q & A
Q: Journal Ranking?
- Maintain Quality of the journal first and the rest will take care themselves.
- Not only looking to the rank of the journal only but should submit your work to the RIGHT journal
- Before submit to the journal, please read the mission and description of the journal.
Q: Contribution of review paper? -> IJMR
A: Not just a summary but raise the Methodological issues, Future trends of the subject
According to the “Meet the Editors” session at EurOMA2011, here are 5 trends in OM research.
1. Longitudinal analysis
Due to the dynamics of the business, studying a phenomenon over periods is become more critical.
2. Uses of objective data
To reduce measurement errors in surveys, objective data e.g., financial data may be considered
To be sure a creditability and reliability of data and so the results, especially in qualitative research, multiple source and analysis methods are essential.
The world is complex, hence OM truth could be explained via the lens of other disciplines such as economics or marketing or even biology.
5. Go beyond a dyad
Even though supply chain research has been recognised for a couple of decades, seldom has actually investigate the whole chain or network.
The whole chain here, I refer to “from raw materials to the end customers.
However, the main stream traditional OM research is still valid as long as they can make marginal contributions to the literature and conducted properly.