One of the most important parts of professionalization is being able to publish your research. I was lucky enough to be in a department that had a yearlong seminar dedicated to just that: But that was just the first step.
Rowena Murray offers her top tips for how to start writing that paper. Alamy 1 Have a strategy, make a plan Why do you want to write for journals?
What is your purpose? Are you writing for research assessment? Or to make a difference? Are you writing to have an impact factor or to have an impact? Do you want to develop a profile in a specific area? Will this determine which journals you write for?
Have you taken their impact factors into account? Have you researched other researchers in your field — where have they published recently? Which group or conversation can you see yourself joining?
Some people write the paper first and then look for a 'home' for it, but since everything in your article — content, focus, structure, style — will be shaped for a specific journal, save yourself time by deciding on your target journal and work out how to write in a way that suits that journal.
Having a writing strategy means making sure you have both external drivers — such as scoring points in research assessment or climbing the promotion ladder — and internal drivers — which means working out why writing for academic journals matters to you. This will help you maintain the motivation you'll need to write and publish over the long term.
Since the time between submission and publication can be up to two years though in some fields it's much less you need to be clear about your motivation.
Scan all the abstracts over the past few issues.
The first sentence usually gives the rationale for the research, and the last asserts a 'contribution to knowledge'. But the word 'contribution' may not be there — it's associated with the doctorate.
So which words are used? What constitutes new knowledge in this journal at this time? How can you construct a similar form of contribution from the work you did?
What two sentences will you write to start and end your abstract for that journal?
Scan other sections of the articles: What are the components of the argument? Highlight all the topic sentences — the first sentences of every paragraph — to show the stages in the argument.Feb 28, · To write an article, use both primary and secondary sources to gather information about your topic.
Primary sources include photos, government records, and personal interviews, while secondary sources include books, abstracts, scholarly journals, other articles, and reference books%(95).
Review Similar Types of Articles • Same manuscript type, same journal • Don’t read for content! • Read for style, flow, formatting • Make an outline of the bones of each article • Read at least 5, the more you read the easier it will be to write • Keep these to refer back to for questions that will come up.
How to Write an Article for Publication Things I wish someone would have told me! 5 Tips for Publishing Your First Academic Article. When you edit your own work, you need to give yourself plenty of time between when you actually do your writing and when you do your editing.
Cite articles from the journal to which you are submitting. 5 Tips for Publishing Your First Academic Article Publishing an article in an academic journal can be a frustrating process that demands a substantial commitment of time and hard work.
Nevertheless, establishing a record of publication is essential if you intend to pursue a career as an academic or scientific researcher. Jul 04, · How to Submit Articles to Publications. In this Article: Choosing the Right Publication Preparing Your Article Submitting Your Article Community Q&A Maybe you've been writing for a while and are ready to try to get a piece published.
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