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How to Get Your Work Published in a Journal

By Anne
iHub
  Published 19 Aug 2012
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Publishing in International Academic Journals

Are you a writer/researcher/ student of Masters and PHD looking to get your work published? Have you struggled to get a good home for your research works?
It is a writer’s dream to get their work published in a journal. But what does this mean exactly? What is the benefit of getting published?
Below are some tips on publishing in International Journals, based Dr. Dorothea Kleine's sessionthat took place via Skype on the 15thof August 2012 at iHub Research.
First, Getting published in a journal is different from being published on blogs.

Academic journals are not always the most appropriate outlets for the work we do, however some benefits include: quality control through the peer review process, your works reach key scholars in the field and builds intellectual communities.

The idea of publishing for academics revolves around disseminating knowledge, getting the literary works attributed, acts as an indicator in assessing the level of impact as well as career progression.
In academic writing, often you have to backup what you are saying with facts. When your research is published in a journal, this typically means that it has been reviewed by fellow academics and accepted; giving your research work credibility.

The process of getting published involves the steps outlined below and can range from a couple of months to a year.

  1. Writing up research
  2. Targeting a journal- choosing which publishing house would be the best place for your research work.
  3. Submission to editors
  4. Editor’s decision whether article is sent out for review- your research is sent to two/three professors/academia in that area that review it and make comments. Important to note, the writer’s details are usually clocked out to prevent bias.
  5. Results of peer-review –there are 5 possible outcomes of results: Accept with no changes (almost never happens), Accept subject to minor changes, Accept subject to major changes, Revise and Resubmit, Reject and suggest alternative outlet, Reject. The best possible outcomes that you look out for on the review are those outlined in bold. However, that is not always the case and it might also not be a bad thing if your research wasn’t accepted by that journal. After receiving the review, if you get a reject, ask why, it helps you know how to improve or it could be that your work was not a better fit for that journal.
  6. Resubmit
  7. Return of proofs – authorizing publication
  8. Published online
  9. Published in printed journal
Rules of Getting Your Work Published

There are some rules outlined when trying to get your work published. They include:

Getting someone to review your work before submitting to an editor, make sure your English is of publishable standard, do take reviewers comments seriously (remember they volunteered their time to review the work), DON’T submit to more than one publisher simultaneously, citing sources of your work and NEVER giving up!
How to rate journals credibility wise

Most often journal articles on books gain highest credibility because they were reviewed by peers. Blogs are viewed with high skepticism because the content wasn’t reviewed by experts prior to publishing hence it is recommended to cite them as least as possible.

Just like one would use money as a currency to trade for an item, remember, citations are a currency amongst academics. So when you take someone’s ideas and express then in your research work, remember to cite who you got that quote from.

*If you would like the presentation notes, send an Email to: research@ihub.co.ke.

Dr Dorothea KleineDr. Kleine is a Director with an MSc Practising Sustainable Development (ICT4D specialism) at the UNESCO Chair/Centre in ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development), Royal Holloway, University of London)
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