|The path to publication is arduous!|
"Publication is a self-invasion of privacy." - - - Marshall McLuhan
You can't publish unless you've written something ...1. Ban thoughts of failure or rejection; by starting to write you are improving on the blank page of terror
2. Write a rough draft quickly; the quality of the writing should be worked on later
3. Familiarise yourself with an appropriate academic phrasebank
4. Learn to use a range of connectives in order to make your ideas flow
5. Avoid writing marathons - they seldom produce quality outcomes
6. Learn to use short stretches of highly focused writing time
7. Check that your have displaced all potential distractions
8. Identify SMART targets for your short periods of writing:
- Specific – target a specific area for improvement.
- Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
- Assignable – specify who will do it.
- Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
- Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.
"Democratic societies are unfit for the publication of such thunderous revelations
as I am in the habit of making." --- Salvador Dali
Finding a method and style suitable for publication9. Don't try to justify every intuition by slavishly seeking out a reference to someone else's work
10. Describe and develop your ideas
11. Broad theoretical brush-strokes are exhilarating, but remember that you are not writing the history of everything
12. Avoid going off on too many tangents as these tend to confuse editors and reviewers
13. Communicate your main point(s) early
14. Include some memorable sentences that effectively summarise your work/contribution
15. Clearly demonstrate the thought-pathways leading to your conclusions
16. A clear focus beats a sprawling display of acrobatic leaps
17. If the ideas proliferate consider splitting your project into several articles
18. Be explicit and precise about your original contribution to scholarship
19. Fine-tune your writing at a later stage
20. Ask a trusted friend/colleague to read and comment on your final copy
21. Employ a proof-reader if you are unsure about the quality of your English
22. Research the most appropriate journal for your work
23. Listen to advice from colleagues and supervisors
24. Check that the format of your article has a perfect fit with each journal's requirements
25. Revise your work to suit a journal's ethos and style guide
26. Don't be disheartened - 80 to 90% of submissions to leading journals are rejected
27. It's your chosen way of life. Enjoy!
"Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty." --- Madame de Stael
“I finished my first book seventy-six years ago. I offered it to every publisher on the English-speaking earth I had ever heard of. Their refusals were unanimous: and it did not get into print until, fifty years later publishers would publish anything that had my name on it.” ― George Bernard Shaw