Publications plan

I am preparing a publications plan! Big words, very ambitious, but where did the inspiration actually come from? I attended a workshop a few weeks ago where Simon Linacre, a Senior Publisher from Emerald, spoke about the publishing process in the Social Sciences and provided expert advice in the form of comprehensive Top Tips.

Top Tip #1    Be ‘savvy’    Don’t give an Editor a good reason to put your article in the wrong pile!

Top Tip #2    Send a letter    Opportunity to speak to the editor…

Top Tip #3    Improve dissemination    By writing a short descriptive title,good abstract and clear and correct references.

(S. Linacre, January 2012, The University of Manchester workshop)

So falling in love with the straightforwardness of these tips, I decided to finally get my publication plan going.

At the beginning of this year, I decided that my aim will be to publish three journal articles by the time I complete my PhD studies. All three publications will be fit around the three stages of data analysis – primary school stage (Year 6), secondary school stage (Year 7) the following term, and the final stage of putting the evidence for transition together. Broadly speaking, I still have a lot of work to do in order to clarify the publishing process for myself but this is not a reason to not give it a try here and now… Following the advice of Mr Linacre, I have divided the process in the following steps:

  1. Find out about journals that publish material relevant to my field – I have already started addressing this by looking at what journals EAL research get published.
  2. Find out about journals’ publishing guidelines and familiarise myself with them… to make the process of writing easier and worthwhile.
  3. Check for special issues where my research would fit.
  4. Submit one article by the end of 2012.

So wish me luck, and I will let you know how it all goes soon…

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