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:
- 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.
- Find out about journals’ publishing guidelines and familiarise myself with them… to make the process of writing easier and worthwhile.
- Check for special issues where my research would fit.
- Submit one article by the end of 2012.
So wish me luck, and I will let you know how it all goes soon…