Tips and Insights on Publishing and the Publication Process

On Wednesday my colleague Kim Thompson and I facilitated a workshop on publishing and the publication process. The topics we covered included:

  • The importance of good research to the field
  • What is publishable
  • Writing style, structure, and format
  • Self-editing and proofing
  • Choosing a place to publish
  • Open access and alternatives to journals
  • The referee process
  • What to do with feedback from reviewers and referees
  • The publication process

It was fun and the discussion and powerpoints are recorded in an Adobe Connect session at: Thanks to attendees and all who contributed in different ways. Below is a brief list of related resources.

Choosing a journal

Eliminate the dodgy

Beall, J. (2012). “Criteria for Determining Predatory Open-Access Publishers “, (current 6 May 2014).

Beall, J. (2014 (updated 29 April)). “Beall’s List: Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers.” (current 6 May 2014).

Understand the rankings and where your paper realistically fits.

See Web of Science Journal Citation reports (via library subscription) and Scopus SCImago ( by title and by JIF (Wos) and title and SJR (Scopus/SCImago)

Peer review

Lee, A.S. (1995) “Reviewing a manuscript for publication” Published as an invited note in
Journal of Operations Management Volume 13, Number 1 (July 1995), pp.87-92 and available online at

Although it is old by today’s standards, this paper offers sage advice for reviewers of A* and A journals in the management field, but many of the ideas are transferable to other fields. Furthermore, for authors, it provides examples of what such reviewers will be looking for.

Preview process chart and publisher example of instructions to reviewers.

Davy, Debbie. “De-Mystifying the Peer Review Process: My Experiences as a Peer Reviewer.” The Quill 16, no. 7 (April 2005)

Why papers get rejected

Pat Thompson blogs knowledgably about 7 reasons why papers get rejected

One way of addressing the “so what” question

Hernon, P., & Schwartz, C. (2007). What is a problem statement?. Library & Information Science Research, 29(3), 307-309.

CSU Library Guide on Open Access

Improving academic writing

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Silvia, P. J. (2007). How to write a lot: A practical guide to productive academic writing. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Sword, H. (2012). Stylish academic writing. Cambridge: Harvard Press.

Bennett, J. & Gorovitz, S. (1997). Improving academic writing, Teaching Philosophy 20(2).

Thompson, G. (2001). Interaction in academic writing: Learning to argue with the reader. Applied Linguistics 22(1), 58-78.

How to Improve Your Academic Writing

How do I improve my academic writing?

5 tips to improve your academic writing (ESL slant, but sound recommendations for native English speakers as well)

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