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Publishing Journal Articles

Publishing Journal Articles

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January 2012 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
  • How do I go about writing a journal article?
  • How do I maximise my chances of getting it published in a top journal?
  • How do I know what journal to select?
  • How do I best adapt my research work in order to get published?

In this accessible, informative and entertaining book, Becker and Denicolo introduce the best practical strategies available to help you maximise your chances of success in getting your work published in the journal of your choice.


This book offers down-to-Earth advice on such vital topics as:

  • How to write and get the style right
  • What to select for publication
  • How to plan for success
  • How to cope with writer's block
  • Working with editors and reviewers
  • How to cope with rejection

This is a must-have book for anyone seeking to write for successful journal publication.

The Success in Research series, from Cindy Becker and Pam Denicolo, provides short, authoritative and accessible guides on key areas of professional and research development.  

Avoiding jargon and cutting to the chase of what you really need to know, these practical and supportive books cover a range of areas from presenting research to achieving impact, and from publishing journal articles to developing proposals. They are essential reading for any student or researcher interested in developing their skills and broadening their professional and methodological knowledge in an academic context.

When, What and Where to Publish
Why Are You Going to Write an Article?

When Should You Write an Article?

What Should You Publish?

Where Should You Place an Article?

Selecting Your Topic/Adapting Your Work
Selecting Your Topic

Adapting Your Work

Planning and Getting Started
Spider Charts

Flow Charts


Mind Mapping

Coping with Writer's Block
Getting the Style Right
Your Writing Style

If You Are Writing in Your Second Language

The Structure of Your Article

The Abstract

The Introduction

The Article on the Page

Signposting and Structure

Presenting Technical Data

Textual Options

Concluding Your Article

The Language of Your Article

Your Readership

Writing Simply

Improving Your Style

Editing Your Article

Polishing Your Article

Learning How to Stop Writing Your Article
Why You Need to Stop

Why You Cannot Seem to Stop

Learning How to Stop

And Then Not Really Stopping

Working with Editors and Reviewers
Recovering from Rejection
Telling People

Prepare for Rejection

Use the Reviews

Make a Plan of Action

Intellectual Property Rights
Some Final Thoughts

Further Reading




Success in Research free tools

A collection of free tips, exercises and resources from all books in the Success in Research series

Master's students in our programme need to submit a manuscript for publication before graduation. The book by Becker and Denicolo ("Publishing Journal Articles") provide students with an excellent basis of how to write a journal article. HIghly recommended for all academic staff.

Dr Ensa Johnson
Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, University of Pretoria
April 15, 2014

An important resource for students who need to publish their research during or after their studies.

Dr Ensa Johnson
Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, University of Pretoria
October 8, 2015

Good introductory guidelines for writing articles.

Miss Anita Finnegan
Department of Computing, Dundalk Institute of Technology
December 4, 2013

Really useful text for students who would like to go on to publish material from their research dissertation. Lucinda's book provides useful guidelines to enable novice researchers to navigate the field of publishing their material.

Dr Valda Swinton
Social Studies and Counselling, Chester University
December 4, 2013

A good guide to help students with the publishing process.

Mrs Alison Williams
School of Health, Glyndwr University
October 25, 2013

limited application for PGCE students, though good hints on writing style which has been supportive for my students for whom English is not a first language

Elaine Pattison
Department of Education, Newman University College
October 21, 2013

there are enough Dutch books on this theme. Dutch is prefered language for our students

Dr Lmm Houweling
Instituut voor Ecologische Pedagogiek, Hogeschool Utrecht
September 9, 2013

Whist the book was extremely useful to me personally, this would only be relevant to a small number of students on the MSc course, hence the supplemental adoption rather than recommended.

Mrs Nina Quinlan
Sport, Health, Leisure and Nutrition, Leeds Trinity and All Saints
September 9, 2013

A very easily read volume, provides great tips all along the way from deciding your topic to dealing with rejection. The Exercises throughout the chapters are valuable for being specific to your own topic. As a guide on writing, it is really useful, with practical hints that early careers will find helpful.

Dr Joanne Hill
School of Sport & Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University
June 25, 2013

Recommended to students to students that end up publishing

Professor Marie-Louise Barry
Operations Management, Tswhane University of technology
May 4, 2013

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