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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




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Highly informative for all who wish to have an article published in a journal. It gives hints and tips around the complex systematic process to save you time and energy achieving your aim

Mrs Stella Cosgrove
Human Resource Depatment Training and Development, Lancashir teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
April 15, 2013

This is a fantastic text for anyone in the final stages of a PhD. The section on writers block was particularly appertaining to me, as I suffer from 'boredom' and 'distraction'. As a result I have taken up the advice of the author and decided to fill in this feedback to reduce stress levels by completing one of my many tasks!

Dr Peter Thain
Sport & Exercise Science & Sports Ther, Hertfordshire University
April 5, 2013

We encourage the students to publish their work and this maybe of use to some. I thought it was a good guide to writing for publishing and will recommend it to colleagues and others.

Ms Chris Gordon
Community Nursing, University Campus Suffolk
March 24, 2013

Does not emphasise the utility of working with a strong co-author.

I did not find the list of websites at the end of Chapter 1 very helpful.

More examples generally would help.

It does not highlight the need to carry out research as a prerequisite to most academic writing.

I did not find the section on choosing a journal very helpful. What about advising students to check back copies for the last 10 years? What about interpreting impact factors? What about emailing the editor with a 1 page abstract / summary? Again, examples would have helped here.

What about advising people to fit writing into their everyday lifestyle and how this might be done practically.

The revising section (called editing in this book and hidden in the middle of another chapter) is really important. More useful advice could have been given here.

The polishing section could have included information on the practicalities of submitting an article to a journal. Eg. Do you use their template? How to organise tables and figures; Referencing style; Using referencing software; etc.

Chapter 7 could have been structured better - e.g. advice before and after submission. In the former part the emphasis should be on minimising the chances of a rejection. In the latter part it should talk about what are the possible outcomes and the importance of developing from the opportunity to give a major rewrite.

It is good to have Chapter 8 as this issue is often ignored.

It would have been useful to have explored the process of developing as an academic writer from conference proceedings and newsletters to peer reviewed international journal articles. Also developing a community of co-authors is useful.

Dr Peter Samuels
Library & Learning Resources, Birmingham City University
March 13, 2013

Success in research: publishing journal articles contains nine chapters covering what students and researchers need to know about publishing research in a journal article or book chapter. The first three chapters cover selecting what students and researchers should think about when seeking to publish materials in terms of selecting a topic to write about and where to publish, as well as, how to plan and map out ideas. Chapters four through to six discuss strategies for coping with writers block, choosing the right academic writing style and which academic conventions to follow in relation to structuring the article or book chapter for publication, as well as learning when to stop writing. Chapters seven and eight provide information about what to expect when working with editors and reviewers, the processes involved when addressing reviewer changes and how to deal with rejection when submitting journal articles and book chapters for publication. Chapter nine discusses what students and researchers should be aware of in relation to intellectual property rights when offering research out to the wider academic community and public domain. The reading level of this text is suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers who are interested in publishing research materials from a dissertation, thesis or research project. The information in this book is recommended to anyone who is new to the conventions of academic writing for publication.

Mr Gary McKenna
School of Computing, University of the West of Scotland
February 6, 2013

A interesting book with clear information on how to write and publish a journal article. Full of useful hints and tips for early writers!

Mrs Nikki Fairchild
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
February 5, 2013

This is a handy little book with an entertaining 'cheeky' style. I am long in the tooth now and have published extensively, but I wish I had this book when I started out, as the publication of your first peer-reviewed article is scary stuff.

Mr Neil Van Dokkum
Dept of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
January 31, 2013

This really does tell the reader 'how to do it' - which is great.

I especially like the start of the book 'Why are you going to write an article?' This actually makes the reader question their motives and whether this is the correct move to make here and now.

It has ideas for getting started and then for keeping going using a multitude of suggestions and solutions, to suit a multitude of potential writers.

And then of course, coping with rejection - something we all have to do.

Dr Martin Benwell
Allied Health Sciences, London South Bank University
November 15, 2012

A useful guide for new teachers in terms of publishing research carried out during and post their completion of the module

Dr Jane Jackson
Teaching and Quality, Adult Education Centre
November 12, 2012

This is a great book for new post graduate students who may be considering translating some of their research into journal articles. It offers step-by-step guidance in an easy, quick style.

Dr Jane Jackson
Faculty of Education & Lang Studies, The Open University
November 12, 2012

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