How to Get Published

Are you choosing the right journal for your research?

With so many journals to choose from you may need a little guidance…

Think, check, submit is a trusted online service with a useful checklist that will help you determine whether you are submitting to the right journal.  If you can answer ‘yes’ to most of their questions then you can be confident that your chosen journal is easily discoverable with a suitable reputation.

Writing and submission

Publication in peer-reviewed journals is a key part of the research process, enabling you to communicate your ideas and findings to the rest of the research community and demonstrate impact within your field. Having a track record of published papers is also important for career development and therefore a crucial step for many doctoral and early career researchers.

Writing your article for publication

We have a number of resources available to support you through the writing and submission process:

  • For a very quick overview, see our handy two-page guide on how to get published. Chinese authors chinese version here.
  • This presentation, delivered to the University of Sussex Research Hive in July 2012, is designed to navigate first time authors through every stage of the peer review and publication process. Topics include: choosing the right journal, preparing a manuscript for peer review, handling revisions, what to expect post publication, ways to maximise the impact and dissemination of published work and information about publication ethics, copyright and intellectual property rights.
  • Dr Lucinda Becker at the University of Reading provides a practical two-part video presentation on how to get your journal article published.

Submission guidelines

For specific advice on submitting to your chosen journal, please have a look at the guidelines provided on the relevant journal’s homepage. View all of our journals here.

Additional "how to" resources

Check out the SAGE Connection blog for useful posts on a variety of topics, including academic writing, selecting the right journal for your work, the peer review process and more: http://connection.sagepub.com/tips-for-you/. 

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