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  • Coming to terms with the publishing landscape:

    Postgraduate students & ECRs and the imperative to publishSource of Image:;

  • Source of Image: to academic publishing systemSome personal anecdotes

  • Introduction to academic publishing systemWhat is academic publishing?For whom do we publish? (Audiences)Why do we publish?Tradition?Disciplinary requirements?Critical dialogues?University requirements?Love of writing?

  • What matters in the university today?Securing employment: teaching and research the norm for academicsInstitutional reputation, nationally and internationallyFundingGovernment policies, eg ERA (Excellence in Research in Australia) ranking of journals and assessments of research clustersPersonal reputation in particular fields

  • Universitys expectations of publishing during and after postgraduate studiesPressure for resultsCompetitiveness in job marketEstablishing reputation as a researcher in a field or disciplineContributing to the universitys own reputation

  • Types of publishingWhat is valued?Range of publishing options: conference proceedings, media articles, book reviews, journal articles, book chapters, books, reports, policy papers, etcSole authored and co-authoredDisciplinary requirements?

  • DISCIPLINES ARE DIFFERENT!Learn from other disciplines but fully understand publishing protocols in your own first!Some examples

  • Peer reviewWhat is it?Why does it matter?How does it operate?Understanding the rejection, revision, acceptance process

  • Comparisons between print publishing and open access (electronic publishing


    Traditional venue

    Normally attached to University presses or commercial publishers (profit motive)

    Wide range of options and qualities

    Some require payment

    Time frame from submission to publication can be long

    Depending on journal, authors may only have one or two opportunities to check or amend their articles before publication


    Growing phenomenon

    Once up and running, lower costs

    Two types: traditional journals moving to digital repositories, retaining look and feel of printelectronic journals born digital, some experimenting with format and mode of peer review

    Also attached to University presses or commercial publishers, but not always

    Time frame in theory quicker than print

    Authors may have more opportunities for amendments, both before publication and after

  • How an electronic journal worksSoftware controls processAuthors submit on linePeer review process trackedEditing and galleying process trackedAuthors can check progress, as can editors and reviewersCommunication is standardised

  • BEWAREPredatory JournalsTitles as compelling as Golden Research Thoughts,Advances in Forestry Letter,Peoples Journal of Scientific Research, andTactful Management Research JournalAssociate Professor Jeffrey Beall, Uni Colorado: Schlarly Open Access website:

  • Some basic editorial tips for meeting journal requirements

  • Select the right journalDo some sleuthing: read the journal and get a sense of its publishing contents and internal discussionsFollow the journal guidelines to the letter!If new to publishing sound out the main editor

  • Follow the journal guidelines for authors!

    Understand referencing systems

    Proof and spell check

    Dont rush to publish

    Seek advice from people in your field

  • Essential resourcesStyle Guides

  • The Value of Writing Guides