More Good Advice for Publishing in Journals

Hugh McLaughlin, a journal editor, wrote “How to increase your likelihood of publishing in peer reviewed journals.” Some highlights:

Address “SO WHAT?”

“You might want to consider some key questions: does your article contribute new knowledge? Does it offer a unique way to address a social problem or policy dilemma? Will it have implications for practice?”

Revise, Revise,  Revise

“Once you start writing it’s important to remember that each paragraph and page is only a draft.”

Know Your Journal

“Editors like to see that potential authors are aware of the journal and its content.”

Theory is Important

“Infusion refers to the infusion of theory into the manuscript, providing readers with new ways of provoking discussion, challenge and applications to practice. It was noted in our recent publication that “articles that are theoretically strong receive the most citations”. ”

Respond to Each Reviewer

“Respond to each reviewer separately showing how you have addressed the points they have raised.”

Rejection is Good, but Time Is Better

“You may want to consider putting the manuscript aside for a period so that in time you may gain a fresh perspective on it, consider how it can be improved and where you can resubmit it.”