We all know that the rise of electronic publishing has transformed academic journals. But academics haven’t focused much attention on the emergence of online submission systems, which have also served to transform academic publishing in subtle ways.
In a recent Vitae post, Karen Kelsky tackled the subject of whether you should try your luck with another journal if you receive a revise-and-resubmit decision. In general, I thought her advice was spot on, but I’d like to flesh things out a bit further, posting a few caveats and giving readers a behind-the-scenes view.
In my last article, I provided a handful of obvious tips for junior scholars on getting journal articles published. My aim wasn’t to provide a comprehensive guide to publication, but instead to highlight common (and easily rectified) issues that I see regularly as an associate editor of an academic journal. But there’s more to say. So as a follow-up, I thought I’d offer a few random reflections informed by my work as an editor and my experiences as an author.
The really obvious (but all too often ignored) guide to getting published
14 June 2014
Anyone who has ever submitted a manuscript to an academic journal will likely have had some opportunity to reflect on the capricious nature of the peer-review process. Attempting to publish is, at best, a frustrating experience. At worst, it seems that banging one’s head against a brick wall would be more fun.