Publishing Your Psychology Research: A Guide to Writing for Journals in Psychology and Related Fields

Publishing Your Psychology Research: A Guide to Writing for Journals in Psychology and Related Fields

Publishing Your Psychology Research: A Guide to Writing for Journals in Psychology and Related Fields

Publishing Your Psychology Research: A Guide to Writing for Journals in Psychology and Related Fields

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At the outset I want to say this is not a research methodology book. There are many excellent methodology tests available and I do not want to proliferate these. However, what is lacking is a text that guides the competent early researcher through the maze of getting published.

While it has always been important for academics to be published if they wished to contribute to, and disseminate, knowledge in their field of expertise, the imperative to be published is stronger today than ever before. There are a number of reasons for this, not the least being the way in which funding to universities internationally is allocated partly in terms of research productivity and output. Furthermore, promotion and progression as an academic, in most university settings, requires an academic to be a productive researcher. Productivity is most often measured through the vigour and depth of one's research program that is reflected in the quality (and quantity) of research publications, as well as through the research grants awarded to the researcher. Hence the ‘squeeze’ is on all academics to be productive research writers.

But few academics are taught how to write their own research to maximise its potential for publication. Indeed, statistics reveal that in many research fields the average per annum publication rate per individual is very low.

Research publishing is tough. As an academic psychologist I learnt through trial and error what to do and what not to do in . . .

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