Getting Published: A Guide for Lecturers and Researchers

Getting Published: A Guide for Lecturers and Researchers

Getting Published: A Guide for Lecturers and Researchers

Getting Published: A Guide for Lecturers and Researchers

Synopsis

This handy guide will furnish prospective writers with all they need to know about the serious business of getting their work published. Based on a series of seminars by the author himself, it provides guidelines on submitting papers in journals, chapters in books, articles in newspapers and sensible advice on approaching publishers with book proposals. Written with refreshing honesty and unfussiness, this book will be an instant requisite for academics everywhere.

Excerpt

This book is an attempt to look inside the activities of writing and publishing. My objective is to turn the spotlight inwards and examine how groups of professionals communicate with each other, and with outsiders in some cases, by writing and publishing. Why do they write and publish? Who are they writing for? What channels of communication are available for their writing? Who 'controls' these channels? Is the peer-review process an aid to writers or a barrier? What guidance and advice can be offered to those who wish to 'get published'? How can writers acquire that imprimatur, the official licence to print?

Nobody publishes without writing, but people often write without publishing-here we focus on publishing (whatever the outlet) as an end product of writing. the book is aimed at anyone with an interest in getting work published, in continuing to publish or in the publishing process in general. Examples, and my own experiences, are drawn from the field of education-but much of the literature discussed comes from other areas (the sciences, the social sciences and the humanities). in addition, data are drawn from seminars, discussion groups, interviews with writers and journal editors, and answers to my questions from the major book publishers in the uk.

To my knowledge, the title 'Getting Published' was first used in an article in the 1970s (Mahoney et al., 1978). It was used nineteen years later in a fascinating esrc research project conducted by Angela Packwood, Margaret Scanlon and Gaby Weiner (Packwood et al., 1997). Their study explored the whole business of getting published at that time: peer review, editing, writing, the content of journals, and contributors to journals. That project was one of the stimuli for this one.

I would like to acknowledge the help of all the people who gave their time up in interviews, discussion groups and seminars or by writing helpful e-mails in response to my questions. I agreed not to name any of my 'informants', but they may recognize their voices and their contributions if they read this book. I would like to single out two Ph.D. students, Gill Bielby and Mark Vickers, and four colleagues, Cheryl Hunt, Elaine Millard, Maria Mawson and Tom Wilson, to thank them for their time in discussing some of the ideas and in reading early drafts of the chapters and giving valuable feedback.

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