Friday, March 22, 2013

Reading a journal's website, continued

There are a few other issues to consider when exploring a journal's website. In addition to the practical issues regarding publishing in the journal, do pay attention to the thoughts you have while exploring a journal. It is amazing how often I have had, and have heard others have, new ideas for articles when we are evaluating a journal. Looking through the range of topics and titles can help us think outside the box, and consider our work in a new way. I think it is a healthy exercise to evaluate new journals at least once a month. Keep track of the thoughts you have for later use.

As far as other technical issues, make certain to pay careful attention to the types of articles and word length for each type. Submitting an article that does not fall within word count guidelines can be the kiss of death. If your article falls outside word count limits, contact the editor to see if they are flexible. Also, how and when he/she responds will help you get a sense of how responsive, or "author friendly" he/she is.

You also want to make sure to really pay attention to the citation convention. Some journals use conventions that are atypical- make sure to look at how papers are to be formatted to save you time and grief.

Also make sure to pay close attention to how to submit your article. Must you make it 100% blind? Do you submit through an online system? Paying close attention to details will help quicken the pace

Do let me know if you have any questions. This is not the first time, and will not be the last, I discuss journals.

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