Two summertime articles in Inside Higher Ed remind us of some basic principles for successful scholarly publishing.
Social scientist Maureen Pirog outlines key elements of successful research and publishing:
- Think globally.
- Create a good research team.
- Select a strong research design.
- Use good data and measures.
- If your paper has flaws, do not ignore them.
- Get to the point and write clearly and compellingly.
- Constructive feedback is your friend, especially before you submit your manuscript to a journal.
- Be strategic.
- Get it off your desk.
Humanities scholar Rob Weir takes the counter-intuitive approach, reminding us of the self-imposed impediments to publishing:
- Demonstrate your illiteracy.
- Assume your research is so important that it speaks for itself.
- Disrespect the profession.
- Disrespect the journal.