Getting Published


How to Get Published: Selective Bibliography

Collections of Related Articles

  1. The Literati Club, MCB University Press, Ltd, England [abbr.: MCB]
    • "Writing for a Practitioner Audience," Richard Whitfield (Senior Managing Editor, Emerald Management Titles, MCB), 1 page.
    • "Looking for Good Research in Management - A Publishers Case Study," John Peters and Keith Howard (Directors, MCB), 4 pp. "This paper will be discussing the nature of 'good' as applied to research in management, and addressing, as a case example, how a scholarly publisher is reacting to the challenge of promoting good research in management. It will argue that utility (how useful this is) and communication (how it translates information to its audience) are the most valid issues to be addressed in management research, and that the scholarly research value chain needs to address its priorities to be more customer-focused than it has hitherto been."
    • Key words: Research, research methodology
      Includes a list of references

    • "Presenting a [Dissertation] Thesis," Chad Perry, 24 pp. (Includes a very rich list of references) "This paper addresses the problem: how should a postgraduate research student in marketing or a similar field (and his or her supervisor) present the thesis? The structure developed provides a starting point for understanding what a thesis should set out to achieve, and also provides a basis for communication between a student and his or her supervisor. Firstly, criteria for judging a Ph.D. thesis are reviewed and justification for its structure is provided. Then writing style is considered. Finally, each of the five "chapters" and their sections are described in some detail: introduction, literature review, methodology, analysis of data, and conclusions and implications."
    • "Quality in Scholarly Publication," Richard Whitfield and John Peters, 3 pp. "Provides a case study featuring initiatives of an international academic publisher - MCB University Press - aimed at the promotion of quality and fitness for purpose in the articles it publishes. Considers 'quality variables' such as accessibility, originality and meaningfulness to researchers and practitioners - and looks at ways for publishers to work with authors to influence positively such variables. Notes, above all, that the key to success is in the relationship between the publisher and the author and highlights various ways in which MCB is seeking to develop that relationship."
    • Keywords: Quality, Publishing industry, Communication

    • "The Peer Review Process," Paul Evans, 6 pp. What is the peer review process? Advantages and disadvantages of the peer review process; strategies for success at peer review; peer review at MCB University Press.
    • "Write Right First Time," Robert Brown, 6 pp. "The dream of all authors and editors is to be able to write and receive a steady stream of articles that are perfect to go to print just as received. The bad news is that it is just a dream. The good news is that a process called action learning can help bring the dream a little closer to reality-Literati Club is delighted to publish Robert Brown's advice and guidance on how to work with colleagues to write better articles with a greater probability of publication."
    • "The Hundred Years War Started Today: An Exploration of Electronic Peer Review," John Peters, 7 pp. "The article covers the following broad areas:
      • briefly, what peer review means in academic publishing;
      • what things change, and what stay the same, when the review medium shifts from paper to electronic;
      • the implication of Internet review to the 'blind' (i.e. anonymous) assessment of papers;
      • Internet review and possible plagiarism;
      • some guidelines for potential authors, editors and reviewers in using this medium;
      • some indications of further research directions.
      • We begin, though, with a brief review of what electronics might mean to publishing as an industry."

  2. "The Academic's Handbook," edited by A. Leigh Deneef and Craufurd D. Goodwin (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1995). See the following 3 chapters: * "On Writing Scholarly Articles," Louis J. Budd, pp. 250-262. (Includes a bibliography of works on that subject.) Preparing a manuscript; submitting the article; waiting/responding to the response; breaking into print; Book reviewing; thinking positively about editors. * "The Scholar and the Art of Publishing," Richard C. Rowson, pp. 273-285. What is "quality of scholarship"? Types of publishers and kinds of books; submitting a manuscript; the author/publisher relationship. * "Publishing in Science," Boyd. R. Strain, pp. 263-272. Purpose of scientific publishing; why publish? The form of scientific papers; how to write scientific papers; how to complete a paper and to prepare it for submission to a specific scientific journal; submitting the manuscript; response to the review; reading proof; ordering reprints and paying page charges; authorship of scientific papers; reviewing manuscripts.

Selected Articles

  1. "Academic Papers," 3 pp. The structure and content of a paper; sources; scope; selecting a topic; redefining and refining.
  2. "Getting It Published." William Germano. PMLA, vol. 115, no. 5, October 2000: 1053-1060. Useful information for the publication of a book.
  3. "Optimizing Scholarly Communication: 30 Tips for Writing Clearly," Kenneth L. Knight and Christopher Ingersoll. Journal of Athletic Training, 31(3): 209-213, 1996. (Includes a list of references.)"Communicating scientific, technical, or medical information so that readers can understand its meaning requires logical organization and proper use of language. These 30 tips review basic English grammar and suggest ways authors can clearly and concisely present their material. We admonish authors to avoid common errors such as writing in the passive voice, overusing abbreviations, and emphasizing unimportant facts. Attention to matters of writing style enhances clear communication, which must be the prime objective of scientific writing."

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