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Publishing a Journal Article


The guide introduces tools and resources for publishing your research in an academic journal, including

  • Selecting a journal for your article
  • Understanding journal impact and ranking
  • Meeting requirements of funding agencies
  • Avoiding "Predatory Publishers"

Selected Books and Articles

Becker, L. M., Denicolo, P. (2012). Success in research: Publishing journal articles. Los Angeles, Calif: SAGE.

Belcher, W. L. (2009). Writing your journal article in 12 weeks: A guide to academic publishing success. Thousand Oaks, Calif: SAGE Publications. Z471 .B45 2009.

Cargill, M., O'Connor, P. (2013). Writing scientific research articles: Strategy and steps. Hoboken, NJ; Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. 

Collins, J. C. (2015). Writing for publication while in graduate school: An accessible reality. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, 27, 51-55. doi:10.1002/nha3.20094.

Day, A . (2012). How to get research published in journals (2ed.) . Burlington, VT; Aldershot, England: Gower.

Forrester, A., Björk, B., & Tenopir, C. (2017). New web services that help authors choose journals. Learned Publishing, 30(4), 281-287. doi:10.1002/leap.1112

Murray, R. (2013). Writing for academic journals (3rd ed.). Maidenhead, Berkshire, England: Open University Press. LB2369 .M877 2013.

Renck Jalongo, M.(2016). Writing for publication: Transitions and tools that support scholars success. New York: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-31650-5

Rocco, T. S., Hatcher, T. G. (2011). The handbook of scholarly writing and publishing (1st ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Silvia, P. J. (2015). Write it up: Practical strategies for writing and publishing journal articles (1st ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. PN146 .S553 2015.

Additional Tools and Services

Several journal publishers offer short video lectures and tutorials that provide an outline of the procedures and workflows for scholarly publishing.

Most journals produced by these publishers are in the sciences, but the general advice is applicable across publishers and disciplines.