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Getting Published: Journey into an Editor’s Mind. Sally St. George, PhD, RMFT Dan Wulff, PhD, RMFT, RSW University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Our Context. Co-editors of The Qualitative Report for 10 years Reviewers for numerous journals and publishers

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Getting Published:Journey into an Editor’s Mind

Sally St. George, PhD, RMFT

Dan Wulff, PhD, RMFT, RSW

University of Calgary

Faculty of Social Work

Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Our Context

  • Co-editors of The Qualitative Report for 10 years

  • Reviewers for numerous journals and publishers

  • Published authors

  • Professors teaching qualitative research, social work, and family therapy from undergraduate to doctoral levels


Description of Workshop

In this workshop we will reveal specifically what the editors of TQR are looking for in terms of content and writing style when they read manuscripts. In a frank presentation we will also tell you what “bugs” us when we are working on the rewriting process.


Objectives

  • To identify the key elements of successful article submissions.

  • To define and illustrate a productive author mindset during the editing process.

  • To clearly articulate specific items or issues that retard the editing process and delay the eventual publication.


Key Elements of a Successful Article Submission


Title indicates content and method


Abstract is concise, not abstract


Key Words are carefully

constructed for searchers


Introduction sets the scene and grabs the reader with the purpose, rationale, audience, and answer to the “so what?” question


Literature Review shows what knowledge base is available and the knowledge gaps


Author Context reveals

the author’s

interest, investment, intention


Explanation of IRB or

Ethics Approval


Methods:

Everything needs

a rationale,

transparency,

and literature support


What type of qualitative inquiry

are you using?


How were your

participants recruited?


What constitutes your data?

How did you collect it?


Reveal each step of your analysis.

Use illustrations.


Discuss how you built trustworthiness


Organize the presentation

of your results

(must flow from analysis)


Constructive Author Mindsetincludes. . .


Attentive to journal details

(e.g., writing style, journal mission)


Even if manuscripts are not formal studies, they still must be purposeful, transparent, clear, without excessive jargon, and answer the “so what?” question


Letter with submission should summarize the author’s hopes for the manuscript


Maintain politeness


Remain open to feedback


Maintain patience


Attention to detail inside manuscript


Narrative must have a

solid progression of thought


Narrative must have scholarly literature support


What drives us crazy!


Ignoring directions

(e.g., failing to use

and show Track Changes)


Ignoring or not answering

our comments

within a revision


Correcting only one

occurrence of a repeated error


Acting as if one is

using APA style

when one is not


Failing to proofread


Anthropomorphizing or misattribution of agency


Not appreciating

the editor’s time and help


Saying more than the data allows


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