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Writing a Good Journal Paper. Cecilia Wong Professor of Spatial Planning and Director of Centre for Urban Policy Studies The University of Manchester Cecilia.wong@manchester.ac.uk. Publish &/or Perish. Dissemination and publication is part of academic life

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writing a good journal paper

Writing a Good Journal Paper

Cecilia Wong

Professor of Spatial Planning and

Director of Centre for Urban Policy Studies

The University of Manchester


publish or perish
Publish &/or Perish
  • Dissemination and publication is part of academic life
  • lots of advice on how to publish: substance/ strategy/ skills / luck
  • Guide to academic publishing in Geography e.g. www.nuim.ie/nirsa/geo-pub/geo-pub.html
  • research assessment culture and funding allocation regime
build a publishing strategy
Build a publishing strategy
  • Think about publishing strategically in both short and long terms
  • Plan ahead and consider alternative avenues you may be taking
  • Copyright: don’t waste a publication e.g. once publish on the web or in a book chapter, refereed journals will not accept it
  • Update your plan and strategy from time to time to seize opportunities and to seek advice from senior academics
  • Carving up your PhD thesis into different potential journal papers - lateral thinking
different publication sources
Different publication sources
  • Books (edited or authored, research or text)
  • Invited book chapters in edited books
  • Journals (academicvs professional/popular)
  • Conference proceedings
  • Research reports
  • Newspapers
  • Popular electronic media
author credits
Author credits
  • The norm varies from field to field e.g. name order, group credits and also from country to country
  • Fairness vs the danger of stepping out of line
  • Norms about publishing with supervisors vary
  • Need to discuss openly about credit-sharing with your supervisor(s), talk to his/her other PhD students
seeking academic mentoring
Seeking academic mentoring
  • Normally will be your supervisors, research centre directors or project directors
  • If not, seek out alternatives e.g. adopt a mentor from the senior academics you meet
  • Find an author that you admire their writing style and use s/he as your model.
academic journal papers 1
Academic journal papers: (1)
  • Select a journal before writing the paper
  • Reputation – and its limit for your strategy
  • Citation – varies from field to field
  • International, refereed journals (double blind review): carries more weight
  • Relevance to the topic
  • Recent editions of the journal: the expected content, level of scholarship, format & style, what and who has published recently, and the 'notes for contributors’
academic journal papers 2
Academic journal papers: (2)
  • Title
  • Abstract and key words
  • Introduction
  • Main content: literature review, conceptualisation and framing, methodology, analysis and findings
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements
  • References (footnotes and endnotes)
  • Supported by tables, figures and maps – copyright and permission
academic journal papers 3
Academic journal papers: (3)
  • Strategise for an international audience
  • How to frame your arguments so that they are of international interest
  • Try to contextualise the materials and guide the readers – depends on how footloose is the topic
  • Put yourself in the reviewer’s shoes
  • Seek comments and advice from others
  • Polishing and proof-reading
academic journal papers 4
Academic journal papers: (4)
  • Electronic submission e.g. manuscript central
  • Follow the instructions carefully (e.g. don’t forget to remove your name)
  • Review by ‘recognised’ academics in the field – normally between 3-5, hope to have 2 back
  • Most stringent – double blind review
  • The role of editors
  • The role of editorial board
  • Guest edited issue
academic journal papers 5
Academic journal papers: (5)

Typical review criteria:

  • Importance of subject
  • Originality of approach
  • Soundness of scholarship
  • Level of interest and pertinence for the journal’s readership
  • Quality of article structure
  • Depth and strength of argument
  • Clarity of expression
  • Graphic material appropriate
academic journal papers 6
Academic journal papers: (6)
  • It could be a lengthy reviewing process: range from 3 -14 months
  • Reviewers’ reports (can be different for the editor and for the author) will be sent to the editor
  • The editor need to make a decision and then communicate back to you
  • The dilemma of revisions!
academic journal papers 7
Academic journal papers: (7)
  • How to deal with reviewers’ comments – can be mean, rude and nasty, but many are constructive and helpful!
  • How to make a cover letter to catalogue what have been revised? (some required track changes)
  • Don’t argue with referees!?
  • Be positive and ‘thick skin’
  • Be persistent – move down the peck order of journals
  • Revision makes better papers
  • Hopefully, accepted for publication, wait for the proofs arrived for final checking
  • Can take up to 12 to 24 months before in print
academic journal papers 8
Academic journal papers: (8)
  • to strengthen an argument
  • to bring in new material, ideas and thinking
  • to better structure the paper
  • to remove repetition and redundant material
  • to summarise passages of text into one or two sentences
  • to delete references and quotations which are not essential to your discussion
  • to replace lengthy descriptions by tables and charts where possible
  • to butcher whole sections where these are not central to your argument