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publishing workshop how to get published and editorial insights

Publishing workshop: How to get published and editorial insights

Roger Spear and Simon Teasdale,

session outline
Session outline
  • Personal reflections on getting published
  • Editorial insights from the Social Enterprise Journal
  • Next steps as early career researchers
which journals
Which Journals?
  • Soc Ent. Specific – JoSE; SEJ, Stanford Social Innovation Review
  • Voluntary Sector – NVSQ, Voluntas; NPML; VSR; NPSM;
  • Disciplinary – British Journal of Sociology; Politics and Society
  • Niche- Journal of BusinessEthics
  • See ABS rankings for guidance
what type of contribution are you making
What type of contribution are you making?
  • Theoretical or empirical?
  • How does it extend knowledge of:
    • Social entrepreneurship
    • The wider discipline
    • A specific field (e.g. social work)
making an impact
Making an impact
  • Impact factor
  • Journal quality
  • Accessibility of journal
  • Is your work relevant to the journal
so what
So what?
  • How can you convince an editor / reviewers that social entrepreneurship is relevant to their journal?
improving the article
Improving the article
  • Ask colleagues to comment
  • Ask non social entrepreneurship specialists to comment
  • Set up informal groups of people prepared to comment on each other’s articles
  • Keep up to date with relevant literature
co authorship as a possibility
Co-authorship as a possibility
  • With supervisor, across departments, someone from a different institution
  • Demonstrates the authority and rigour of the research
  • Especially useful for cross-disciplinary research
  • Ensure paper is checked and edited so that it reads as one voice
  • Exploit your individual strengths
  • Agree and clarify order of appearance of authors and the person taking on the role of corresponding author
  • BUT.....
  • Some of the best articles have been floating around conferences for years
  • Articles are refined following questioning from peers
  • Which conferences?
  • BUT – sometimes you find people publish your ideas first!
tips to increase the chances of publishing
Tips to increase the chances of publishing
  • Cite existing articles in the journal – although make sure this is justified!
  • (Cite the editor)
  • Check the journal guidelines
  • Keep the article as short as possible – space fillers!
improve electronic dissemination by
Improve electronic dissemination by…
  • Using short descriptive title containing main keyword – don’t mislead
  • Writing a clear and descriptive abstract containing the main keywords and following any instructions as to content and length
  • Providing relevant and known keywords – not obscure new jargon
  • Making your references complete and correct – vital for reference linking and citation indices
  • Ensuring your paper is word-perfect
  • A request for revision is good news! It really is
  • You are now in the publishing cycle. Nearly every published paper is revised at least once
  • Don’t panic!
  • Even if the comments are sharp or discouraging, they aren’t personal
  • Try and wait at least a week before responding (it helps to calm down first!)
how to revise your paper
How to revise your paper
  • Acknowledge the editor and set a revision deadline
  • Clarify understanding if in doubt – ‘This is what I understand the comments to mean…’
  • Consult with colleagues or co-authors and tend to the points as requested
  • Meet the revision deadline
  • Attach a covering letter which identifies, point by point, how revision requests have been met (or if not, why not)
if your paper is rejected
If your paper is rejected …
  • Ask why, and listen carefully!Most editors will give detailed comments about a rejected paper. Take a deep breath, and listen to what is being said
  • Try again!Try to improve the paper, and re-submit elsewhere. Do your homework and target your paper as closely as possible
  • Don’t give up immediately!Everybody has been rejected at least once
  • Keep trying!
  • When to bite the bullet? Is there a point where you have to recognise your efforts might better be spent on a new paper?
  • Emerging Research Field- need to deepen the understanding
  • Multi-disciplinary
  • Journal now into its 8th Volume
  • Aim to establish SE as a recognised discipline
  • Aim to attract quality publications to grow journal reputation
  • Publishes three issues a year
social enterprise journal editorial advisory board
Social Enterprise Journal Editorial Advisory Board

Dr. Peter Elson, Mount Royal University, CanadaAssociate Professor Josephine Barraket, Queensland University of Technology, AustraliaProfessor Gabriel Berger, Universidad de San Andres, ArgentinaProfessor Carlo Borzaga, University of Trento, ItalyProfessor Debbi Brock, Anderson University, USAMichael Bull, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, UKProfessor Monica C. Diochon, St. Francis Xavier University, CanadaAssociate Professor Marie Lisa M. Dacanay, Asian Institute of Management, PhilippinesProfessor J. Gregory Dees, Duke University, USAProfessor Jacques Defourny, University of Liege, BelgiumDr Mamadou Gaye, The African Institute of Management, SenegalDr Suzanne Grant, University of Waikato, New ZealandDr Paola Grenier, London School of Economics, HungaryProfessor Roberto Gutiérrez, Universidad de los Andes, ColombiaAssociate Professor Kai Hockerts, Copenhagen Business School, DenmarkBriga Hynes, University of Limerick, IrelandMs Janelle Kerlin, Department of Public Management and Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, USASabina Khan, Social Enterprise London, UKDr Amornsak Kitthananan, Social Enterpreneurship Institute, ThailandDr Jean Louis Laville, Chair of Service Relations, FranceProfessor Fergus Lyon, Middlesex University and Associate Director (Social Enterprise) Third Sector Research Centre, UKDr Chris Mason, Liverpool John Moores University, UKDr. Jim McLoughlin, University of Brighton, UKProfessor Alex Murdock, London South Bank University, UKDr Alex Nicholls, University of Oxford, UKProfessor Marthe Nyssens, Catholic University of Louvain, BelgiumProfessor Rob Paton, Open University Business School, UKProfessor Ken Peattie, ESRC Centre for Business Relationships Accountability, Sustainability and Society, Cardiff University, UK Dr Rory Ridley-Duff, Sheffield Business School, UKProfessor Jeffrey A. Robinson, Department of Management & Global Business, Rutgers Business School, USAMaureen Royce, Liverpool John Moores University, UKProfessor Roger Spear, Open University, UKProfessor John Thompson, Huddersfield University Business School, UKDr Xiaomin Yu, Beijing Normal University, People's Republic of China

timetable from submission to initial feedback to authors
Timetable from submission to initial feedback to authors
  • The Editor(s) do an initial read to determine if the subject matter and research approach of the manuscript is appropriate for the journal (approximately 1 week)
  • The Editor(s) identify and contact two reviewers for the manuscript (approximately 1 week)
  • Reviewers are usually given 6-8 weeks to complete their reviews
  • The Editor(s) assess the reviewers' comments and recommendations and make a decision on the manuscript (approximately 2 weeks)
  • Expected time from submission to review feedback: 3 - 3.5 months
editors and reviewers look for
Editors and reviewers look for …
  • Originality – what’s new about subject, treatment or results?
  • Relevance to and extension of existing knowledge
  • Research methodology – are conclusions valid and objective?
  • Clarity, structure and quality of writing – does it communicate well?
  • Sound, logical progression of argument
  • Theoretical and practical implications (the ‘so what?’ factors!)
  • Recency and relevance of references
  • Adherence to the editorial scopeand objectives of the journal
some key questions
Some key questions
  • Readability – Does it communicate? Is it clear? Is there a logical progression without unnecessary duplication?
  • Originality – Why was it written? What’s new?
  • Credibility – Are the conclusions valid? Is the methodology robust? Can it be replicated? Is it honest – don’t hide any limitations of the research? You’ll be found out.
  • Applicability – How do findings apply to the world of practice? Does it pinpoint the way forward for future research?
  • Internationality – Does it take an international, global perspective?
useful sources
Useful sources
  • (David Gras)