How to publish your college’s big ideas and innovations Dr. Deborah L. Floyd Editor-in-Chief, Community College Journal of Research & Practice, CCJRP@Fau.Edu Professor, Florida Atlantic University, DFloyd@Fau.Edu Rivka Felsher Editorial Assistant, Community College Journal of Research & Practice, RFelsher@Fau.Edu Presented 92nd Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges Orlando, Florida April, 2012
What’s the Big Idea? • Is it well articulated? • Is it research or practice based, theoretical/conceptual, or essay/opinion? • The So-What Factor: who is your audience, is your topic relevant to them, what is the significance, and what are the implications for policy, research, and practice?
Community College Journal of Research & Practice • The only two-year college journal that is international in scope and purpose, and published twelve times per year. • A multidisciplinary forum for researchers and practitioners in higher education and the behavioral and social sciences. • Promotes an increased awareness of community college issues by providing an exchange of ideas, research, and empirically tested educational innovations.
Community College Journal of Research & Practice • CCJRP publishes: • Full-length scholarly and research articles, • Short-length articles in our Exchange, • Book reviews, and • Special issues on hot topics and critical research areas. • Visit: • http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/UCJC or • http://www.tandfonline.com/action/aboutThisJournal?journalCode=ucjc20
Community College Journal of Research & Practice Author Instructions are available at the following links. Full-length scholarly and research manuscripts: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/journal.asp?issn=1066-8926&linktype=44 Short-length, Exchange section manuscripts: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/pdf/UCJCexchange.pdf Book reviews: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/pdf/UCJCbookreviewguide.pdf
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Taylor & Francis Author Services • Choose your journal for fit. • Write something new to contribute to the field. • Prepare a cover letter. • Submit once article to one journal at a time. • Revise your dissertation to fit author guidelines for submission. • Once published, publicize yourself. • Blog about your writing. • Present your material at conferences. • Add your article to CiteULike. Visit: http://www.citeulike.org/
Don’t Take These Missteps • Being disrespectful or rude. • Being disorganized. • Being indecisive. • Being angry or vengeful. • Being unresponsive. • Being disregarding of reviewer suggestions. • Being sloppy and ignorant of publication guidelines. • Writing a book report versus a book review.
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Do Take These Steps • Be respectful in all communications with an editor or publishing staff. • Be organized and attach your final documents in the correct publication format, in order, per publisher guidelines, and with clear file names. • Be confident, humble, and don’t take rejection personal, rather accept reviewer comments as constructive criticism and take them an opportunity to develop your idea, improve your writing, or expand your research. • Be responsive and reply to editor communications when they are received.
Do Take These Steps • Be professional and return revisions and query responses by the editor’s or publisher’s deadline, or request an extension if you need more time. • Be responsive to editor and reviewer suggestions and incorporate all recommendations for improvement in your revisions. If you must deny a suggestion, provide rationale as to why. • Do your homework: • Be wary of pay-to-publish journals. Some are legit, some are not. • Consider how journals are ranked and indexed.