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  1. 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

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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: • or •

  5. Community College Journal of Research & Practice Author Instructions are available at the following links. Full-length scholarly and research manuscripts: Short-length, Exchange section manuscripts: Book reviews:

  6. Taylor & Francis Publishers Taylor & Francis publishes over 1,500 journals and nearly 1,800 new books annually.

  7. Taylor & Francis Author Services Taylor & Francis Author Services is provides resources and information to help authors, from seasoned researchers to graduate students, publish their ideas. Visit: or:

  8. 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:

  9. 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.

  10. Fight the Bull Limit scholarly jargon to expand the accessibility of your writing to a wider audience. For a tongue in cheek approach to writing, including an online assessment tool, free downloadable software to edit your writing, and links to pages to improve your writing style, visit

  11. 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.

  12. 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.