In the academic community, publishing in an journal is a necessary part of furthering your career. Getting published in an academic journal can be difficult, due to strict submission requirements as well as the high standard for content. By following a simple set of guidelines, you can prepare an article that has a good chance of being published in an academic journal.
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Find academic journals in your area of expertise by looking at titles in an university library. Ask a professor who works in your field if he can suggest journals you might be able to publish in. Make a list of journals that publish the types of articles you would like to write.
Review submission guidelines for the academic journals. Look for specific guidelines such as word count, subject matter, method of submission (e-mail, paper copy, or fax, for example), as well as qualifications and letters of recommendation the journal might require. Make a list of the journals that interest you and then pick a journal that you would like to get published in.
Write an article that you would like to see published in the journal. Brainstorm for topics and choose the one that is most interesting and that you think would have the highest likelihood of getting published. Research your topic, then outline your paper, and write up your research. Be sure to include multiple sources to support your claims. Make sure that all of your sources are accurately cited.
Show your paper to a professor who has been published in a similar journal in your field of study. Ask for feedback on what's working well in the paper and what you could improve. Show the professor the journal's submission guidelines alongside a copy of the journal you plan to submit your work to. Ask what the professor thinks is needed for the paper to be worthy of publication.
Take the advice of the professor and edit your article accordingly. Read the essay aloud and listen for any places that sound awkward. When finished, revise the essay for grammar or mechanical errors. Ask a professor to review the paper one last time before submission. Consider their concerns, and make changes to the paper accordingly.
Submit the article to the journal and wait for a response. Some academic journals have lengthy wait times and are only published once or twice a year. If your work is accepted, fill out any copyright forms the journal may send to you, and return them to the journal so that you can see your work in print.
Tips and warnings
- Revise and resubmit your essay to another academic journal if your article does not get accepted the first time.
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