Getting Published: Deciphering Author Guidelines

Getting-Published-banner2We hope you have been following our series “Getting Published” here on the HSL blog. This month we are tackling author guidelines and instructions. Previously we discussed choosing the right journal and making sure that your chosen journal’s scope fits with the theme of your paper. Now that you’ve picked a journal, you need to turn your attention to that journal’s instructions for prospective authors. Author instructions run the gamut from succinct to overwhelming, but there are always some common things you should keep in mind. This post will briefly cover the top 10 common author guidelines and will help you tackle each one.

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Getting Published: Choosing the Right Journal

Getting-Published-banner2It’s a new year and perhaps your goal this year is to get that manuscript that’s been collecting virtual dust on your desktop published—finally! Figuring out where to start can be daunting. But think of it this way: the hardest part—writing the paper—is already done! So you’re already ¾ of the way there. Fear not, we are here with a new series on our blog called “Getting Published.” We’ll be here to guide you through the process of going from manuscript to publication that you can actually add to your CV.

So you have a paper written. Where do you publish it? The first decision you need to make is whether to publish in an Open Access journal or a traditional publication. For more information on Open Access, check our blog posts here and here.

If you’ve decided to go the traditional route, there are several venues you can use to find the perfect journal for you. Start with thinking about the main points of your manuscript, and if you haven’t already done so, come up with three to five keywords that best describe your paper. Once you have those, it will be easier to narrow down a journal. Let’s look at some options to find your perfect journal.

 

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