Presentation on theme: "Insider's guide to getting published Getting your paper to review stage Insights from an editor Steven Dellaportas A/Prof in Accounting Co-editor: MAJ."— Presentation transcript:
Insider's guide to getting published Getting your paper to review stage Insights from an editor Steven Dellaportas A/Prof in Accounting Co-editor: MAJ Editorial Board: AJFA
What the editors do? Pre-screen manuscripts Manage peer-review process Take the editorial decision over manuscripts Invite authors for feature/review articles Organise/plan topical issues with Guest Editors Promote journal at conferences and call for papers Communicate with Editorial Board Assemble issue (with Production Editor) Editorial Assistant –Interacts with authors and reviewers What do editors look for before a paper is sent out to review
Context With changes to the ERA – emphasis is now on quality rather quantity –Publishing is now more competitive, rejection rates are higher –Editors are seeking to raise the ranking/profile of their journals – using esteem factors
Managerial Auditing Journal (MAJ) 2010200920082007 Submissions1021007780 Published44 (43%)45 (45%)46 (60%)52 (65%) Rejected58(57%)55 (55%)31 (40%)28 (35%) Approximately 50% of unsuccessful papers are rejected before they go out to review
What editors look for in pre-screen Are references up to date? Understandability /readability Is format consistent with journal style Does the topic fit the scope of the journal Is it novel or interesting? Is the work important and relevant? Editors may not be qualified to evaluate the technical merits of manuscripts, this is the job of the referees. Therefore, the above factors must be convincing to invite reviewers to do their job.
Referencing –Position your paper relative to the most recent related papers –Do not reference papers that are irrelevant to what you are doing even if they are the editor’s papers –Strategic referencing (omitting or including an author) is almost always unproductive
Understandability/readability –A paper should be easy for the editor to read Paper should be free from typographical errors Paper should be consistent with author guidelines/journal style –If the editor feels that you do not care about getting it right, they will become suspicious /annoyed and be inclined to reject the paper.
Understandability/readability Referees are busy colleagues that give up their time freely for the journal/editor. Editors will not release papers that may cast unfavourably on the editor or journal.
Understandability/readability Avoid submitting your manuscript simply to get it reviewed It wastes editors' and reviewers' time, and those who reject it may also be the ones who review the paper when it's submitted to a another journal –"It's a small community. Don't use up your reviewers".
Understandability/readability Recommendation –The abstract, introduction and conclusion should be clear enough that you could read them to a class of MBA students –Most papers are polished and repolished several times before submission –If it can be interpreted in more than one way, it’s wrong
Understandability/readability Recommendation Proofing or polishing your paper –Get input from colleagues before submitting a paper. They will help you to correct mistakes and clarify ambiguities. Consider forming a reading group where members exchange drafts and receive feedback
Scope Manuscript is outside scope of journal –some editors may recommend submitting your work to a different journal Found myself becoming an arbiter of defining ‘auditing’ research Check the editorial objectives carefully MAJ has clearly positioned itself as one of three specialist auditing journals –http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/jo urnals.htm?id=majhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/jo urnals.htm?id=maj
Scope Recommendation Find a journal that is consistent with its scope –Where do you read papers related to your research? –How important is for others to find your manuscript?
Motivation/contribution Is the motivation solid? –Is motivation positioned in current literature? –Is their a contribution to existing literature/knowledge? –Is the work novel? If motivation is unclear /unimportant the paper is likely to be rejected
Discussion/insights The discussion section should draw general conclusions from the particular results –Recapitulation of the research aims –Conclusions drawn from the results – Comparison of results with previously published studies –Focus lies on discussing, not repeating the results
Rejection Should you appeal a rejection at pre- screen stage? –Usually no –Editors know their journal –Editor’s criticisms may be valid –Run the risk of prolonging publication –If you enlist support from colleague, get colleague to provide detailed reasons
Rejection The overwhelming majority of submissions are rejected at first. Only a small proportion, 5 to 10 percent-are accepted the first time they are submitted, and usually they are only accepted subject to revision. To get a lot of publications, you also will need to get lots of rejections