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1 Publishing workshop: How to get published and editorial insights Roger Spear and Simon Teasdale,

2 Session outline Personal reflections on getting published Editorial insights from the Social Enterprise Journal Next steps as early career researchers

3 Which Journals? Soc Ent. Specific – JoSE; SEJ, Stanford Social Innovation Review Voluntary Sector – NVSQ, Voluntas; NPML; VSR; NPSM; Disciplinary – British Journal of Sociology; Politics and Society Niche- Journal of BusinessEthics See ABS rankings for guidance

4 What type of contribution are you making? Theoretical or empirical? How does it extend knowledge of: – Social entrepreneurship – The wider discipline – A specific field (e.g. social work)

5 Making an impact Impact factor Journal quality Accessibility of journal Is your work relevant to the journal

6 So what? How can you convince an editor / reviewers that social entrepreneurship is relevant to their journal?

7 Improving the article Ask colleagues to comment Ask non social entrepreneurship specialists to comment Set up informal groups of people prepared to comment on each other’s articles Keep up to date with relevant literature

8 Co-authorship as a possibility With supervisor, across departments, someone from a different institution Demonstrates the authority and rigour of the research Especially useful for cross-disciplinary research Ensure paper is checked and edited so that it reads as one voice Exploit your individual strengths Agree and clarify order of appearance of authors and the person taking on the role of corresponding author BUT.....

9 Conferences Some of the best articles have been floating around conferences for years Articles are refined following questioning from peers Which conferences? BUT – sometimes you find people publish your ideas first!

10 Tips to increase the chances of publishing Cite existing articles in the journal – although make sure this is justified! (Cite the editor) Check the journal guidelines Keep the article as short as possible – space fillers!

11 Improve electronic dissemination by… Using short descriptive title containing main keyword – don’t mislead Writing a clear and descriptive abstract containing the main keywords and following any instructions as to content and length Providing relevant and known keywords – not obscure new jargon Making your references complete and correct – vital for reference linking and citation indices Ensuring your paper is word-perfect

12 Revising A request for revision is good news! It really is You are now in the publishing cycle. Nearly every published paper is revised at least once Don’t panic! Even if the comments are sharp or discouraging, they aren’t personal Try and wait at least a week before responding (it helps to calm down first!)

13 How to revise your paper Acknowledge the editor and set a revision deadline Clarify understanding if in doubt – ‘This is what I understand the comments to mean…’ Consult with colleagues or co-authors and tend to the points as requested Meet the revision deadline Attach a covering letter which identifies, point by point, how revision requests have been met (or if not, why not)

14 If your paper is rejected … Ask why, and listen carefully! Most editors will give detailed comments about a rejected paper. Take a deep breath, and listen to what is being said Try again! Try to improve the paper, and re-submit elsewhere. Do your homework and target your paper as closely as possible Don’t give up immediately! Everybody has been rejected at least once Keep trying! When to bite the bullet? Is there a point where you have to recognise your efforts might better be spent on a new paper?

15 SEJ  Emerging Research Field- need to deepen the understanding  Multi-disciplinary  Journal now into its 8 th Volume  Aim to establish SE as a recognised discipline  Aim to attract quality publications to grow journal reputation  Publishes three issues a year

16 Social Enterprise Journal

17 Social Enterprise Journal Editorial Advisory Board Dr. Peter Elson, Mount Royal University, Canada Associate Professor Josephine Barraket, Queensland University of Technology, Australia Professor Gabriel Berger, Universidad de San Andres, Argentina Professor Carlo Borzaga, University of Trento, Italy Professor Debbi Brock, Anderson University, USA Michael Bull, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, UK Professor Monica C. Diochon, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada Associate Professor Marie Lisa M. Dacanay, Asian Institute of Management, Philippines Professor J. Gregory Dees, Duke University, USA Professor Jacques Defourny, University of Liege, Belgium Dr Mamadou Gaye, The African Institute of Management, Senegal Dr Suzanne Grant, University of Waikato, New Zealand Dr Paola Grenier, London School of Economics, Hungary Professor Roberto Gutiérrez, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia Associate Professor Kai Hockerts, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark Briga Hynes, University of Limerick, Ireland Ms Janelle Kerlin, Department of Public Management and Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, USA Sabina Khan, Social Enterprise London, UK Dr Amornsak Kitthananan, Social Enterpreneurship Institute, Thailand Dr Jean Louis Laville, Chair of Service Relations, France Professor Fergus Lyon, Middlesex University and Associate Director (Social Enterprise) Third Sector Research Centre, UK Dr Chris Mason, Liverpool John Moores University, UK Dr. Jim McLoughlin, University of Brighton, UK Professor Alex Murdock, London South Bank University, UK Dr Alex Nicholls, University of Oxford, UK Professor Marthe Nyssens, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium Professor Rob Paton, Open University Business School, UK Professor Ken Peattie, ESRC Centre for Business Relationships Accountability, Sustainability and Society, Cardiff University, UK Dr Rory Ridley-Duff, Sheffield Business School, UK Professor Jeffrey A. Robinson, Department of Management & Global Business, Rutgers Business School, USA Maureen Royce, Liverpool John Moores University, UK Professor Roger Spear, Open University, UK Professor John Thompson, Huddersfield University Business School, UK Dr Xiaomin Yu, Beijing Normal University, People's Republic of China

18 Timetable from submission to initial feedback to authors The Editor(s) do an initial read to determine if the subject matter and research approach of the manuscript is appropriate for the journal (approximately 1 week) The Editor(s) identify and contact two reviewers for the manuscript (approximately 1 week) Reviewers are usually given 6-8 weeks to complete their reviews The Editor(s) assess the reviewers' comments and recommendations and make a decision on the manuscript (approximately 2 weeks) Expected time from submission to review feedback: 3 - 3.5 months



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23 Editors and reviewers look for … Originality – what’s new about subject, treatment or results? Relevance to and extension of existing knowledge Research methodology – are conclusions valid and objective? Clarity, structure and quality of writing – does it communicate well? Sound, logical progression of argument Theoretical and practical implications (the ‘so what?’ factors!) Recency and relevance of references Adherence to the editorial scope and objectives of the journal

24 Some key questions Readability – Does it communicate? Is it clear? Is there a logical progression without unnecessary duplication? Originality – Why was it written? What’s new? Credibility – Are the conclusions valid? Is the methodology robust? Can it be replicated? Is it honest – don’t hide any limitations of the research? You’ll be found out. Applicability – How do findings apply to the world of practice? Does it pinpoint the way forward for future research? Internationality – Does it take an international, global perspective?

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