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Getting Published: A Primer for Academic Librarians Peter L. Kraus, Associate Librarian J. Willard Marriott Library University of Utah.

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1 Getting Published: A Primer for Academic Librarians Peter L. Kraus, Associate Librarian J. Willard Marriott Library University of Utah

2 What do you mean I have to write? Do I really have something to say?

3 Why Publish? Tenure standards defined by administrators and external forces (legislatures; trustees). Librarians status as faculty is often questioned. Compared with other fields, librarians dont publish as much as they should to prove their worth as faculty. Your contributions to your field as well as your own career.

4 Why Publish? Without publication, it is as if research does not exist. Without publication, there is no yardstick to measure productivity Without publication, can our work be justified in academic circles – i.e. external funding Publishing is vital to the success of research and on going scholarship "Peer review for the scholarly society publisher", The Librarians Guide to the Scholarly Publisher Collaborative Network / SPCNET : The Society of Publishers Collaborative Network

5 Why Write? Have something to say to your peers Sharing ideas / views Share results of research Desiring to see your name in print Giving back to the profession Gordon, Rachel Singer, The Librarians Guide to Writing for Publication Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.: 2004

6 The Light Bulb – Where to Get Ideas New projects (success or failure) New programs/New services New collaborations Trends affecting your library You have an article there…

7 Ride the Idea for All its Worth The rule of three A poster A talk An article

8 A Few Thoughts Writing often happens on your own time – get used to it The 8:00 a.m. rule – An hour a day Professional leave – If you have it

9 Getting Started Read what others have written: The good, the bad, the ugly Be objective – you will learn something every time you write

10 The Light Goes On Start writing ASAP – get those ideas down – no matter how basic they are Get your sources lined up early Keep list – whats current, what can wait

11 Writing Style The Three Cs – Concise, Clear and Complete Remember the reader Begin with main point Be concise Be unemotional Use clear, specific language Write in a friendly professional style

12 Writing Style (Continued) Use the active voice whenever possible Move from known information to new information – dont bore the reader Avoid complicated sentences Use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation

13 So – How to Begin Book reviews (journals are always looking for book reviewers) Journals that mentor new writers Journal clubs/faculty writing groups/Grand Rounds Grant reviewers (federal, state, non-profit)

14 How to Begin (Continued) Writing 6000 Writing for Publication (2) Prerequisite: Graduate standing or Instructor's consent. Meets with WRTG 4000. Preparation of various forms and styles of academic and professional writing, including abstracts, theses, and journal articles. Intended for graduate students or advanced undergraduates in all disciplines.

15 How to Begin (Continued) Writing 7060 Scientific Writing (3) Prerequisite: Graduate standing required. Designed to help graduate students in the sciences develop the skills needed for scientific research and communication. Provides students with the opportunity to write in the variety of forms that they are likely to encounter in their professional lives (i.e. memos, proposals, reports, presentations) in a scientific context.

16 H-Net: A Dream Resource Various list-servs by disciplines Calls for papers and book reviews

17 The Age-Old Questions Do you focus on one key journal? Do you focus on many journals? Publish in LIS journals? Publish outside the field?

18 Two Most Important Points to Remember Quality is everything Write about what interests you – learn to be passionate about your topic

19 Some Resources to Think About University writing labs Great resources Often ignored by faculty

20 Some Resources to Think About (Cont) What else can happen? Invitations to write Invitations to present at conferences

21 Where to Start Looking Journal of Library and Philosophy of Practice Library Philosophy and Practice (LPP) is a peer- reviewed electronic journal that publishes articles exploring the connection between library practice and the philosophy and theory behind it. These include explorations of current, past, and emerging theories of librarianship and library practice, as well as reports of successful, innovative, or experimental library procedures, methods, or projects in all areas of librarianship, set in the context of applied research.

22 portal: Libraries and the Academy Fantastic mentoring program for new writers Portal is written by librarians for librarians concerned with keeping pace with the trends and issues in technology, publishing, and periodicals. Peer-reviewed articles address subjects such as library administration, information technology, and information policy. The journal explores how technology affects librarianship and scholarship in a much needed, fresh perspective

23 Stand by Your Values Elsevier = bad – or is it? Open access = good Institutional repositories = good Posting policies in the IR

24 Copyright If a journal does not allow you to retain copyright – move on and find another or negotiate. If your Dean is advocating for SPARC – Open Access – follow the example

25 ACRL Publications College & Research Libraries News Monthly newsmagazine, featuring articles on the latest trends and practices affecting academic and research libraries and the official news of ACRL. Select articles are available online. College & Research Libraries News College & Research Libraries Bimonthly journal featuring scholarly research in academic librarianship. College & Research Libraries

26 More Examples The Journal of Academic Librarianship The Journal of Academic Librarianship, an international and refereed journal, publishes articles that focus on problems and issues germane to college and university libraries. JAL provides a forum for authors to present research findings and, where applicable, their practical applications and significance; analyze policies, practices, issues, and trends; speculate about the future of academic librarianship; present analytical bibliographic essays and philosophical treatises.

27 Scholarly Society Journals Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters

28 Sources Used Erren TC (2007) The long and thorny road to publication in quality journals. PLoS Computational Biology 3(12) Bourne PE (2005) Ten simple rules for getting published. PLoS Computational Biology 1(5)

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