Abstract: In most countries and disciplines, the primary venue for disseminating research is in peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles. Peer-reviewed articles are often used as a proxy measure of research/er ‘quality’, impacting job applications, promotions, and funding. While researchers generally receive training and guidance on how to write academic papers, there is often less attention paid to the processes that follow. As a result, researchers, especially those in their early career phase, may not be aware of the many practices and politics that influence the outcome of peer review.
In this 90-minute workshop, the speaker will look at some of the key activities involved in the process of getting manuscripts published, drawing from recent research and multiple discussions with researchers about their peer review experiences. The speaker will begin with advice for selecting the right journal and preparing a manuscript for a specific target audience. Then, the speaker will cover the various possible outcomes of the peer review process; what are they and how to deal with them. Finally, while it is never an outcome we want, rejection is common for researchers at all career phases, and the speaker will give some ideas for dealing with rejection both emotionally and practically.
Throughout the workshop there will be dedicated time for asking questions and sharing experiences. The workshop would be useful for any researcher, but particularly those looking to publish in the social sciences, and especially early career researchers.