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Subject: Publishing my research
Question: I'm looking for a professional course aimed at postdocs or recent PhDs who are new to the publishing world or simply having difficulty publishing their research. The course should ideally address the various stages of publishing, from writing up the article to selecting the right journal. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Reply: HI Frank

I don't know of a course per se, but I'm very sympathetic to the issue. It's a hard
transition to make. I can give you some advice on this, from my own experience. I think
these are the right way to go, but take with a grain of salt:

1. Don't take a course if you find one. Spend the time writing.

2. Get feedback. Get friends and colleagues to read what you're writing before you
submit things. (This may seem obvious, but I know people who've had to learn this the
hard way.)

3. Keep the ego under control. Reviewers can be brutal and you have to be able to get
beyond your own personal reaction to extract the useful content in reviews. (I
remember my first journal acceptance. I was so taken by what I took to be the tone, I
thought it was a rejection!)

4. You have to be able to look at your own work dispassionately. Sometimes a project is
just not going to get accepted. On the other hand, sometimes you'll see the virtue in a
project that reviewers don't see (yet). Here's where the feedback of friends and
colleagues really helps.

5. Finding the right journal and the right "pitch" for a project is critical. This does not
mean sending a paper out to journal after journal unrevised. It means thinking about
the journal, the literature, and the relevance of YOUR work to both.

6. And, again, the key thing is to make time for writing, as much time as you can spare.

Good luck!

mike h.
Reply From: Mike Hammond      click here to access email
 
Date: 03-Apr-2014
 
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