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asked 2015-03-19 13:52:38 -0500

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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.

Frank Romano

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answered 2015-03-19 13:54:30 -0500

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The LSA holds "survival skills" workshops at both Summer Institutes and sometimes during winter LSA meetings. Some in the past have focused on how to get published. Most are geared toward graduate students, but most of the skills discussed there would apply to other levels too.. If you are a recent Ph.D., you might also want to speak with your advisor, who might have some tips for you.

Susan D Fischer

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.

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