Writing, Publishing, and Dissemination Resources

A collection of resources related to writing, publishing, and disseminating your work.

The Publishing Process

Understanding the Publishing Process
The Elsevier guide outlines the best opportunities for early career researchers to publish their work, as well as the steps to follow once their findings have been shared.

How to get published in an academic journal: top tips from editors
Journal editors share their advice on how to structure a paper, write a cover letter, and deal with awkward feedback from reviewers in this Guardian article.


Finding a Journal

Writing for Publication: Choosing an Audience
This Walden University resource explains various publishing choices a scholar with a completed dissertation can make.

Choosing the Right Journal for Your Research
In this article for American Journal Experts, Sarah Conte discusses important criteria to keep in mind when choosing a journal that is a good match for your research.

Edanz Journal Selector
Search over 28,651 journals and 12,010,643 abstracts to find the journal that's right for you.

Scimago Journal & Country Rank
Explore journal ranks, country ranks, and data visualization tools.


Pre-Submission Inquiries

How to Write a Pre-Submission Inquiry for an Academic Journal
Ben Mudrak shares tips for writing a good pre-submission inquiry and a template to get you started in this American Journal Experts article.

Streamline the publication process with a presubmission enquiry
Lisa Clancy explains the benefits of submitting a pre-submission inquiry and how to write them effectively in this article for International Science Editing.

Presubmission inquiry cheat sheet
In this Cross Talk blog post, Amanda Naples provides suggested guidelines for writing a pre-submission inquiry.


Drafting a Manuscript

Storytelling 101: Writing Tips for Academics
Nick Feamster gives tips for clear and efficient story-telling in this article for How to Do Great Research.

My Writing Productivity Pipeline
In this Chronicle of Higher Education, Erin Marie Furtak explains her organizational strategy for managing writing projects at various stages of development.

How to Write a Good Title for Journal Articles
This Journal of European Psychology Students blog post provides a step-by-step guide with useful tips for crafting a strong article title.


Preliminary Peer Review

Guidelines for Students - Peer Review
Carleton College offers tips and suggestions for students completing a peer review.

Helpful Hints for Effective Peer Reviewing
In this Bates College resource, Seri Lowell describes how to give positive commentary and turn negative feedback into productive feedback.

10 tips from an editor on undertaking academic peer review for journals
Professor Brian Lucey shares his lessons learned as a journal editor in this Elsevier article.


Cover Letters

Composing a Compelling Cover Letter
Amy Benson Brown offers suggestions for getting the most out of your cover letter in this blog for Academic Coaching and Writing.

Writing a Journal Cover Letter
In this American Journal Experts article, Ben Mudrak gives tips for writing an effective cover letter and a template to help you get started.

How to Write the Best Journal Submission Cover Letter
Wordvice provides solid advice for writing a strong cover letter that will convince editors to review your paper.

Submitting your manuscript: Write the right cover letter
Catarina Sacristán shares cover letter basics in this Cross Talk blog.


Manuscript Review

8 reasons I accepted your article
In this Elsevier article by Elizabeth Zwaaf, journal editors reveal the top reasons a manuscript gets published.

Eight reasons I rejected your article
Journal editor Peter Thrower reveals the top reasons so many manuscripts don’t make it to the peer review process in this article for Elsevier.


Conference Proposals

Tips for Writing a Winning Conference Proposal
David Kelly shares tips he's learned over the years from writing and vetting proposals in this post for the The eLearning Guild Blog.

Writing a successful conference paper proposal
Kecia Ali at Boston University gives recommendations for writing a successful proposal.

How to Write a Paper or Conference Proposal Abstract
Dr. Karen breaks down the steps for composing an effective proposal abstract for The Professor Is In.

Proposal Tips & Examples
AERA offers sample successful proposals written by graduate students for posters, papers, and roundtable sessions.


Flipping Papers

How to Repurpose Your Most Successful Content
Fractl explains how to get more mileage out of your best material.

5 Ways You Can Get The Most Out of Your Scripted White Paper
In this Scripted blog, Nicole Karlis offers tips for turning your white paper into multiple pieces of content.

The Ultimate Guide to Repurposing Content: 12 Ways to Extend the Life of Every Article You Write
Kevan Lee describes how to extend the life of your article in this blog for Buffer.

What is Self Plagiarism and How to Avoid It 
In this iThenticate blog, Jessica Gopalakrishnan provides a set of resources on avoiding self-plagiarism.


Blogs

How to Write an Awesome Blog Post in 5 Steps
Dan Shewan gives five steps for writing a blog post people will want to read in this WordStream Blog post.

Writing Academic Blogs
This Hamilton College resource explains differences between blogs and academic papers and common traits of strong blog posts.

The 12 Dos and Don’t of Writing a Blog
Brian A. Klems offers do's and don'ts for writing a blog in this Writer’s Dig post.

So you’ve decided to blog? There are the things you should write about
In this London School of Economics and Political Science blog, authors consider the various different types of blog posts and how each might be used by academics.

A young researcher's guide to perspective, commentary, and opinion articles
Kakoli Majumder offers tips for writing different types of articles in this Editage Insights article.


Writing Groups

Making a Writing Group that Works
In this Inside Higher Ed article, Travis Grandy gives advice for structuring and operating a writing group.

Why You Need a Writing Group
Louise Seamster describes the benefits of a writing group in this ChronicleVitae article.

Writing Group Starter Kit
Resources for building a successful writing group from the Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.