This writing and publishing toolkit is a compilation of advice from other experts on publishing, blogging, peer reviewing, plagiarism and copyright infringement, and writing proposals, policy briefs, press releases and white papers. For information about knowing your audience and messaging, visit the Audience & Messaging section of our toolkit.
GENERAL PUBLISHING TIPS
7 Steps to Publishing in a Scientific Journal
Publishing tips from Elsevier.
9 Publishing Basics for Anyone Submitting to a Scholarly Journal
Leah Fargotstein, a social science journals editor at SAGE, responds to basic yet essential questions about getting published in a scholarly journal.
12 Tips for Accelerating Manuscript Publication
American Journal Expert's (AJE) Senior Academic Editor Michaela Panter shares advice on speeding up the publication process.
My Writing Productivity Pipeline
Erin Marie Furtak, in The Chronicle of Higher Education, describes how she, as an education researcher, uses a writing pipeline to help organize and move her writing projects along.
“What Editors Want: Paving the Way to Publication” Do’s and Don’ts When Submitting Papers [PDF]
Former co-editors in chief for the journal Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology wrote these do's and don'ts.
DECIDING WHERE TO PUBLISH
Choosing the Right Journal for Your Research
American Journal Expert's (AJE) Research Communication Partner Sarah Conte shares important criteria to keep in mind when choosing a journal that is a good match for your research.
How to Target a Journal That’s Right for Your Research
This SciDev.Net article talks about predatory publishers and how to avoid them.
Publications for STEM Educators, Policymakers, and Researchers
Wondering where to publish your article? See this list of STEM education-related publications generated by CADRE for ideas.
Scholarly Journal Publishing: Selecting a Journal That's Right for You
The Jean and Alexander Heard Library presents things to consider when selecting a journal in which to publish.
How to Write an Awesome Blog Post in Five Steps
The Wordstream blog is chock-full of information for both beginner and more advanced bloggers.
The 12 Dos and Don’ts of Writing a Blog
Writer’s Digest hosts this blog post by Brian A. Klems, in which he gives advice on what he has learned over the past 10+ years.
CONFERENCE PROPOSAL WRITING
Tips for Writing a Winning Conference Proposal
Written by David Kelly, the senior vice president and executive director for The eLearning Guild’s face-to-face events and conferences, this article gives advice on things to think about when writing a conference proposal.
Writing a Successful Conference Paper Proposal [PDF]
Kecia Ali, an associate professor at Boston University, offers guidelines for writing a conference proposal.
How-To(sday): How to Write a Paper or Conference Proposal Abstract
Karen Kelsky, the founder and president of The Professor Is In, has written a short guide to writing a paper or conference proposal abstract.
Writing a Great Conference Proposal [PDF]
This guide from ISST-D explains the components of a conference paper or workshop with examples.
10 Tips from an Editor on Undertaking Academic Peer Review for Journals
Professor Brian Lucey from Trinity College Dublin shares his lessons learned.
Helpful Hints for Effective Peer Reviewing
Seri Lowell, a scientific writing specialist, guides readers in how to give productive feedback.
What Is Peer Review and How Do I Use It?
This Writing@CSU webpage is about preparing peer-review workshops for student writers but also provides strategies and sample worksheets that may be helpful for early career researchers.
PLAGIARISM AND COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
What Is Plagiarism?
This website defines plagiarism, gives examples, and includes tips for preventing plagiarism, as well as a link to a plagiarism checker.
How to Avoid Copyright Infringement
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press gives an overview of what copyright infringement is and how to avoid it.
Can I Use That Picture?
The Visual Communication Guy website offers an infographic to walk you through the terms, laws, and ethics for using copyrighted images.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF) PROPOSAL WRITING
NSF Proposal Toolkit
Planning to submit an NSF proposal? This CADRE toolkit is a compilation of helpful resources, including tips for writing a dissemination plan. See also STELAR's Effective Dissemination Plans – Success Strategies for Projects and Proposals to listen to a recording of a webinar that shares advice from seasoned PIs in NSF programs on how they disseminated their work.
WRITING A PRESS RELEASE
8 Tips for Writing a Great Press Release
Huffpost provides a list of things to think about when writing a press release.
How to Write a Press Release [Free Press Release Template + Example]
If you're looking for a starting point, Hubspot provides a template and example of a press release in this article.
WRITING A WHITE PAPER
8 Tips for Writing White Papers (Hint: Don't Call It a White Paper)
Duct Tape Marketing share their tips on writing a white paper.
How to Write White Papers People Actually Want to Read
This blog gives a comprehensive list of things to think about when creating a white paper.
This Purdue OWL resource explains what a white paper is and how it is organized, with tips for writing a white paper.
WRITING POLICY BRIEFS
Policy Communication Toolkit
PACE (Policy Advocacy Communication Enhanced) has created a comprehensive communication toolkit for researchers that covers policy-audience-specific tips on writing, presentations, social media, data visualization, and working with the media.
Reporter's Guide: State Education Policy
Education Writer's Association gives a nice overview of how state education policy works.
Research Impact: How Academics Can Grab Policy Makers’ Attention
This article published by The Guardian and written by the director of the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath goes beyond writing a policy brief and gives tips for academics who want to work with policymakers.
Writing Policy Briefs: A Guide to Translating Science and Engaging Stakeholders
The Women’s and Children’s Health Policy Center, part of Johns Hopkins University, has published these activities and exercises to guide you through writing your own policy brief.
WRITING PRACTICE BRIEFS
How to Identify and Develop Practice Briefs [PDF]
Starting with an explanation of what a “practice brief” is, this resource by the Research + Practice Collaboratory project walks you through how to develop a brief for educators.
See also the Audience & Messaging section of our dissemination toolkit.