Top Ten Tips for Planning, Writing Publishing Articles

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					 Top Ten Tips for
Planning, Writing &
Publishing Articles
    Ann L. Wood, Ph.D.
 Laser Research & Writing Think Tank
           May 13, 2005
      #1. Write about Your Passionate
   Choose a topic that will motivate you to
    work with it for 1-2 years

   Know why you are writing something

   If you’re not really interested in the topic,
    your readers won’t be either
    #2. Write about What you Know
   Know your topic’s literature inside & out
   Read journals, articles, etc. on your topic
   Talk about your topic with other authors
   Attend conferences on your topic
   Collect conference papers on your topic
     #3. Write about What You Do
   Teaching – course projects, curriculum,
       & assessments
   Research – action research, program
            evaluations, experiments,
            ethnographic, case studies
   Job assignments – supervision of student
            teachers, coordination of programs
   Professional or community service
#4. Conduct Research Rigorously
   Follow research methodology meticulously

   Avoid “garbage in, garbage out” data collection
   Triangulate data
   Read reference books on different research
   Read and critique research articles
       #5. Learn Reference Styles
   Learn APA &/or Chicago reference styles
   Editors may reject for failure to know style
   If you are an APA person, pick journals that
      use it; sticking with one style saves time
   Practice writing components of a reference
   Have colleagues proofread your article for
        APA style before submitting for review
       #6. Write Regularly (Daily)
   There is always time to write. Make time!
   Establish the writing “habit” (a designated
       space, place, time & tools)
   Writing blocks & remedies
   Read references on academic publishing
    #7. Clarity, Brevity & Organization:
             The Writing Triad
   “Explain it to me like I was two.” (“Philadelphia”)

   Terms, objectives, method, & results

   Know & include parts of a research article

   Where does your research fit into the literature?

   How does your article contribute to the field?
            #8. Know Journals
   Read many journals, especially new ones

   Discuss journals with published colleagues

   Check style, acceptance rates, turnaround
      time & themed issues (4 x rate of
   Read reference books about journals
    #9. Write for a Selected Journal
   Write for the audience, the journal readers
   Who are they? What do they want?
   Select a journal with an acceptance rate
       matched to your level of publications
   Send a query letter to the editor before
   Obtain journal guidelines & follow them
#10. Integrate the Article Submission
      Process with RTP Needs
   Plan ahead for manuscript acceptance
       before or while your RTP file is open
   Monitor submitted manuscripts
   Communicate with editors
   Make revisions (85% acceptance rate) &
      resubmit manuscript
            Becoming a Writer
   Like becoming a teacher, writers develop
       over time
   Teachers teach everyday; writers need to
       write every day
   Share your writing with trusted colleagues
   View editors as teachers or mentors
   Start a writing support group
   Become a manuscript reviewer