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Publication Advice


PhD on Track has the following tips for choosing publishing houses:
  • How many titles are published in your field, both annually and totally?
  • Are you familiar with the authors and editors cooperating with
    this publisher?
  • Are you familiar with researchers cooperating with this publisher?
  • Do they have a division for your discipline?
  • Do they publish relevant book series?
  • Is the publisher or the book series ranked in the Norwegian Scientific Index or the Danish BFI Authority List?
  • What are the copyright policies?
  • What are the publisher’s ethical profile and aims?
  • Do you regularly read books from this publisher?

Courtesy of : PhD On Track


Choosing a journal is more important than just looking at the ABS rankings. Each journal represents a scholarly community with its particular rules (many of which are often unwritten). As an example, see the advice on publishing in the Journal of Management from a presentation given at Edinburgh Napier in April 2017.
General Publishing Criteria
  • Unusual, surprising, quirky, or challenging papers are welcome
  • A strong theoretical orientation
  • No preference is given to a particular topic, method or level of analysis
General Rejection Criteria
  • Lack of a clear, significant and interesting contribution
  • Lack of methodological rigor
  • Lack of a clear and appropriate theoretical framework
  • Lack of clear implications for management theory and practice
  • Lack of Fit
  • Lack of a compelling research agenda
Post Rejection Tips
  • Some papers are rejected after a number of reviews
  • Don’t take it personally
  • Once you have recovered from disappointment ask yourself – do they have a point?
  • Use the process to develop the paper
  • Discuss with editor
  • Consider appealing (if you have a strong case)
  • Send it to another journal (but revise it first, you may end up with the same reviewers

Further information below:


Advice and Guidance



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One of the big attractions of writing for us is that we can't publish until you have approved the final edited version, which gives you much more control over your material than in the rest of the media. The size of your potential audience is substantial, partly thanks to our creative commons policy, which means that any media outlet can republish your piece so long as they credit you and us and don't change anything. Our writers get access to a trove of metrics that track readership numbers, social media comments and shares, where it's been read and where it's been republished. And the whole process is designed to give you as much support from our dedicated team as necessary.
If you'd like to write for us, please email Steven Vass, the Scotland Editor, at steven.vass@theconversation.com. Best is to send a short pitch of about 100 words outlining what you want to say, why now is the right time and why a general audience would be interested. Or if you're keen but not sure what the thrust should be, by all means drop me a line and we can take it from there.