Writing and Publishing: Resources for Researchers and Scholars

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Expert Advice on Publishing Journal Articles

The following publications and websites offer helpful guidance on the basics of  publishing journal articles in the social sciences and sciences.

IEEE Author Center:  https://ieeeauthorcenter.ieee.org/

         Although IEEE is a society for technology and engineering professionals, the information about writing and publishing research provided on this website is broadly applicable to the STEM fields.

Benson, Philippa J.; and Susan C. Silver. What Editors Want: An Author’s Guide to Scientific Journal Publishing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.

            Benson and Silver explain how a journal editor evaluates a manuscript and determines whether or not to publish it. They walk the reader through the publication process from judging the novelty of one’s research to choosing the right journal, from submitting an article to responding to peer reviewers. They conclude the book with a chapter on ethical issues and a chapter on current trends in scientific publishing. Added features of the book include sidebars with advice from prominent publishing professionals, a checklist for readers to complete when submitting an article, and a list of sources of no-cost or low-cost images.

Harmon, Joseph E.; and Alan G. Gross.  The Craft of Scientific Communication. Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 2010. 

            In the first part of this book, Harmon and Gross provide instructions for writing the various components of a scientific journal article – posing a research problem, choosing a title, structuring the argument, preparing the methods section, and citing sources. In the second part, they discuss proposals, presentations, and articles for lay audiences. In the third section, they conclude with two chapters on writing styles. The two chapters on PowerPoint presentations may seem dated, but the advice regarding the use of visuals remains relevant.