Enclosing a copy of the original article or manuscript will enable the editor to verify the differences and make an informed decision. The book covers not only scholarly monographs but also textbooks, anthologies, volumes with many contributors, and trade books. Large university presses with experience in marketing general interest or professional books are just as effective at marketing such books as are the trade houses. The only time an agent is likely to be interested and useful is when you have written a trade book, one for a general audience that should be published by a commercial house. Which one can you write? If the editor wants two copies of the manuscript, send two copies.
If publishing a book is optional for tenure, this is the time to decide whether you might be better off writing a major article for a top journal and moving on to another project. Do not use technical words merely to impress. If you are asked to referee an article that you have previously advised be rejected, you should behave in a civilized, ethical manner. Most standards revolve around two issues: knowledge and responsibility. Occasionally review takes more than a year. Once you have gotten responses indicating interest in your manuscript, you need to decide where to send it first. When deciding whether to submit to an electronic journal, you should consider the same factors as for a print journal: quality, reputation, appropriateness, and speed of decision making.
You should be honest about this. If you have written a book that competes with the volume to be reviewed, you should decline. Successful trade books make money, but authors should not be misled by the six- and seven-figure advances paid to a handful of best-selling authors and celebrities. Your review would not be credible and would be a disservice to yourself and the reader. A speech generally contains references to the occasion of its presentation.
Some, however, are electronic only, and some publishers and 15 Handbook for Academic Authors librarians believe that most journals will shift to purely electronic publication in a decade or two. You will find most of this information in Chapter 4, but it appears throughout the book wherever it is relevant. On the rare occasion when republication of material is appropriate — for example, if the first appearance was a brief note in a journal with very limited circulation, or in another language — you should nevertheless tell the editor the circumstances of the first publication. For this reason, publication by a vanity press carries no prestige and no clout with tenure committees. I read it once a year without fail. The real value of public presentation lies in the opportunity to receive criticism and suggestions, anticipating the responses of peer reviewers. This is marginally more ethical than duplicate submission, but it is equally wasteful.
The proof may be electronic or hard copy. A frequent error is the use of jargon. It is possible — and in some fields even probable — that a second journal will send an article to the same referee that the first journal used. However, you should make sure that the publisher is well regarded in your discipline and among the senior colleagues who will be making decisions about your future. The reputations of authors and publishers ride on the same books. Close personal or professional ties to 30 Journal Articles the author especially if you are mentioned in the acknowledgments are another reason to decline the assignment.
By expanding temporally, into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, you could attract most French social historians. They are doing interdisciplinary work, increasing the potential to reach larger audiences. A literature search was required in your dissertation to demonstrate that you know and understand what others have said about your topic. Although most presses encourage home faculty to submit manuscripts and do try to publish their work when it is worthwhile, all manuscripts are subject to the same reasonably impartial refereeing process. Some, however, take into account citation rates, impact factors, or other measures of status. I hope that this edition reflects the enthusiasm and optimism that I have seen among young colleagues and that I myself have regained. The growth of specialized journals since the 1960s has expanded opportunities for publication.
Hire the one with whom you feel most comfortable. Originality and value: Is the manuscript a contribution to the field? Close the letter with a request that they let you know when you may expect a decision. If your research is supported by grants from a federal agency or a private foundation, you should write publication costs into the proposal. Changes in the economics of publishing and bookselling have led me to update the chapter on costs and prices. Second, it reassures colleagues, administrators, and search committees that your book is truly worthy of publication, having met the standards of impartial reviewers. This page intentionally left blank Handbook for Academic Authors Fifth Edition Whether you are a graduate student seeking to publish your first article, a new Ph.
It may have been a successful academic exercise but no more than that. Check and recheck all quotations. Take a look at the date of the current issue to see whether the journal is hopelessly behind schedule. I have already suggested some possible sources of articles: your methodology, anything tangential to your book, and anything that needs to be mentioned in the book, but not at length. In an article offering suggestions on journal writing, Richard Penaskovic recommends using the term returned rather than rejected. These types of publishers differ in their refereeing procedures, to some extent in the kinds of works they publish, in their approaches to marketing, and in the contractual arrangements they make with authors. Second, if you want to suggest possible readers or warn them away from readers you expect would be hostile, now is the time.
University press budgets have suffered along with those of academic departments, and presses are more than ever tightening their belts and seeking new markets. Should you sign the publishing contract you have been offered? It also tells you how to proofread and index your book. If your only remaining hope is a journal with a reputation for publishing almost anything, you need to decide whether publication will help or hurt your career. You may have to find an appropriate punctuation mark or phrase to substitute for the raised eyebrow, hard stare, or eloquent gesture that you relied on when speaking. Do not, for example, submit a bibliographical review to a journal that never includes such reviews, even if it does include other sorts of articles in the same field.
Similarly, references to time should be adjusted. Some publishers have begun imposing another sort of charge, in response to the open access movement. There are two possible answers, neither of which is flattering. Does it have any value as a textbook? Finally, a word about this book and Cambridge University Press. Defend it, 36 Revising a Dissertation set it aside, graduate, celebrate, and move on to your first job. If you can accomplish this apparently modest goal — and if you have something new and important to say — you will be on your way to publication in a reputable journal.