Publishing is important for a number of reasons:
- It increases the visibility of your research and raises your research profile.
- It is a consideration when applying for grants, promotions or new positions.
- It is often a requirement or expectation of employment in an academic or research institution.
Start publishing as soon as you can. Thom Brooks (2008) in his Publishing advice for graduate students
, offers the following suggestions on the publishing process, particularly in relation to the social sciences and humanities. These suggestions can be applied to anyone at the commencement of a publishing career. Read Brooks' paper for a comprehensive overview of getting started as a published author.
- Begin by writing book reviews as a way to become known to journal editors. They are the easiest way to get published. Once your name is in print, even as the author of a book review, a reputation can be established, making it easier to publish original articles.
- Present papers at conferences then turn the papers into journal articles.
- Write replies to articles already published. Journal editors often publish replies as a method of keeping an issue current.
Brooks, T. (2008). Publishing advice for graduate students, Social Science Research Network (SSRN) website. Retrieved February 12, 2008, from (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1085245)
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