Student Resources: Publishing a Journal Article

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Research Advisory Forum, Hobart 2016

This page features handy resources for PhD students on publishing journal papers, from online sources, to books, ebooks, blogs and YouTube tutorials.

Getting Started

Springer’s Author Academy is an excellent and highly comprehensive online resource that takes you through the writing process from start to finish using video, quizzes and short courses. It is a great place to start, building your knowledge step by step:

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RMIT Study and Learning Centre is another great resource of online teaching materials. These provide a self-guided tutorial on writing a literature review that is user friendly, easy to follow and full of useful information.

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International Journal of Wildland Fire's website is especially useful if this journal is on your target list. Be sure to read the information for authors:

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CSIRO Publishing provides Open Access publishing:

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The Writing Centre at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has an extensive and highly accessible index of handouts on all aspects of the writing process, across all disciplines and for all purposes. It contains useful information on all forms of document writing:

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Internet TESL Journal assists people with English as a second language. The site uses quizzes at various skill levels to help build language resources.

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Books and ebooks

Scientific Writing = Thinking in Words
By David Lindsay, University of Western Australia
Published by CSIRO, WA academic David Lindsay aims to help you structure your writing logically.

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Writing for academic success: A postgraduate guide
(Sage Study Skills Series) 2nd edition.
By Gail Craswell and Megan Poore
Published by Sage, this book provides practical and comprehensive coverage of academic writing skills and communication techniques. An extract from this book is provided on the Australian National University website.

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How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper (8th revised edition)
By Robert Day, Barbara Gastel
Published by Cambridge University Press, this comprehensive and updated guide on publishing for scientific journals covers ethical issues in scientific publishing, explains rights and permissions and discusses writing grant proposals, giving presentations and writing for general audiences.

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“They Say / I Say“: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (Third Edition)
By Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein
Published by WW Norton and Company, this US best-seller sets out a ‘formula’ for writing across all academic disciplines.

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Write it Up. Practical Strategies for Writing and Publishing Journal Articles
By Paul J. Silvia
Published by American Psychological Association. This is book is highly readable, and provides a nuts and bolts on how to craft high impact academic writing.

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Quick tips

How to Publish an Article in an Academic Journal: Avoid Rookie Mistakes
This blog was written from the perspective of someone who both reviews and writes articles.

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Seven reasons why journals reject papers

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Writing for an academic journal: 10 tips

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7 tips to get your first paper published in a journal
This summary is taken from ‘Writing for Academic Journals’.

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YouTube

Literature Reviews: An overview for graduate students
North Carolina State University Libraries

How to write a literature review
Massey University

Writing the literature review (in three sessions)
University of Maryland University College

Journal directories

Australasian Open Access Support Group
Publishes a list of open access journals in Australia.

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University of Melbourne
Provides an expert list of journal directories and finding tools.

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