Develop a Set of Realistic Expectations
- X (4?) articles accepted, in press, or published before completion of DPhil
- 2 or more in peer reviewed journals or equivalent outlets
- book chapter(s) are good, more valued with other professional journal articles
(Co-)Authorship issues vary across disciplines, but in Internet Studies:
- One or more single authored publications idea
- Co-authored publications fine, but not only co-authored publication
- Agree a strategy to manage co-authorship over two or more works (don’t agree to be the last co-author on all publications, unless that is fair
- Co-authorship is growing more common with team-based research
Present Your Work
- Present any piece being developed for publication
- Discover flaws and missing links, ordering problems in the argument and its presentation, in addition to getting feedback
- Often the source of suggestions of appropriate journals, even invitations to submit to a particular journal
- Don’t present too many conference papers relative to your publications – suggesting a lack of focus on getting your work published
Be Your Own Toughest Critic on whether Your Idea or Analysis is Publishable
- Is it an original contribution (empirically (new data set, new operational definitions, original observations or case studies), theoretically, otherwise)?
- Is it sufficiently important? A relatively simple contribution might merit a blog, or a research note, but not justify the time required for a full journal article.
Prioritize your Time, but be Flexible
- Focus your attention on the most important original contribution you can make, rather than saving it for future publications
- Create files, stacks or folders for other ideas, papers, which might rise or diminish in significance over time.
- Keep your priority, but if you can’t make progress, don’t stop writing. Move to another paper, where you feel able to make progress.
Follow a Simple, Clear Structure Reflecting Basic Research Processes
- Problem, research question, literature, approach, methods, findings, limitations, discussion of implications and further research
- Explain what you are going to do. Do it. Tell the reader what you’ve done.
- Do not write a mystery novel.
- Essential Element, but don’t Over Kill
- Are you aware of relevant research?
- Has related research been published in the journal you are considering?
Carefully Consider the Journal(s) in Which to Choose to Publish
- Centrality to your work based on Track Record of Published Articles
- Links to the Academic Community of the Editor, and Editorial Board (Have you read or heard of these scholars?)
- Do you publish in refereed journals in your field of specialization?
- Among the fitting journals, it is best to have your article accepted in one with a higher impact factor, and indexed by the right sources.
Write for the Chosen Journal
- Follow the journal’s style guidelines
- Keep to guidelines on length, word count
- Do not submit to another journal while being considered by your chosen journal. This may cause you to think twice about submitting to some journals, such a one noted for slow turnaround of reviews.
Respond to Reviewers
- Good luck on first review and chosen set of reviewers
- Most journals will return your manuscript to the initial reviewers, so it is practical to focus on understanding and being responsive to review
- Explain how you’ve responded to reviews, particularly when reviewers offer contradictory suggestions.
- Don’t be discouraged by critical reviews, and don’t blame the reviewers, if your writing has not convinced them of the merits.
- Be attentive to positive reviews: Why did the reviewer like your piece?
- If unsuccessful, consider an alternative journal, in light of the reviews.
The Importance of Focused Time
- Not Alcohol, Drugs, or Sleep Deprivation
- Time on Task in Revision after Revision
- Consistent Discipline in Reading and Organizing Notes and Research
- Record your ideas, notes, readings, systematically. Read: C. Wright Mills, ‘On Intellectual Craftsmanship’
- Focus on the Article, get feedback from colleagues who read or discuss your ideas, and revise, and revise again.
 Take a look at Galbraith’s wonderful essay on Writing Typing and Economics: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1978/03/writing-typing-and-economics/305165/
William H. Dutton (B.A. University of Missouri; M.A., PhD. SUNYBuffalo, 1974) is Professor of Internet Studies, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Balliol College.