Scholarly Publishing (A Short Guide) now available.
The ebook is published. Paperback coming soon.
A companion to The Scholarly Writing Process, in Scholarly Publishing I focus on the big picture of publishing for scholarly audiences. After discussing the purpose of publishing for scholarly readers and what is meant by making a contribution to the advancement of knowledge, I look in detail at the main types of scholarly publication: books, peer reviewed journal articles, and various types of work-in-progress publishing (conference papers, working papers, etc) to help you decide which type of publication will best suit your purposes. The concluding chapter discusses how you can improve discoverability of your publications. Each chapter has questions to help you apply the information to your own situation.
Love Your (Academic) Work!
You became an academic because you are excited about ideas and about communicating those ideas to others. How many nights have you stayed up late with colleagues discussing ideas? Don’t you still do that at conferences sometimes? Heck, that kind of free flowing intellectual conversation is probably your definition of a good night out.
You should love your job. And yet, the positive joy at discovering new things and telling the world about them has been tempered by fear. Fear is not conducive to getting anything written, as you may have discovered. And it is certainly not conducive to submitting whatever you have written for publication. Fear makes it hard to set priorities and create boundaries around your work.
I firmly believe that your academic career has the potential for joy as well as success. I want to help you make that possibility a reality. An academic career is a path, and there are a lot of different paths that an academic career can take. Tap into your deep curiosity. Develop a writing practice that will create knowledge. Confidently share that knowledge with those who would benefit from it — students; other scholars; curious people outside of the academy, whether they be practitioners, policy makers, or others.
Love your academic work because it is meaningful and satisfying, and because it does not take over your whole life. Eat. Sleep. Play. Love. Create.