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Publish Your Work

You’ve finished the work, and you’re proud of it (as you should be!). But then you begin to wonder: now how do I get this thing published?

Whether you’re looking to sharpen your work through revision, focus on the craft of writing, learn the ins and outs of academic publishing, or focus on online writing, the UI&U Library has you covered. Below is a sample selection of titles to help you polish–and perhaps even publish–your work. For further assistance in accessing similar titles, please feel free to contact us.

Academic Publishing

  • From Dissertation to Book by Germano
  • The academic writer’s toolkit by Berger
  • Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious About Serious Books by Germano
  • Writing for Academic Journals by Murray
  • The Handbook of Scholarly Writing and Publishing by Rocco
  • View All Academic Publishing Ebooks in OneSearch

Mainstream Publishing

  • Indie Design: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book edited by Lupton
  • Book Publishing Encyclopedia: Tips & Resources for Authors and Publishers by Poynter
  • The Making of a Bestseller: Success Stories from Authors and the Editors, Agents, and Booksellers Behind Them by Hill and Power
  • Publishing Confidential: The Insider’s Guide to What it Really Takes to Land a Nonfiction Book Deal by Brown
  • View All Publishing Ebooks in OneSearch

Ebook on a laptop

APA & MLA Formatted Citations!

Are you frustrated by the APA or MLA citation styles? The library provides resources to help you to create, format, and manage bibliographies. One of our favorite resources is the OneSearch Cite Tool.

1) Find the article or book in OneSearch

2) Click the title and then 3) click the cite button

4) Copy & paste the citation into your research paper.  Fix any errors

Visit the Cite (APA, MLA & Tools) page in the Library Help Center for citation examples, Zotero, plagiarism information, and a citations tutorial.

An illustration of instructions above.

Stay Current with Journals in your Field

Reading the top journals in your field is a great way to stay up-to-date, and the library is full of free, peer-reviewed journals!

Popular journals in the library’s collection include: Academy of Management Review, Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, Signs, Journal of Human Lactation, Police Chief, Research on Social Work Practice, and the American Political Science Review.

The library collection even includes popular magazines such as Oprah, The Smithsonian, and Consumer Reports.

Your librarians are ready to help you find the right journals for you, and to set-up alerts so new issues are delivered straight to your inbox!  There is also a journals alert tutorial in the library’s help center with journal suggestions and instructions for creating an alert.

Sticky Notes

Academic Writing and Publishing

Whether you are interested in publishing your research or just want to improve your academic writing skills, the UI&U Library is here to help. Check out the library’s newest e-books for tips on persuasive and effective writing, finding the right home for your research, and understanding the publishing process. You can also access additional publishing and writing resources in OneSearch.

 

 

They Say, I Say (audiobook). “The New York Times best-selling book on academic writing―in use at more than 1,500 schools.
“They Say / I Say” identifies the key rhetorical moves in academic writing, showing students how to frame their arguments in the larger context of what others have said and providing templates to help them make those moves. And, because these moves are central across all disciplines, the book includes chapters on writing in the sciences, writing in the social sciences, and―new to this edition―writing about literature.”—Publisher.

Essentials of Publishing Qualitative Research. “Getting a qualitative article or book published involves more than simply doing the research, writing it up, and sending it off. You also need to know how to navigate the social relations of presenting your work to the journal editor or book publisher—and how to craft your message to them—if you want to be successful. Written by a highly-respected publisher of qualitative research, this brief, practical resource shows you how to identify the right home for your work. It also guides you through the publications process– from crafting the abstract to writing, production, and marketing–once you’ve found the best publisher. The author -demystifies what publishers and journal editors do, how they make their decisions on qualitative articles, research studies, and methods. [Also] discusses edited books, how to publish from your dissertation, and when to consider open access and electronic publications. Includes case studies, appendixes, forms, and resources to help the aspiring academic”—Publisher.

First Steps in Journal Article Writing. “This concise and practical volume guides the reader through the process of article writing for submission to scholarly journals. It provides helpful examples and clarification of the steps involved and will prove to be an invaluable resource for both novice and experienced researchers. Chapters include selecting a topic, proposal design, research design and methodological considerations, submitting an article for publication and the role of critical readers”—Publisher’s description.

Pocket Guide to Preparing Social Work Research Articles. “The art of writing up a completed research project in a format suitable for submission to a social work journal is an ability separate from one’s skills as a research methodologist. It is also an ability that, despite its importance, is often overlooked by research courses and senior-level mentors. This straightforward pocket guide to Preparing Research Articles steps into the void as an insider’s guide to getting published. Drawing on nearly 20 years of experience editing a social work research journal, Bruce A. Thyer has crafted a candid companion to the journal publishing process, unraveling the mysteries that students – as well as many established researchers – might otherwise stumble over, and as a result their prospectus for future success improve. Thyer’s frank advice on selecting an appropriate journal, handling rejections and revisions, understanding confusing concepts like impact factors and electronic publishing, and avoiding common methodological and formatting pitfalls, constitute a gold mine for the fledging researcher-writer”—Publisher.

Publishing Journal Articles. “This accessible, informative and entertaining book provides practical strategies to help maximize the chances of success in getting your work published in the journal of your choice. It offers advice on vital topics such as: how to write and get the style right; what to select for publication; how to plan for success; how to cope with writer’s block; working with editors and reviewers; and how to cope with rejection. It is a must-have book for anyone seeking to write for successful journal publication”—Publisher.

Successful Academic Writing: A Complete Guide for Social and Behavioral Scientists. “Using rich examples and engaging pedagogical tools, this book equips students to master the challenges of academic writing in graduate school and beyond. The authors delve into nitty-gritty aspects of structure, style, and language, and offer a window onto the thought processes and strategies that strong writers rely on. Essential topics include how to: identify the audience for a particular piece of writing; craft a voice appropriate for a discipline-specific community of practice; compose the sections of a qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods research article; select the right peer-reviewed journal for submitting an article; and navigate the publication process. Readers are also guided to build vital self-coaching skills in order to stay motivated and complete projects successfully”—Publisher’s description.

Write it Up: Practical Strategies for Writing and Publishing Journal Articles. “How do you write good research articles — articles that are interesting, compelling, and easy to understand? How do you write papers that influence the field instead of falling into obscurity? Write It Up offers a practical and revealing look at how productive researchers write strong articles. The book’s guiding idea is that academics should write to make an impact, not just to get something published somewhere. Your work will be more influential if you approach it reflectively and strategically. Based on his experience as an author, journal editor, and reviewer, Paul Silvia offers systematic approaches to problems like picking journals; cultivating the right tone and style; managing collaborative projects and coauthors; crafting effective Introduction, Method, Results, and Discussion sections; and submitting and resubmitting papers to journals. With its light-hearted style and practical advice, Write It Up will help graduate students struggling with writing their first paper, early career professors who need advice on how to write better articles, and seasoned academic writers looking to refresh their writing strategy or style”—Publisher’s description.

Writing Research Critically: Developing the Power to Make a Difference. “This is not a standard guide to writing a dissertation, thesis, project report, journal article or book. Rather, this book will help researchers who are dissatisfied with the typical recipe approaches to standardized forms of writing-up and want to explore how academic writing can be used to greater effect. Packed with examples from a range of writing projects (papers, dissertations, theses, reports, journal articles and books), this book provides a practical and refreshing way to approach and present research. Through case studies the authors offer a step-by-step guide from the early stages of planning a writing project, whether an undergraduate paper or a professional publication, to the polishing processes that make the difference between a merely descriptive account to an argument that intends to be critical and persuasive. This book will inspire a wide range of researchers from undergraduates to postgraduates, early career researchers and experienced professionals… and demonstrate how research can have more impact in the real world”—Publisher’s description.

Thesis Turned Cookbook Helping Million+

What do eggs, dried beans, rice, oatmeal, yoghurt, and seasonal vegetables all have in common?  They are food staples in Good and Cheap, a cookbook designed to help people live on $4/day.  For her master’s thesis at New York University, Leanne Brown challenged herself to create affordable, healthy, and tasty meals for students, seniors, people on food stamps, and anyone else on a tight budget.

Good and Cheap Book Covers

In her own words, “I wanted to make something that not only summed up the work I had done during my studies, but also had a useful life outside of academia…it bothered me that so many ideas for fixing the food system leave out the poor: it seemed like they didn’t have a voice in the food movement. I wanted to create a resource that would promote the joy of cooking and show just how delicious and inspiring a cheap meal can be if you cook it yourself.”

Her thesis turned kickstarter project has resulted in one million+ free or discounted cookbooks.

Mouthwatering recipes include:

  • Broiled Grapefruit
  • Cold (and Spicy?) Asian Noodles
  • Cornmeal Crusted Veggies
  • Brussels Sprout Hash and Eggs
  • Potato Leek Pizza
  • Black-Eyed Peas and Collards
  • Half-Veggie Burgers
  • Coconut Chocolate Cookies

Inspired to try out some of these recipes?  You can download a free copy of Good & Cheap or purchase a print copy (and a second copy will be donated)

Proofreading Papers and Email with Text-to-Speech

The Microsoft Office 2010 Speak (text-to-speech) feature can be used to proofread papers in MS Word and emails in MS Outlook.

Add the Speak Icon (one time)

1) Open MS Word or Outlook
2) In the top, left-hand corner you will see several icons.  Usually a save icon, undo/redo icons, and a black arrow pointing down, which is the Customize Quick Access Toolbar button.
3) Go to: Customize Quick Access Toolbar button > More Commands > Change default “Popular Commands” to “All Commands”
4) Scroll down and highlight the “Speak” option
5) Click “Add >>”
6) Click “OK” to return to the document

 

 

 

Use the Speak Button

1)    Highlight the text you want read aloud or use the keyboard shortcut Control+A to highlight the entire document
2)    Click the Speak button on the Quick Toolbar

Word document with text and speak icon highlighted

 

 

 

 

 

 

To view a demonstration of the Speak tool, please watch the view below.

 

Predatory Publishers

Are you planning on publishing?  Then you should be aware that not all academic publishers are reputable.  One helpful tool in avoiding shady publishers is Beall’s List.  Jeffrey Beall is a University of Colorado Librarian who maintains a list of “potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers.”

Here is Beall’s List of publishers to avoid.

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Danger Sign by Jonathan Gill (Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0)