How to End Up Choosing an Appropriate Journal for Publishing

If you are an ambitious research student or researcher, then there definitely comes a stage in your academic life where you want to get your work published in a reputed journal. However, you may have several types of queries regarding the choice of a suitable journal to which you could submit your research paper. Check out here a few considerations that can make you select the right journal for paper publishing.

Find its impact factor value

The range of readership of a journal or its popularity is generally determined by its impact factor value. Thus, you should check this value for your shortlisted journals before making a final choice. If your chosen journal has high impact factor and offers an open access to all online readers, then it may be the right selection.

Look at its audience

Every journal caters to a different audience in specific academic fields. See whether the audience of your chosen journals matches your publishing purpose. If the audience of a journal is your target audience too, then you can easily pick it up.

Determine its space

It is also important to know whether your selected journal covers your subject area and has a wide reach to your target readers. You can only reach such readers if a journal offers space to your type of research studies. For instance, you may be doing a case study while your chosen journal may not like to cover many case studies. In such a case, there occurs a mismatch leading to higher chances of rejection. Thus, make sure to select a journal that keeps your study high on its priority.

Consider the time taken for publishing

Everyone wants to get his/her work published as soon as possible. Thus, it is also necessary to check whether your journal has a shorter time cycle to accept and publish studies. Take a decision after thorough consideration of each of your shortlisted journals.

Writing a Good Article for Research Journal

Why would you like to write for journals? What is your purpose behind your doing so? Do you plan to write for a research assessment? Do you wish to develop your profile in a particular area? Would you decide which journal to write for using this information? If you are not sure, then this is how you should write an article for a research journal.

Have a Strategy

Have you seen how other researchers write for a journal? Which conversation or group do you see yourself joining? Some people prefer to keep their articles ready for publication and then look for a place to publish them. However, some people prefer to write later according to the policies of the journal in which they would like to publish their articles. You would need to first work out why you wish to publish your article in a journal and then, write the article. This will help you stay motivated enough to write a journal article.

Analyze Different Writings

Take a few journals in your field of study and then, analyze them. Make sure you scan through all the writings and look very closely at them. Highlight all the sentences that are important to you. Can you see that the writings in the journal are related to one particular genre of writing? Can you define the different types of writing structures simply by looking at them?

Do an Outline

Do you always simply dive in to start writing or do you write a good outline for all your articles before you can begin writing one? Outlining and writing a plan for your research article are highly useful. They will help you define what you need to write and to develop your ideas. Use lots of action verbs in your research article before going ahead to write it fully.

How to Write a Good Dissertation Introduction?

An introduction is the face of a master’s or doctorate dissertation, which has to be very striking and anchoring too. Usually a dissertation introduction should be strong enough about the rationale of writing a dissertation and about its expected and accomplished findings. Also, a master or PhD scholar should be aware of the fact that an introduction should include the impact of research and its studies in the social order and upcoming batch. Overall, the word “introduction” sounds simple and straight forward yet it is the most crucial and important expect of any written work and if the stipulation is for higher studies, the matter becomes more sensitive. Hence, here come some tips which describe the ways of writing a good dissertation introduction –

  • Why a dissertation is written? – Aim of writing the dissertation and the outcomes expected and actually found has to be written here. Also, how writing a dissertation and its findings can help our subordinates or other academic aspirants are an important fact to be mentioned here.
  • What is there in the dissertation? – This portion includes the description of dissertation topic in detail, its proceedings in the form of abstract and different chapters and their subsections. Problems dealt with the research work and mentioned in the dissertation is also an imperative point to be mentioned. “What”, section may also include the justification about the genuineness of the work.
  • How the dissertation is completed? – Types and modes of conducting research by the means of different research methodologies are described here.
  • Introduction should express the point that, does your dissertation also have some restrictions or constraints that have led some impact on the result of the dissertation?
  • A good introduction should cover up a series of questions asked in the dissertation in order to solve out the issues generated or dispute raised should also be covered in a section of the introduction.

Thus, in a nutshell, it can be described as “a good dissertation introduction should be a summarized form of entire dissertation”.

The Right Time to Go for Substantive Editing Assistance

While many research students go for professional editing help, it is not substantive editing that is always required for your dissertation. If you have native-like command on the English language, then you may not be the one needing substantive editing support. However, it is most required when a student is unaware of basic linguistic rules and academic writing standards. Substantive editing should be availed when you are not confident of your command on the language or you are an ESL (English as a second language) student.

In the above cases, your content and language may not do justice to your hard-done research work. Thus, it will highly require making your work meaningful and logical through substantive editing. This type of editing or review can correct all basic and advanced linguistic errors in your dissertation. Additionally, substantive editing done by a professional editor can make your content more presentable, clear and concise. It can even do fact checking and correct your referencing styles.

If you do not have knowledge about professional styleguides and the writing styles to be adopted in your research area, then it is again time to go for professional help. An editor can assist you in complying with the rules and standards of the style manual recommended by your university. Through substantive editing assistance, you can make your work flawless, as well as can add value to your content. If you do not own a rich vocabulary, then do not worry. Substantive editing improves upon your word usage and paragraph logic too.

Thus, the absence of effective command on the language will not be a barrier for you when you take substantive editing help. In fact, you should go for professional support as soon as you are ready with a rough draft of your dissertation. A professional editor can take care of the rest.

Part Time PhD Programme: Am I on the Track?

Are you a part time PhD scholar, who is sailing in more than one boat at a time? Yes? In retrospect, when you see what you have accomplished in your programme so far, how do you feel? Do you compare your PhD accomplishment with the accomplishments of your co scholars who started around the same time as you? If they are on a full time programme, unlike you, do not do injustice with yourself by comparing. Know that your timelines are different and it doesn’t work similar as a part timer as it works for a full time scholar. Having done her Master’s programme as full time student and now on a part time PhD programme, Anna knows there isn’t any wisdom in doing comparisons. They could be poles apart like chalk and cheese. It was her deliberate, well thought over decision to get into a part time programme. Being there at two places, a full time job and a research scholar, the balance is hard to strike. It has its own set of challenges. There could be various tips to deal with this, but the most important key is to be fair in your expectations from self and accept before you begin that you would take longer than others and it is a choice you have made for yourself.

By now, we have understood that being a part time scholar isn’t easy. But if you are one of those, then just realisation of this may not help the purpose. To successfully accomplish your herculean task of a part time doctoral along with other personal or professional commitments, you need to use the skills you may have developed in your professional life or develop those skills, if you lack them. You need to learn to work around:

1. Setting deadlines
2. Being more focused and task oriented
3. Organised in your work habits
4. Multitasker
5. Scanner or as we called a skim reader

You have all these above mentioned skills. You are a seasoned and mature part timer who knows how to balance and multi task efficiently. If it is in your agenda to enrol into a part time programme, remember to go through this checklist and evaluate your key strengths so as to foresee whether it is a wise move for you or you need to first, like I said, work around your skill set.

Choosing the Right Research Methodology for Your Dissertation

Remember that your entire dissertation and its success is dependent on the kind of research you conduct. Therefore, the right research methodology can make all the difference in your dissertation outcome.

Choosing between quantitative and qualitative methods:

Many students prefer taking the quantitative route simple because they find it easier to deal with numbers and statistics than going the qualitative way. However, many times, numbers cannot do justice in understanding behavior or experiences, which need a strong qualitative method to analyze.

Using both methods together:

This is a common trend that is used quite often by many students and researchers. This helps you collect data in both ways and you can back up one set of findings by the other which is conducted through a different method. You can use a questionnaire to get the quantitative data and conduct interviews for your qualitative data collection.

Things to remember while asking interviews:

  1. Identify the right sample
  2. Keep a set of questions ready that will help you gain the information you are looking for
  3. Try the questions with a friend or a colleague before you take it on the field
  4. Keep notes of the interview
  5. Don’t ask questions that might lead to predefined answers

Things to remember while formulating a questionnaire:

  1. Ensure that the questions are in a logical order and they are easy to understand
  2. Gain permission from the respondents to use the information as your sample
  3. Ensure that the questions are not confusing or leading to expected answers
  4. Code the questionnaire so you can analyze it easily afterwards
  5. Use the right statistical tools to analyze the data

Think about the advantages and problems associated with different research methodologies and then pick one that suits your study perfectly.

Research and the Value of a White Paper

Why is a white paper written? It is written to provide the solution to a problem. There was a time when white papers were typically used for government work. Different government departments had various problems that they needed to tackle at different points of time. They used to appoint commissions and officers to write documents that would provide the answers to all these solutions.

But now white papers are used everywhere. They are used in the IT industry quite a lot especially when a new product has to be introduced to investors and customers. Marketing departments are known for their extensive use of white papers to draw attention to their products and impress upon the outside world the value of what they are selling.

Many white papers are written and they are published on the web. People are always hunting the Internet for information. They want details on a product before they buy it. They want details on an application before they use it. They want details on a service before they subscribe to it. That is why many researchers prepare white papers and then they load it on the Internet. People go online and they read it. Then they make up their minds if they want to subscribe to what the white paper is saying or not.

Students who are working in the Information Technology field should start preparing white papers from a young age and from early on in their academic lives. Once they join the job market, they will find that the demand for white papers is huge. They will find that there is much money to be made in the writing and publishing of white papers. That is why researchers are not complete till they have mastered the art of writing white papers.