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How to get published and disseminate your work

How to... guides for authors

Direct from the publisher, practical tips and comprehensive guidance on getting your work published and increasing its dissemination – from choosing the right book or journal to developing a promotions strategy.

How to... ensure your article is highly downloaded: what you can do PRIOR to submission

The online environment presents researchers with a huge amount of choice in their search for relevant articles. As an author, it is important to remember that your article is competing for attention alongside other articles and online resources, but the good news is that you can make a big difference to how visible papers you write are to researchers. This guide explains how.

What do editors really want?

Is it possible to sum up what editors of academic journals are looking for in a publishable paper? Bringing together the wisdom, comments and advice from some of Emerald's leading editors, this "how to guide" will help you make your paper stand out from the crowd, ensure it lands in the review pile, and then successfully sail through it ...

How to... write a book proposal

Are you thinking of writing a book? Books are as much a part of scholarly communication as journal articles – whereas the latter are usually a write-up of a particular piece of research, a book provides the opportunity to go into a subject in much more depth, drawing on the research of others as well as your own. Despite the emphasis on writing journal articles to fulfil the requirements of research measurement exercises such as the UK's Research Excellence Framework, a well-rounded scholar will write for both media, as can be seen from the biographies of most established academics. This article provides general advice on the art of writing a proposal.

How to... write a journal proposal

The journal remains one of the most popular methods of scholarly communication and, as a new researcher, you probably spent quite a bit of time and energy trying to get your articles published. Now, perhaps, you are an experienced scholar, fine-tuned to the particular movements and developments within your chosen discipline, and you have become aware of an area ripe for development, or one you think needs to be covered with a different slant. Here, Margaret Adolphus guides you through the process of developing and presenting your own journal proposal.

How to... disseminate your work

A good advancement strategy will increase the impact of your work by getting more people to read your article, improving your citation ratings, and ensuring that your work becomes more widely known both within your academic and practitioner community and outside it. It will also help disseminate the practical and policy-related implications of your work to those who can implement it. This guide concentrates on strategies that will help you and your colleagues make your articles, as well as the wider research on which they are based, better known. If you are working as part of a research centre or larger research programme with major funding, then you will need to talk to your partners and your funding body about developing a proper communications strategy.

How to... demonstrate professional achievement through publication

Read about how sharing company achievements in the form of a case study or viewpoint can reach a wide audience of research-focused individuals at academic, public and corporate organizations. Getting published as a practitioner author has career benefits as well as offering promotional opportunities for your company. This concise guide presents the benefits of being published and suggestions on how to achieve this.

How to... survive peer review and revise your paper

What gives being published in a journal especial credibility is that other experts have read the work and deemed it acceptable. The peer review process is therefore what gives the journal in which you have chosen to place your article, and your paper if you have done the necessary revisions, a quality control stamp. This guide offers advice on minimizing the chances of having to revise your work by getting it right in the first place, to a practical example of carrying out your own peer review.

How to... find the right journal

Finding the right journal is as important to the publishing process as is having something original to say and saying it well. Many journal editors claim that a good proportion of their rejections happen not because manuscripts are of insufficient quality, but because they are inappropriate for the journal's objectives. As ever, it is easier (and usually leads to a more successful outcome) if you address these issues as early as possible.