How Grad Students and Junior Professors Can Publish, Not Perish


December 27, 2013

Getting published is hard—especially for graduate students and young professors trying to do it for the first time, without a full understanding of the rapidly changing publishing environment. The fierce competition for academic jobs has put more pressure on graduate students to publish early and often. Hiring institutions are increasingly likely to expect newly-minted Ph.D.’s to have a book under contract, or to have published some scholarly articles, at the very least. And, like it or not, the book-length monograph remains the gold standard for tenure and promotion.

So it’s no wonder young academics have plenty of unanswered questions about publication. This special panel pulled together current and former editors from some of the most influential journals in American studies to debate a number of those topics: When should you start publishing review articles? Should you ever publish in a non-refereed forum? Should you craft seminar papers so that they lend themselves to publication in a particular journal? (And how would you even go about doing that?)

In other words, there was a lot to chew on. But here were a few of the most useful tips on offer… Read the article on Vitae.

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