Start your love story with journals

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Whether you’re completely new to publishing, or are getting back onto the publishing scene after a break, there are a few things you should bear in mind before getting started.

After a thorough review of the literature, my conclusion is to keep MEETIC advice for dating, but applied to journals/editors instead of people:

  • Keep it real: You get what you give. Honesty and communication have often been viewed as the cornerstones of a happy relationship, so by being honest about yourself and what you’re looking for in a journal from the start, you’ll have a better chance of meeting a journal who’s right for you. (Target journals which fit your research quality and your curriculum excellence).
  • Get the most from your time. If you want to catch editors’ eyes and stand out from the crowd, it pays to be specific in your interests and to highlight the qualities you and your research have. (Submit well crafted papers).
  • Trust your instincts. Love generally happens over time, so if a journal you’ve never met or have recently made contact with asks you for money, they probably don’t have the best intention. (Wise piece of advice! Though I don’t necessarily agree with it regarding journals).
  • Be Date Smart. Meeting good journals for the first time can be extremely exciting, but be sure to keep your feet on the ground and stay sober throughout the date. (Heed what editors say, be positive and answer always in time, either accepted the paper with changes or rejected).
  • Long Distance Journals. Fifty years ago, the idea of ‘courting’ journals ‘who lived’ in the next town (much less across the globe) was pretty much unheard of. Today, technology has made it possible to publish in journals all over the world, and we constantly hear of inspiring long-distance and international journal love stories.

Every day, many academics successfully find love with journals on Gaudeamus, so why not get started now?

Publish or perish? The curse of the researcher


The idea of this post is to think about the need and urgency to publish in journals for an academic. To begin with, publishing regularly in good journals (peer-reviewed journals, covered in relevant indexes) is vital to upgrade your career as an academic.

This thing of publishing is a pimple I found when I finished my doctoral dissertation and started to take an interest in lecturing and academic career. I believed that to be smart and handsome (so to speak), to have a PhD and an MBA would be enough to get you hired at any university or business school. But it does not.

So there are two types of complementary reasons to publish in journals:

Reasons first class, politically correct, which editors love:

  • to improve the world and the science, producing solutions for our human problems.
  • because you are passionate about your research and you want to broadcast it.
  • as a reward in itself and a certification that your research activity is good enough.

Pragmatic reasons for pirates of the Caribbean, and survivors of the academic jungle:

  • to improve your curriculum and stand out.
  • to find a tenure position, or just a professor job.
  • to meet the requirements of the tenure, and not be fired.
  • to raise funds for your future research.

But, what are your objectives for publishing? Do you meet the rules? Or publishing is above anything else? Even jeopardizing your reputation in the publishing industry?

Research is fine, you learn, meet people and have fun (rich man), but many times the process of publishing is the other side of the coin (poor man). Gaudeamus helps you to improve the process of publishing in journals.

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