Writing for Publication: Transitions and Tools that Support Scholars’ Success - Mary Renck Jalongo, Olivia N. Saracho 2016


Part I Professional Roles and Publishable Writing

1 From Aspiring Author to Published Scholar

Who Is an Author?

Metaphors for Academic Writing

The Perquisites of Publishing

The Challenges of Scholarly Writing

Personal Writing Habits

Counteracting Obstacles to Scholarly Writing

Implement Evidence-Based Strategies

Deal with Impatience and Uncertainty

Cope with Time Constraints

Get Past Procrastination and Avoidance

Address Aversion to Writing

Put Perfectionism on Hold

Be Realistic About Criticism

Seek Out More Knowledgeable Others

Use Higher-Order Thinking

Nonnative and Native Speakers of English

Additional Resources for International Scholars


2 From Unpublishable to Publishable

“Fast, Easy and Brilliant” Versus “Clearly and Warmly and Well”

Purposes of Nonfiction Written for Professionals

Argument in Academic Writing

Voice in Academic Writing

Unpublishable Writing

Publishable Scholarly Writing

Preventing Plagiarism

Responsible Conduct of Research

Policies Concerning Simultaneous Submissions


3 From Trepidation to a First Draft

Creativity and Authorship

Identifying and Narrowing a Topic

Locating Suitable Outlets

Generating a First Draft

Seeking Feedback from Others

Why Manuscripts Are Rejected

Coping with Rejection

Getting the Writing Started


Part II Conference Proposals and Article Types

4 From Attending to Presenting at Conferences

About Professional Conferences

Five Steps from Presentation to Publication

Locating Suitable Venues for Making Presentations

Writing the Title and Abstract

Writing the Proposal

Distributing Materials to Session Participants

Writing and Presenting a Conference Paper

Preparing a Speech or Keynote Address

Reflecting on Outcomes

Generating Publications from Presentations

Ethical Issues in Conference Presentations


5 From a Class Paper to a Publishable Review

Understanding Literature Reviews

Purposes for a Literature Review

Types of Literature Reviews

Developmental Sequence in Reviewing

Errors in Reviewing

Indicators of Quality in Literature Reviews

Thoroughness and Authoritativeness


Evaluative Criteria

Publishable Literature Reviews

Additional Resources on Writing Literature Reviews

The Position Paper

Examples of Position Papers

Literature Reviews from Dissertation Chapters


6 From Professional Experience to Expert Advice

The Practical Article as Continuing Professional Development

Planning Strategy for Practical Articles

Template for the Practical Article

Writing the Body of the Manuscript

Writing the Introduction and Conclusion

A Doctoral Student’s Publication of a Practical Article


7 From a Research Project to a Journal Article

Criteria for Quality in Quantitative Research

Structured Format and Content

Guidelines on Writing Each Section of the Quantitative Manuscript

Developing a Title

Writing an Abstract

Writing the Introduction for a Quantitative Study

Writing the Methodology Section

Data Analyses


Reporting Results in a Quantitative Study


Citations and References



Overall Evaluation of a Quantitative Study

Preparing the Manuscript for Submission

Choosing Suitable Outlets


8 From Qualitative Research to a Journal Article

Understanding Qualitative Research

Qualitative Research Methodologies

Writing the Qualitative Research Report

Emergent Design

Writing the Introduction

Writing the Review of the Literature

Reporting on Sampling Strategies

Explaining Data Collection

Describing the Data Analysis

Writing About Findings

Writing the Discussion and Conclusion

Writing the Abstract

Evaluating Qualitative Studies


9 From Mixed-Methods Research to a Journal Article

Mixed Methods Research: The Third Paradigm

Approaches to Writing a Mixed Methods Research Study

Writing a Mixed Methods Research Report

Writing the Introduction

Review of the Related Literature

Methodological Framework

Writing the Methodology Section in Mixed Methods Research

Writing the Data Collection Section in Mixed Methods Research

Mixed Methods Research Data Analyses

Writing the Results Section of a Mixed Methods Study

Writing the Discussion

Validity Issues in Mixed Methods Research

Evaluating the Quality of Mixed Methods Research Reports

Mixed Methods Research Journals


Part III Writing as Professional Development

10 From Consumer to Producer of the Literature

Getting Involved in Book Projects

Reviewing Book Proposals and Book Manuscripts

Writing a Book Chapter

The Edited Book

Becoming a Book Author

Fulfilling the Author’s Role

Selecting a Publisher

Proposing a Book

Securing a Book Contract


11 From a Single Work to Multiple Scholarly Spin-Offs

The Concept of Scholarly Productivity

Assessing the Creative Potential in Projects

Maximizing Scholarly Output

Grants as Writing Opportunities

Writing Tasks Associated with Grants

Building in an Assessment Plan

Ethical Aspects of Multiple Projects


12 From Outsider to Insider in Scholarly Publishing

Indicators of Quality in Publications

Quality Control Measures During Manuscript Submission

Serving as a Peer Reviewer

Identifying Reviewers

The Reviewer’s Role

Misconceptions About Anonymous Peer Review

Rendering Decisions About Manuscripts

Responding to Peer Review

Revising a Manuscript

Interacting with Editors

Evaluating Other Scholars’ Work

Fraudulent Publication

Becoming an Editor


13 From Novice to Expert

Meeting the Challenges of Writing

Levels of Concern Among Authors

Becoming an Academic Author

Scholarly Writing as a Project

Publishing During Doctoral Candidature

Increasing Opportunities to Publish from the Dissertation

Setting a Research Agenda

Collaborative Writing

Allocating Credit for Authorship

Dealing with Irresponsible Co-authors

Supports for Scholarly Authors

Writing Groups

Improving as a Writer