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Getting Your Research Beyond the Ivory Tower

Credit: Naturejobs.comSo you've written your academic article (yay!), you've gone through the sometimes-grueling peer review process (thank God it's over!), and now your journal of choice is ready to publish your brilliant research (finally!). Now what?

The process of getting your research out and increasing its impact is not yet over, but the next part of the process is a lot more fun than copy-editing and reading Reviewer #2's comments. In a recent article on Naturejobs, Jack Leeming shares his tips on how to get your paper noticed.

  1. Write a clear paper. Keep your prose as light and jargon free as possible, whilst still maintaining the level of accuracy you need for a research paper.
  2. Write a lay summary and post it somewhere. Write a short summary (400-600 words), have a non-specialist read it for clarity, and then post it online in the appropriate venues (such as your department website/blog or your professional portfolio).
  3. Tell your press office about it. They can help prepare a press release based on your (hopefully) clearly written paper and your accessible lay summary close to your publication date.
  4. Prepare your social media circle. Before your paper comes out, engage with journalists, editors, and scholars via social media to help establish yourself as a contributor to conversations.
  5. Use The Conversation and sidestep all of the above. The Conversation is a news site with content coming entirely from academic researchers. An editor will help you craft a piece into something suitable for mainstream media, and then your article will be freely available for any other organization to publish.

To read Leeming's full article, click here.

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Is Publish or Perish a Myth?

Writing clipartCredit: Microsoft OfficeNow that I've caught your attention, let me get straight to the point...the answer is no. The publish or perish mentality is essential if you are going to pursue a faculty position.

When I surveyed department chairs across the campus, the majority of the chairs said that they look for a strong publication record when hiring new faculty members (see Advice from Department Chairs: The Ideal Faculty Candidate).

In the recent article, "Predicting Who Will Publish or Perish as Career Academics," Bill Laurance, Carolina Useche, Corey Bradshaw, and Susan Laurance described how publishing early and often is critical for success in academia. The more often that you publish, the higher your chances are of getting cited, and the better your chances are of getting a faculty position and tenure.

So, if you are planning to pursue a position in academia, start publishing now! Turn your class papers into publishable articles. Write book reviews. Submit research papers to conferences.

Read through the Publish, Not Perish web tutorial to learn more about the process of getting published.


Web Tutorial: The Art & Craft of Publishing in Scholarly Journals

Having recently gone through the process of getting an article published in a scholarly journal for the first time, I had a lot of questions: If I do not hear back from the journal in 2 to 3 months, should I try to submit the article elsewhere? What do these reviewer comments really mean? How long does the entire process take?

I wish I had first read through the Publish, Not Perish web tutorial developed by the University of Colorado. This insightful tutorial has 5 interactive modules that will take you step-by-step through the process of getting an article published:

  • Overview of Scholarly Journal Publishing
  • Laying the Groundwork: Ideas, Journal Research & Queries
  • Deadlines & Details - Manuscript Prep & Submission
  • From Good to Great - The Editorial Process
  • Making It Yours - Customizing Your Publishing Plan

Before you write or submit your research article, browse this tutorial for helpful tips and advice.

Publish, not Perish Tutorial Screenshot


Publish Your Dissertation to Google Books!


Google book search

ProQuest, one of our favorite information and research databases, recently announced exciting news for degree-bound authors.  You can now submit your thesis or dissertation to ProQuest UMI Dissertation Publishing and click the optional Search Engine feature.  This means that all published works will now be available via Google Books.  Awesome!

Before this recent upgrade, theses and dissertations published through ProQuest had been viewable on the web via Yahoo!Google, and Google Scholar. But the addition of Google Books ensures that authors can now increase visibility of their works online. You simply select the Search Engine option on your dissertation publishing agreement or within ProQuest's UMI ETD Administrator (electronic submission system) and your work will then appear in Google Books.

If you submitted your project to ProQuest in the past and would like to ensure that it's available on Google Books and the previously mentioned search engines, you can contact the customer service group at or call 800-521-0600 ext. 77020. 

ProQuest hopes that authors take full advantage of this enhancement, and we at the GradPost look forward to seeing your research online.