A large number of students get enrolled in graduation as well as doctoral programs but how many of them really get involved in formal writing process at a certain level where they are capable of applying for publication of their academic articles in high rated academic or scholarly journals? Not many. Online Research Journals are considered to be the most transparent forums where the research in a particular academic discipline can be presented, scrutinized and discussed. The academic journals can usually be referred or peer reviewed. Thus everyone who wishes to get its article published in one of the Top Journals must have unique kills and impressive portfolio.
SALIENT FEATURES OF REFERRED OR PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS
Before we talk about the process of article publication, it is important to know the answers of the following questions:
What is the purpose of academic journals?
The main purpose of academic journals is to share new findings through research, to present unique piece of information or to give reports in a certain field of studies.
Are there any particular Subject accepted in journals?
Well, the articles can be written in any area of studies and research but it is often used to talk about one discipline or its sub discipline and published in relevant journals.
What’s the process for publication?
Each article has to go through a peer review process where it is reviewed by an expert author before it is sent for final publication. It is a complex and long process and 95% of submitted articles have to go through this process.
Where the academic journals can be accessed?
There are two main places where these journals can be accessed by the general readers i.e. libraries or online database which can either be free to subscription based.
What are the benefits of article publication?
The benefits of article publication in academic journals are countless such as:
- Most of the universities expect students to get their articles published
- Students become more confident about their research and writing skills
- The door opens for great job opportunities
- Development of connections with professors and researchers
HOW TO INCREASE CHANCES OF ARTICLE PUBLICATION?
It is quite difficult to make huge adjustment in life and spend most part of your day in preparation for publication of academic article. Writing is something that requires hard working, focus and preparation. If you think that one day you will learn to write without even trying, that’s not possible because you must have a realistic approach and learn to write rather than wait to write. You have to take steps and create plans to move into the right direction. When you start an article how many days you need to finish it? Surely, the number of days depends upon the skills that you have. For example, if you know:
- How to create a careful structure of your article
- How to find out the most authentic data
- How to analyze the findings and data
- How to have the discussions and arguments
- How to find the most suitable journals
- How to meet with the specific requirement of selected journal
- How to deal with peer reviewers recommendation
- How to response peer reviewers feedback
- Other important aspects of A-Z steps
If you have all the above mentioned skills, you can easily finish your well research article, that could be accepted for publication in academic journals database, in few days or else you will have to spend from weeks to the months. Since most of the undergraduate students feel themselves at very beginning stage of academic writing, we can’t expect them to finish their work just in few days because they really can’t do it.
HOW TO FIND THE MOST SUITABLE JOURNALS IN YOUR FIELD?
Have you just finished writing a journal article and now looking for a scholarly article database to get it published? Well, the best way to find a platform is to seek help from your advisors, mentors and experienced scholars (if you know some) who can give you the best advice. However, if you want to do it on your own, you must bear in mind that it can be really a big challenge but ultimately you will find your place. First of all, you should answer these questions:
Who is your audience and where you can find them?
You can find them in professional organizations, communities, societies, conferences, seminars, meetings and other events related to your field of studies.
Where did you find the material for your academic journal articles? Where did you to go read similar topics than yours?
You must have visited to libraries, journals, disciplinary indexes or databases and there are the places where you can find the right audience for your article. A librarian, advisor and mentor and even your colleagues can help you find the best places where you can meet the most appropriate audience for your article. We are giving a short list of academic journals and search engines just to give you an idea:
- Academic Search: Multidisciplinary
- Analytical Abstracts: RSC Publishing – Royal Society of Chemistry
- ASCE Library: Civil Engineering
- Association for Computing Machinery Digital Library: Computer Science, Engineering
- Chemisches Zentralblatt Structural Database: Science, Chemistry
- CogPrints: Cognitive Sciences Eprint Archives: Science(General)
- Collection of Computer Science Bibliographies: Computer science
- Directory of Open Access Journals: Journals
- FSTA – Food Science and Technology Abstracts: Food science, Food technology, Nutrition
- Information Bridge: Department of Energy Scientific and Technical Information:
PEER REVIEW PROCESS FOR SCHOLARLY ARTICLES
Once you submit your article for publication, it has to go through peer review process. Though, the process can be varied for different journals, usually it follows the similar pattern given below:
- Step # 1: As an author, you will submit your article to your selected journal.
- Step # 2: The editorial board of the journal will have the first look and decide if your article should be sent for review or be rejected immediately. They can either accept or reject.
- Step # 3: If the editorial board gives clearance and gives green single, the article is sent for peer review.
- Step # 4: Now the ball is in the pocket of peer reviewers and they can choose one from three options:
- Option # 1: Reject Immediately: If the quality of article does not meet the basic requirement of peer reviewers, they will immediately reject.
- Option # 2: Accept Immediately: If the quality is up to the mark and does not require any revisions, it will be accepted without any demand of revisions. However, it happens in rare cases when an article is accepted without any revisions and regarded as approved peer reviewed articles
- Option # 3: Accept Improved Version: if the article is ok but still require some changes to meet the requirement for publication, it will be accepted with recommended changes.
In the third option, changes are recommended by the reviewers and the author should make recommended changes before it is resubmitted to the editorial board. Sometimes, More than one revision is required and it is good for the author as in the results, his/her best work in form of peer reviewed journal articles undergo for final publication.
If you think you will just start and publish your article in an academic journal that’s not possible because you have to spend time and wait with patience for the results. Spend some time in finding the academic sources which show interest in publication of the themes as well as method that you use. When you locate a journal, go through its specific features so you could decide if this is what you are looking for. Read the previously published scholarly journal articles
To understand what kind of research papers and paradigms got published. It is also important to know editors as well as main editorial board members to be able to know what they find more suitable for publication.