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ERIC Number: ED161102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
On Getting Published: An Editor's Perspective.
Benson, Thomas W.
Experiences of the editors of communication journals can be drawn on for tips on how to get articles published. The editor of "Communication Quarterly" makes the final decision on whether a manuscript should be accepted, accepted with revisions, or rejected. Since revisions are requested in the vast majority of cases, authors should be prepared to revise their work. To ensure accuracy, authors should check all footnotes and quotations against the original sources. The percentage of manuscripts accepted for publication in 11 communication journals runs from 16% to about 36%; since articles rejected by one journal may be accepted by another, authors should be persistent in sending works to different journals, revising them to conform to each journal's style. "Communication Quarterly" figures show that those new to the field are as likely to get published as are full professors; beginning researchers may find it helpful to collaborate with a senior researcher. In deciding whether to publish a manuscript, editors weigh its newsworthiness, clarity, scholarship, and relevance to the field. Researchers should aim at sincere research into particular communicative behaviors and situations. (The paper includes tables showing publication ratios for 11 communication journals and academic status of "Communication Quarterly" authors.) (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Quarterly; Writing for Publication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association of Pennsylvania (Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, October 1978)