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ERIC Number: EJ1041559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: EISSN-1545-2522
How to Get Published, Part III
Lonergan, David
Community & Junior College Libraries, v19 n3-4 p105-109 2013
A very high proportion of librarians are neither required to publish nor rewarded if they do. The would-be librarian/writer would be well advised to take a brief self-examination before developing a research and publication plan. The author provides a list of questions to consider and also suggests consultation with a colleague with greater knowledge of institutional practice. The questions: Am I obligated or strongly encouraged to publish? Would I prefer to do research and publication? Would I be rewarded in any way for publication? Do I have an advanced degree or training in any other field? Would I be reprimanded for writing in other fields? Are there aspects of my work that suggest research topics? Is there financial support for conference travel? and Can I obtain research time, travel time, perhaps a sabbatical? The availability of research time will go far toward determining whether, and how much, fieldwork will be possible; likewise, whether one may travel to undertake significant amounts of research in a distant library or archive. Librarians who work at a university, or at least who live near one, can consider pursuing further education in order to facilitate research in an area of interest currently beyond their scope. The winning strategy is to write articles, revise in small ways, and continue to write and submit while awaiting the outcome of that submission. There are many journals in need of decent material, and many editors who would welcome the opportunity to read what librarians have written. The better editors will work with authors to improve articles, but authors literally must meet them halfway. [For Part 1, see EJ923188; For Part 2, see EJ1024926.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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