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5 Tips to Publish Your PhD Dissertation With Less Stress

 

 

 

 

 

Struggling to manage your stress? Try these 5 tips to help.

1. Be sure to do your homework regarding ownership of your copyright. Many new PhD scholars are often not aware that by submitting to a peer reviewed journal, one does not retain control ownership of your copyright. You want to ensure that you know who owns what you write and how you can use it after submission.

2. Be sure to do your homework regarding the format of the publishing entity. Did you know there are at least 5 different styles:  The Big Three that most know are APA, MLA, and CMS.  There is also Chicago Style, Harvard Style and Turabian.  Know which format your journal requires before submitting .

3. Be sure to review the rejection rates of submission. Each year APA publishes a Journal Statistics and Operations Guide. Rejection rates range between 47% and 90%.

4. Be sure to review the timeline to publish. How long is the submission process? Many journals require submission of an abstract to begin the process (which could take up to 6 months or more for acceptance). Then once the abstract is accepted, how long will it take for your article to appear in print? This timeline could be anywhere from another 6 to 18 months! This time factor could be important if you are interviewing for a new job.

5. Finally, be sure to hire a quality editor to review your work. The quality of your writing as well as how well your writing meets the publisher’s requirements. Don’t got it alone.  Be sure to enlist the help of a qualified colleague as well as a quality publisher.  Contributing to the high rejection rates as listed in #3 is the lack of quality and adherence to the required format. Whether APA or MLA or one of the other 5, success is in the details and this attention to the quality of your writing could add stress to whether or not you will be accepted.

Getting published is a wonderful accomplishment.  Know before you submit!  Knowledge is your power and leverage to becoming a published doctoral scholar.

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January 22nd, 2018 by admin