Video about journal publishing basics

I’ve been preparing for some workshops on journal publishing for postgraduate research students and early career researchers. Following the idea of Flipped Learning, and the ‘Learning 2014’ strategy at UTS, my home university, I’ve been trying to minimise the time participants spend in the workshops sitting listening to me talk, and to create more time for group discussion and activities instead.

So I created a 30 minute video covering some basic points – many of which I’ve written about in other posts. Although readers of this blog won’t by default be able to come to the workshops I’m running, I thought I’d share the video anyway in the hope it might still be useful. One day I might even put my face in front of the camera!

If you’re interested, the workshops will then go on to look at: why papers get rejected, what reviews look like and how to respond to nasty ones (which are a sad inevitability in academic life), how to frame a response letter when you’re asked to revise and resubmit, and the ethics of peer review.

The main video can be viewed here

There are two supplementary videos

1. How to find out the ‘zombie’ rank of a journal.

2. A bit more about researching the relative rather than absolute impact factor (or other status measure) of a journal.

The second one gets a bit more into technical side of using excel once you’ve imported relevant journal metrics data from an external source such as Scopus or SciMago SJR.

Please do add feedback and comments below! Are the videos useful? Do you disagree? Do you choose journals in a different way? Do you assess journal status differently? Am I out of date about copyright issues?

On this last point, a big BUYER BEWARE warning: copyright things are changing very fast. Only this week Taylor and Francis announced AAM (author accepted manuscripts) can be put on personal or departmental websites, free of embargo (this doesn’t mean you can make the final paper pdf freely available, but the pre-proofed word version)… so some of my comments will get out of date quite quickly if things keep changing!



2 thoughts on “Video about journal publishing basics

  1. D. P. Dash

    Thank you Nick for this useful blog (and videos). Your area of interest is similar to mine, which I would tag as “research practice.” I like your point about scholarly writing as a way of joining a conversation. I think, even when we are launching new conversations, these are based on prior conversations — whether reported in the scholarly literature or not. As an editor, I must keep in mind some of the viewpoints you have expressed. I sincerely appreciate the work you are doing in research education.

    1. nickhopwood Post author

      Thanks for your comment. I’m very pleased you are finding the blog and videos useful. Yes ‘research practice’ is an interesting area (and good suggestion for a tag).


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