WRDTC Communication and Media Studies Pathway – Event Report | How to get your PhD published in Journals – Paul Stringer

On Thursday 12th January 2017, postgraduate students and early career researchers gathered for a roundtable session on ‘how to get your PhD published in journals’. The event was hosted by the Communication and Media Pathway of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre and took place at the 2017 annual Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) conference in Leeds.

Academics with editorial experience from the European Journal of Communication; Public Relations Inquiry; Information, Communication and Society; the Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies; Media, Culture and Society; and Popular Communication: International Journal of Media and Culture discussed acceptance rates, key decision times, what they expected from good submissions and took turns to offer more general tips and guidance for success.

Here are some of the most important tips they shared:

  • Understand the aims and scope of the journal you’re submitting to. Make sure you read recent issues to gain a better understanding of the work they publish.
  • If you’re unsure whether your paper fits with a journal, don’t be afraid to email the editor and ask them directly.
  • Where you publish is important. Think about the journal and its position within your field of expertise. The most prestigious journals are highly competitive and are often read the most widely. However, it might be sensible to submit your work first to less renowned or more specialist journals.
  • Get your manuscript read critically by at least two people before you submit it. Make sure the formatting of your own article corresponds with the formatting of articles in the journal you’re submitting to.
  • If your article is sent out for review, respect the feedback of reviewers and take their advice / suggestions for amendments seriously. Even small changes to your article can affect its overall shape and structure.
  • Think about co-writing your first article with a senior colleague. You might get find it easier to get published and produce work of a higher standard with the support of another scholar.
  • If you get published, don’t be afraid to email out a copy of your article to a few relevant people in your field. They might find it interesting and it can be a good way to network with scholars outside your immediate circle.

All editors also underlined that it was PhD students who often submitted the most imaginative and interesting research, giving further encouragement to those in the room hoping to get published in the near future.

A special thank you to all those who organised and participated in the roundtable: Professor John Corner, Dr Lee Edwards, Dr Julie Firmstone, Professor Peter Golding, Professor Brian Loader, Dr Jairo Lugo-Ocando and Professor Cornel Sandvoss.