Well-known journal editors and Communication scholars Alison Alexander and W. James Potter provide an insider’s guide to getting published in scholarly communication journals. Alexander and Potter begin with a review of the manuscript submission process followed by coverage of writing traps that should be avoided. Additional chapters, written by eight other distinguished journal editors, tell prospective authors what editors and reviewers look for when deciding which articles should be published and which should not.

Avoiding Writing Traps

Avoiding writing traps
W. James Potter

Scholarly journals do not publish research; they publish manuscripts. When trying to get our research published, one of the most common mistakes we make is to focus all our effort on research tasks and think little about the task of writing. We believe that if we do good research, the writing about it will not present any problems.

Many of us are excellent researchers, but we have great difficulty getting published because we do not know enough about writing. We are left to learn the skills of scholarly writing on our own. It is unfortunate that in graduate school the focus of our education is almost exclusively on research, with curricula composed of courses in theory, methods, and tool ...

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