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.

The Challenge of Writing the Literature Review: Synthesizing Research for Theory and Practice

The challenge of writing the literature review: Synthesizing research for theory and practice
Steven Chaffee
Debra Lieberman

Many advances in empirical knowledge about communication come via literature reviews that synthesize a large number of studies into a coherent view. A review can take many forms, one being the familiar review within a study. A thorough research report proceeds from a review of prior related work, explains how the present study addresses an issue within that literature, and concludes with an analysis of how the new findings alter the picture. So each investigation begins—and ends—with a synthesis of prior work.

Beyond that standard procedure, a stand-alone literature review usually covers a more extensive body of existing research ...

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