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 Historical Essay

The challenge of writing the historical essay
Jean Folkerts

Writing history successfully is a bit like being a good journalist. A historian must have a command of facts; be capable of creative, thorough, methodological research; be able to tell a story; and be aware of how his or her experiences influence the process. My goal in this chapter is to help historians become more successful in getting their work published regardless of their approach, methods, or topic. A good historical manuscript is one that moves beyond a banal approach to the creation of meaning by contextualizing the topic, applying interdisciplinary principles, grounding arguments in theory, and telling a good story.1 I begin this chapter with a caution that you be ...

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