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Publishing Your Work: Strategies for Moving Forward

We often hear talk of the pressure to publish. That characterization of this vital aspect of your career does not acknowledge that we are drawn to our work by curiosity about the world and find great satisfaction from completing a research project and seeing the work published. Nevertheless, a laundry list of obstacles, which include a myriad of other 'urgent' obligations, limited time to devote to writing, feelings that your work is inadequate or incomplete, and negative reviewer responses, can add frustration to writing and contribute to the pressure mentioned above. In this document, we address several practical strategies for preparing manuscripts and seeing them through the review process.

This page is based on material presented by Richelle Allen-King and Steven Wojtal at the 2007 workshop for Early Career Geoscience Faculty. Richelle and Steve compiled this material from the references listed at the bottom of this page, their colleagues and their own experiences.
Richard March Hoe's printing press, six cylinder design. This image is from The History of the Processes of Manufacture (1864), by N. Orr. It is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.

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Support Your Writing

Just Write

Organize It

Preparing Manuscripts

Common Pitfalls and Strategies for Avoiding Them

Knowing When Your Manuscript is Ready

Seek Feedback at Critical Junctures

Make the Most of Reviews

Substantive reviews mean that the reviewer was interested enough in your work to spend time on it. That is a precious resource!

Communication is the Key


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Gray, Tara (2005). Summary (by the author) of Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar, posted on the Tomorrow's Professor Mailing List 6 September 2005.

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