Graduate College

Getting Published

The old adage "publish or perish" may be overused, but the fact remains that for graduate students, especially those pursuing a career in academia, publishing research findings is vital. So how do you get started? The articles and podcasts in this section provide expert advice from faculty in a variety of fields on: remaining passionate; improving your chances of getting published; converting your dissertation into a scholarly book; or sharing your research with audiences beyond your discipline.

Publish or Perish

Disciplined passion: Discover your research interests

Dr. Blake Ashforth, a professor in management in the W.P. Carey School of Business, discusses how to discover your research interests and the importance of finding a topic you are passionate about. Podcast: iTunes [30:38]

Don’t forget about your research papers

Dr. Paul Hirt, professor of history, discusses how not to let your hard work on seminar papers go to waste and provides advice on turning them into a conference presentation and then a publication. Podcast: iTunes [34:40]

Setting yourself up for success

Dr Nancy Rodriguez, an associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, shares strategies for publishing while in graduate school. She talks about writing with a purpose, the impact a mentor can have on your publication success, and the role that research plays in attaining future employment. Podcast: iTunes [24:45]

Choosing your advisor and research topic

Dr. Subhash Mahajan, Regents' Professor and director of the School of Materials, talks about the importance of making good decisions in order to be successful in your graduate career and beyond, starting with choosing your advisor and research topic. Podcast: iTunes [27:56]

Publishing in Academic Journals

Writing and publishing in research journals

Dr. Jay Kandampully is a professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University and also serves as editor of the international journal Managing Service Quality. Read the PDF.

Improving your chances of being published

Dr. Jane Maienschein, a Regents professor in the School of Life Sciences, describes the editorial review process and shares strategies for improving your chances of being published. She advises graduate students to "get a point" in their writing, seek feedback and to be persistent. Podcast: iTunes [22:56]

Insights from a journal editor’s perspective

Dr. Kory Floyd, a Professor in the Hugh Down's School of Communication, shares some insights about what journal editors are looking for and provides some helpful information about what you can do to better your chances of getting published. Podcast: iTunes [44:02]

The peer review process: succeed through perseverance

Dr. Stephen West, a Professor in Psychology at ASU, outlines the review process used in peer-reviewed journals. He provides graduate students advice on submitting a paper to a journal for the first time, and how to recover and handle revisions and rejections from a journal. Podcast: iTunes [22:36]

Publishing the Dissertation as a Book

Turning your dissertation into a book

Read this PDF, downloaded from The Graduate School-Mentor Memos - University of Washington

Converting your dissertation into a book

Dr Alberto Acereda, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of International Letters and Cultures and Dean’s Faculty Fellow of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, talks about the process of transforming your dissertation into a book, moving from reading stage to the writing stage, and the importance of finding time to write. iTunes [23:23]

Strategies for publishing your dissertation as a book

Dr. Sally Kitch, the Humanities Professor of Women and Gender Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU, describes stages and strategies for getting your dissertation published as a book. iTunes [32:49]

Publishing Beyond Your Discipline

Communicating research to non-researchers

As we become immersed in our research, we often lose the “big picture” perspective of what we are doing and how to explain it to those not familiar with the specifics of our discipline. The ability to communicate with the general public about our research is increasingly important as we face greater scrutiny from taxpayers who may not see the advantage of funding research for which they do not see a purpose. In this series, Associate Vice Provost Joan Brett moderates a panel of faculty members from a variety of disciplines as they share their experiences in communicating academic research with non-academic audiences. The featured faculty speakers are: Dr. Marcia Levitus, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Dr. Andrea Morales, Associate Professor of Marketing; Dr. Jason Robert, Associate Professor of Ethics in Biotechnology and Medicine; and Dr. Nancy Selover, Research Professor of Geological Sciences and Urban Planning and Arizona State Climatologist.

Avoiding common mistakes

In this segment, faculty members discuss some of the common mistakes academics often make when trying to communicate their research to non-academics and how to avoid them. They stress the importance of knowing one’s audience, having a focused message, and avoiding using lingo or jargon that may be unfamiliar to an audience. Podcast: iTunes

Making research understandable

The faculty panelists discuss the importance of engaging the audience with concrete, relatable examples that address the “So what?” and help the audience understand the importance and impact of the research. Podcast: iTunes

Tools and tactics

Faculty members share the techniques they use to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences, such as analogies, concrete examples, graphics, and interactive methods. Podcast: iTunes

Knowing you’ve been understood

How do you know your audience has understood your message? In this segment, the faculty panelists emphasize the importance of using audience questions to gauge their level of understanding, and what to do if you’re not being understood. Podcast: iTunes

Communicating with journalists

The panelists offer advice on discussing your research (or others’ research) with journalists to ensure that your message is accurately represented in the media. Podcast: iTunes

Questions from the audience

The faculty panelists answer student questions about communicating their research, including topics such as building partnerships with communities outside of academia, effectively demonstrating the value of one’s research, and handling situations where your audience may disagree with you. Podcast: iTunes

Closing the gap: Giving the people what they want

Lee Gutkind provides a brief overview of the purpose of creative nonfiction and how creative nonfiction written by academics can provide much needed information to the general public. Free Royalty Free Music by DanoSongs.com. Podcast: iTunes

The market for academic nonfiction

David Fugate, a successful literary agent, talks about the market for creative nonfiction and what publishers are looking for. Free Royalty Free Music by DanoSongs.com. Podcast: iTunes [13:22]

Getting your mother hooked on the story

Joel Garreau talks about the importance of connecting with your audience in a way that will make them want to continue reading and not lose them when you discuss the specific details of the topic you are sharing. Free Royalty Free Music by DanoSongs.com Podcast: iTunes