Researchers, from postgraduate students to experienced academics, are generally expected to publish their findings, usually in an academic journal. However, getting published can be a stressful undertaking and anyone submitting to a journal needs to understand that rejection happens. Most journals have a process of editorial review before a paper is even sent to peer reviewers, and many papers are rejected at the first gate. So how can you increase your chances of acceptance?
In this workshop, using the IAFOR Journal of Education as an example whilst also referring to journals more generally, you will be taken through a number of aspects of presenting your work for publication. You will be provided with examples of what to do (and not do), have the opportunity to discuss your own tips for success, and to ask questions that are puzzling you.
While the main focus of the workshop is about maximising your chances of acceptance, it will conclude with an examination of how to respond to reviewers if you are given the opportunity of re-submitting a paper.
The workshop is applicable for anyone interested in discovering more about how to improve the chances of acceptance of a paper. It is relevant to the early postgraduate student as well as to more established academics.
Yvonne Masters is an independent researcher in Australia. She has been involved with IAFOR for several years as a member of The Asian Conference for Education Organising Committee, as co-facilitator of The Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium, and as a member of the International Academic Advisory Board. Yvonne is the current Editor-in-Chief of the IAFOR Journal of Education, a Scopus indexed, open access journal on education.
Yvonne was a teacher and teacher educator for over 40 years and is still passionate about education. She was a senior lecturer in Professional Classroom Practice in the School of Education, University of New England, Australia, a position that she accepted after five years as Director of Professional Experience in the same School. Prior to taking up her position at UNE, she had 30 years’ experience in secondary schools including in the roles of Curriculum Coordinator, Deputy Principal and Principal. Her teaching experience spans three Australian states. Her research interests centre on undergraduate research, academic publication, teacher education and policy, professional experience, teacher identity, online learning and virtual worlds. Yvonne was awarded her PhD, focused on school principalship, from Deakin University.
She is an active researcher and gained, in collaboration with other researchers, 4 Internal UNE School of Education Research grants; was a partner in a $200,000 ALTC (OLT) grant, VirtualPREX: Innovative assessment using a 3D virtual world with pre-service teachers; in 2014 achieved a UNE Seed Grant for a one year project to explore teacher quality; and in 2015 gained a $50,000 OLT seed grant to develop resources to assist pre-service teachers to gain online teaching skills to assist them in teaching wholly online into virtual schools.
Yvonne serves as a reviewer for several education journals and is a senior reviewer for IAFOR conferences. She presents on a variety of education topics including publishing as an academic, teacher education policy, undergraduate research, and online teaching at a range of conferences, both Australian and international.