Academic publishing is an essential part of being an academic but with over 2.5 million articles published annually in around 27,000 peer-reviewed journals how do you make sure your paper will succeed, be published and read?
We have bundled ten short ‘how to’ best practice training sessions from the RSA Professional Development Webinar Series, presented by experts in their field of academic writing and publishing.
These sessions are packed with great insights and tips and available on demand to RSA members via the RSA Members Lounge (>Events on Demands > Professional Development Series).
If you are not yet an RSA member, then now is a good time to join the community. Benefit from discounted conference fees, accessing journals, policy impact books, professional development resources, funding opportunities, discounts and much more. For more details on benefits and rates, please see the relevant career-stage category at www.regionalstudies.org/about/memberships/ or get in touch with Alex Holmes.
Academic Writing and Publishing Resources
Writing your first academic article
Are you about to write your first academic article? The presenter in this webinar shares step by step advice on how to start your academic paper, a formula for how to write the paper and a series of tips on how to succeed in academic writing. This is then followed by a short Q&A part answering many frequently asked questions when writing an academic paper.
SEO, Title, Abstract, Key Words – how to position your article for success
In this webinar you will gain expert insights and tips from editors in chief and the publishing industry on how to best position your journal paper to maximise visibility, discoverability and thus the reach of your research. You will learn what search engine optimisation (SEO) is and why it is important for researchers and gain tips on writing paper titles, abstracts and keywords to maximise discoverability online once published.
A conversation about publishing a non-standard academic piece
This webinar highlights non-academic publishing and platforms such as the RSA blog and the online magazine Regions and why such platforms can help improve the clarity of your writing, build your reputation as an expert within a specific subject but also beyond by expanding your reach to general interest and non-technical audiences.
Academic writing and publishing in English
Academic writing in English when this is not your first language is challenging at best of times and in this webinar, presenters share strategies and tips on how to overcome the hurdles non-native speakers might face. The presenters who are also editors of academic journals share their tips on writing academic papers and publishing in journals.
How to choose the right journal for your next high impact article
The number of academic journals grows each year, and it can be hard to know which to submit your paper to. In this webinar you will learn why it is important to choose the right journal, factors to think about when making this decision and tips for making the right choice.
Journal and researcher metrics
In this webinar you will learn about journal and researcher metrics, including aspects around journal impact factors, citation analysis and altmetrics. The presenter explores how you can use these metrics for your own publications and how they can benefit your work.
Navigate the academic publishing process – what to expect
This session provides hints and tips for each stage of the publishing process, including: How to identify the right journal to submit to, How to prepare your manuscript to give it the best chance of being published, What journal editors are looking for and how they reach their decisions and How to engage with the review process (including how to deal with the infamous Reviewer 2)?
Navigating the maze – your journey from grant funding to Open Access publishing
Open Access (OA) is on the rise, with continued growth in both the number of articles, and the number of venues to support OA publication. This growth has been supported by the increased proliferation of funder and institutional mandates. Researchers have more choice than ever before, but they must also make sure that they comply with the conditions of their grant funding, in an environment which is becoming ever more complex.
Publishing a book: From idea to contract to print
This session gives insights on how to publish an academic book, covering aspects from finding the idea, up until the moment you hold the print copy in your hands. In details, the session highlights components that make a good proposal, how to choose the most suitable publisher, the differences between an edited book and a monograph, provides tips on the writing process, timeframe, working with a publisher and book marketing and promotion.
Publishing ethics and what NOT to do
In this session you will learn more about publishing ethics and receive top tips helping you to avoid pitfalls when it comes to submitting your work to publishers. The presenter covers questions around authorship including the order of authors, affiliation, consent to publish identifiable information, acknowledgements, plagiarism (ideas as well as text), text recycling and redundant publication, self-plagiarism, and duplicate submissions and publications.