ELK Asia Pacific Journals – A Perfect Platform to Showcase Your Work

Every researcher has a dream of having their work published and reaching a wide audience. After pouring your time, energy, efforts, it is the ultimate testament of success for any researcher when their research get published on a prestigious platform. There is no higher reason for elation than this. That is why it is of utmost importance to select a platform that meets all your requirements and provides you with an audience that will appreciate, support and encourage your work.

Since our inception in 2009, ELK Asia Pacific Journals have been working with the sole purpose of encouraging and enriching the scientific community by publishing research articles that are of the highest quality. We provide our audience with the finest selection of scientific articles, thus ensuring that they look no further than us for their dose of published scientific work.

Would you not like to publish your work on such a platform? A platform that has a far reach with a dedicated audience. Our strong commitment to the scientific community is what makes us the perfect choice for getting your research published with us.

Here are the top reasons why you should choose ELK Asia Pacific Journals as your publishing platform.

  1. Fast Response:
    Our expert team works round the clock to review your work and give constructive feedback. Once you share your manuscript, we will get back to you with the review in less than 15 days.
  1. Global Reach:
    International indexes and databases such as Google Scholar, Journals Directory, Cabell’s, Index Copernicus, ROAD, CiteFactor, JournalsGuide and various others that showcase our ELK Asia Pacific Journals
  1. Open Access with DOI
    Get free and open access to all of our renowned articles via DOI. All published manuscripts are assigned a unique and perpetual Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number through which the papers can be easily identified and used in future research.
  1. Impact Factor Rewards
    We have JD Impact Factor scores of 2.045 in 2014 for our international journal of marketing and retail management. The journal of finance scored a much higher quotient of 2.137. This is a result of our hard work, commitment and diligent pursuit of excellence.
  1. An Efficient Peer Review Process:
    The highly fair and efficient Double Blind Peer Review process is what makes various authors choose our platform. All manuscripts we receive processed by a software based grammar check and plagiarism scan, before getting forwarding to the editorial board.

At ELK Asia Pacific Journals, you get nothing short of the highest standards and there is no reason why you shouldn’t choose to publish with us.

5 Must-Haves for a Great Manuscript

Do you want a publication house to publish your manuscript or at least consider it for publishing? Well, know the 5 must-haves for a great manuscript and you can incorporate it in your manuscript to enhance its change of being published.

A Great First Paragraph

Do you know that the first paragraph of your manuscript sets the pace for the rest of it? If you start with a great first paragraph, you can succeed in turning your manuscript to something people will desire to read. If the first paragraph is not written correctly, the reviewers or critics will get bored and will place a rejection notice nag to your manuscript. So, ensure to start your manuscript with a killer first paragraph and intrigue your readers.

Right Punctuations

As writers, we often take things from granted. But if you want to ensure that the publication house and the editor take interest in your manuscript, place the right punctuations wherever required. Editors will easily differentiate between an intentional and unintentional punctuation choice. So, make sure to recheck the punctuations and be aware of the purposes of a dash, semi-colon, colon, period and coma.

Interesting Plot

If you have written a novel or a fictional story, the plot needs to be interesting. Always remember that there are millions of novels and books available in the market. Additionally, the publishing houses which you wish to contact receive hundreds of manuscripts on a weekly basis. So, if you want to gain their interest and want them interested in publishing your manuscript, you need to ensure that the plot is unique and intriguing. Even if you have chosen a cliché topic for your novel or story, make it interesting and unique with new storyline, captivating characters etc.

Good Formatting

Do you know that large numbers of manuscripts are rejected just because they are not formatted well? You will surely not want to make the same mistake with your manuscript. For this reason, it is advisable to know beforehand the ways to format your manuscript, including right spacing, margins, document style, font style etc.

Great Ending

Just as the beginning of a manuscript is important, in the similar way the ending is also crucial. You will not want your readers to be reading your novel with great interest all the way to feel disappointed or frustrated with the ending. So, ensure a great ending and get applauses from your readers!

Ethics in Paper Writing and Publishing

Paper writing and publishing involves certain ethics which needs to be strictly adhered to. There are ethics laid down for the author, editor and publisher. Read on to get an insight about ethics in paper writing and publishing.

Ethics of the Author

  • All the work which is conducted in the manuscript and paper needs to be free from any form of plagiarism and must be original.
  • The paper should not have been previously published anywhere else or submitted to any other journal or publishing house at the same time.
  • If there is any conflict of interest, the author needs to transparently acknowledge it.
  • If the author is using the content from any other sources, they need to obtain permission for it beforehand.
  • The author needs to clearly acknowledge the other works by any institution, company or individual which the author has mentioned or used in the paper.
  • Only those individuals who have made significant contribution to the composition or interpretation of the paper needs to be listed as ‘authors’. The other contributors needs to be added as ‘co-authors’.

Now when we have clearly listed down the ethics of the author, it is time to ascertain the ethics of the editor who edits the written paper.

Ethics of the Editor

    • The editor of the written paper holds a significant position and need to make unbiased editing.
    • The editor requires maintaining transparency of the academic research and need to be willing to public rectifications, retractions and erratum when needed.
    • The editor require assessing the written paper for their originality, quality and intellectual content without any form of biasness on the basis of religion, geographical location, gender or race of the author.
    • The editor should not disclose the content of the paper to anyone before the publication of the paper.

Now finally, let us learn about the ethics of the publisher.

Ethics of the Publisher

  • The publisher needs to work with the editor of the paper to ensuring appropriate decisions regarding publication process and to maintain the transparency of the editorial decisions.
  • The publisher need to ensure the originality of the paper with respect to paper modification, timely publication of the paper, authorship, confidentiality, conflict of interest and research findings.
  • If the publisher notices any form of plagiarism or misconduct in the published paper, they need to investigate it properly and deal with strict authority!

The Good and the Bad of Open Access Journals

The pros and cons of open access journals have always been a topic of debate amongst scholars and publishers. A recent piece of news states that open-access index delists thousands of journals.Cource CorrectionBut on the other hand, in a dramatic statement, European leaders call for ‘immediate ‘open access to all scientific papers by 2020.

The discussions related to open access journals have varied from enthusiasm to a new business model to active lobbying against open–access proposals. Though open-access is widely recognised in making research results more accessible, it is not without its opponents. Those opposing open-access model are of the view that it is a very complicated issue, especially for smaller players in the world of publication.

Those advocating open–access do so for the following benefits:

  • Freely available for all
    The main advantage of open access journals is that it is free and available for anyone who wishes to read them. No payment is to be made for an individual article or journal subscription, so it is very beneficial to libraries and readers.
  • Increased Readership
    Open access has given more options for an article to be discovered online. Authors benefit from open access as it can help open up their research to a wider audience. An increased number of readers will result in increased number of citations for the author. Free access to scientific knowledge strengthens education, research and development.
  • Free access for researchers in developing countries
    Open access publishing gives free access to researchers in low income countries and small or specialized research institutions. It provides the scientists in such countries the opportunity to participate in international research community.
  • Takes less time to be published
    As open access articles are published sooner than articles in non-open access journals, they reach a wider audience and it enhances visibility of the articles published.Those opposing open-access state the following reasons:
  • Publication Fees
    Even though the end user doesn’t have to pay to read an open access article, someone has to bear the costs of publication. Usually it is the author who covers the cost. In times of austerity, researchers may be discouraged from opting for open access.
  • Lack of quality control
    Open access journals do not have the same established reputation as conventional journals. Open access model encourages journals to publish more articles. As large portion of the revenue comes from publication fees, authors may be discouraged from publishing more articles and it may have a negative impact on the overall quality.
  • Sustainability
    Those opposing open access model, assert that pay-for-access model is necessary to ensure that authors are adequately compensated for their work. Maintaining a scholarly reputation, arranging peer review and editing articles require sufficient economic resources, that is not possible under an open access model.

 

Inspite of all its disadvantages, open access model is still the most sought after option.

Discussion session with Jack Creswell: Writing for Science Journals Part 1

This is interview is an excerpt from a discussion in which the students had an interaction with Jack Creswell. Jack has authored more than 10 books in the field of management and the latest book caters to the challenges of organizational culture in multinational organizations. As a member of dissertation chair in his college, he is involved in counselling students regarding the tips and tricks of writing outstanding research papers for esteemed scientific journals.

We present for you some questions which were asked by the students in an enlightening discussion. Hopefully this excerpt would help you understand the secret behind writing a successful research paper.

Student committee: Jack, we would like to know “what is the secret of you becoming a successful book author and a successful science writer?”

Jack: When I started my career 20 years back, I was working with a start-up firm and I was one of its founding members. I was intricately involved in designing various strategies to take the business to another level. For doing the same I was involved in lot if market research regarding the strategies of brands working in similar industry as that of ours. That was the phase when I felt the urge of sharing my knowledge with the people and especially with the students who are brimming with knowledge. A friend of mine was working with a publishing house and he proposed a plan that I can also share my knowledge by writing real-life case studies. He extended full assistance in getting my first book published and thereafter I enrolled myself into Ph.D. this is when I got into academic writing and my passion for getting published in SCI indexed journals also got wings.

Let me be very honest, my prior experience of writing a book was really instrumental for me to think in a structured manner. An added habit of writing 200-300 words on daily basis also gives you an edge over others.

Student committee: How do ensure that the topic of the research chosen by us will be accepted by the journal for which we are writing the paper?

Jack: As far as I know, before deciding on a topic, you should conduct thorough review of literature. This would help you in understanding that the topic chosen by you has not been researched before. Try to narrow down those studies wherein there is a need of further research and no work is available as an extension to them. The topic which you chose should not only e theoretically sound but should also have practical contribution for the international scientific community. Let me give you an example, when I did my research on analysing the role of personality in influencing the choice of brands on the expatriates, then I looked out if this research has been done before or not. It is also important to justify the rationale for conducting this research because the supervisors would want to know the academic contribution of the research work which you have decided to do.

Student committee: I am writing the research paper for the first time. I want my paper to be published in an eminent science journal. But, my concern is that I am a student pursuing my masters. I want to know that do impact factor journals accept papers from the students or they are only open for experienced researchers? What points should I keep in mind to ensure that my paper gets accepted?

Jack: There is not thumb rule regarding the acceptance of the research paper in the SCI indexed journals. Someday or the other you will have to begin writing the research paper. People who are in the process of doing their Ph.D. usually write research papers which act as a subset of their comprehensive research. But, when you people decide to write a research paper in your genre then you can take up any topic in which there is less research. When I wrote my first paper, I was also a novice researcher and hence, I chose a topic which was a cause of anxiety for me in my organization. I did the research to help solve a lingering issue of my organization. Although, as you are inexperienced at writing paper, so I would advise you to take help from your supervisors and mentors so that you can organize your thoughts well. Structure them so that logical flow of writing is maintained in the paper. Read journals from your genre which is available in both online database and in your libraries. Then choose a journal for which you want to write and understand its style of writing. All this would help you make your work easier in appropriate direction.

Student committee: Hello Jack, it’s a pleasant experience to interact with you. My query is that I want to get my paper published in a scientific journal catering to human resource subjects. How should I find journals and what are the criteria for selecting a good journal to get our research work published?

Jack: Interesting question! For those who are not aware about picking the right journal for themselves, they should google the “THOMSON REUTERS MASTER JOURNAL LIST for the year 2015”. This list comprises of all the journals which are either having impact factor or considerable reach among the audience. Every year THOMSON REUTERS brings out this list and there you would find the list of publishes and their respective country along with the name of the journal pertaining to your genre. You can select the target audience whom you want to address trough your research.

Student committee: “I have often heard from my seniors that their efforts in research go in vain and the editorial team rejects the paper outright.” Are these rumors or is it the truth?

Jack: These rumors are not true to full extent. There are a few things which you need to keep in mind when you decide on writing a paper. The clarity of thoughts which will come from a thorough review of literature is one significant prerequisite. The way you present and articulate the facts and findings in your paper is another consideration. Further, the editorial board of the eminent journals are very specific about the formatting guidelines, Style of referencing, the editing of the text and how well the paper is being presented. From writing an abstract till the bibliographical referencing, everything in the paper has considerable weightage.

It is natural that you may not be well-versed with everything. You can seek out for professional help in this regard. Even I have in some instances took professional help because these people have rich experience in editing the texts, writing references precisely and also formatting and submitting the paper. These tasks seem very easy though they are very exhausting.

 

Student committee: Can we have a word with the editors of the journals to ensure that our paper gets accepted?

Jack: To be true, it is not possible to get in touch with the members of editorial board of these journals. These journals engage in conducting the double-bling peer review, which means that the both the parties are unaware of each other and then the paper gets reviewed. You need to ensure that every guideline of the paper and all the comments received from the peer are adhered to religiously in order to get published. Though these days you can get professional help from consultants on how to correct and incorporate the comments in the paper as well. Assistance from the Professionals help you save time and are pocket friendly as well. You can reach out to your supervisors or the service providers at any time and save yourself from the fear of failure.

Where to Publish Your Scientific Articles

In the recent years, there has been a lot of discussion regarding the choice of publication.

And I’m sure, if you are a research candidate and all set for publication, these questions would be eating your head continuously

Which journal should I go with?
Should it be peer-reviewed?
Should it be paid?
Should it be discipline specific?
Should it be open-access?

Well! Everything comes up with a never ending list of pros and cons. And deciding, where to publish your research is a troublesome task.

After conducting experiments, writing and successfully editing your article, you would be wondering…

What Next??

Oh! Obviously, now, you are going to submit your research paper for publication.

But Where??

All through this process, it is important to take time to finalize where do you want to publish your research manuscript and which platform is the best for you to reflect your work to the academic experts.

Research Journals??

Research or academic journals are your ultimate destination in that case. The purpose of academic journals is to serve as a forum to introduce and scrutinize new research and critique of existing research. Academic or research journals present articles relating to a specific academic discipline or methodology.

To amplify your chances of impact and strongly convey your message to the academic experts, it is important to pick the right academic journal.

Here are few things to consider for your publication that will help you in deciding the right journal:

1. The Impact of Impact Factor:

Will the impact factor of the research journal have an effect on your career?

FYI!

The impact factor of an academic journal is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year.

Some of the Universities want their research candidates to publish their articles in high impact factor journal because in some professional and academic circles, the more publications you have in a high impact factor journal, the better your chance of promotion.

2. Target Your Target Reader:

There are thousands of journals that have their monthly and quarterly publication schedule. Some of the journals are discipline specific in nature while others are general but highly noteworthy.

But the real questions are now up to you:

Do you want your article to publish in a research journal that will engage those in your research domain to increase chances of gaining new collaboration, recognition and may be new funding?

Or

Do the readers you want to reach tend to reference particular journals?

Ask these two questions to yourself before proceeding with publication.

3. Journal’s Quality & Standard:

The content quality of a Journal is a critical issue. Quality content refers to both visual as well as language aspect of a journal.

When reviewing any journal for visual quality, check for the sharpness of images and text format. Language aspect includes correct grammar and ease of reading.

The other important factor that affects the quality of a journal is the timely publication. Your research work includes new trends in your specific domain, and you want people to read and get to know this ASAP. So, the schedule of publication also matters.

4. Publication Cost:

Where will you publish your research may also depend on the cost of publishing.

Many journals do charge on a per-page basis and even have added fees for color images such as graphs, photos, etc.

Before proceeding for publication, ask yourself; Can you afford to publish in the particular journal of your interest?

Well, well..to narrow down your search for a suitable journal, ELK Journals provides you a vital open- access platform for widening to the farthest reach.

Tips to Write for a High-Quality Journal

What seems like common sense isn’t common practice”, says Rowena Murray (An expert journal writer). Of course, one may deviate from the flow of writing, although being very intellect and content in writing journal. Thus, by following some expert and fast track tips you can maintain your productivity and write a high quality journal-

  • Prepare a layout – Why do you want to write a journal? What are you planning to write for it? Whether it will be an academic or research base writing? How much time you will need to finish your write-up? All these questions are mandatory to be planned out before you start writing for the journal. Therefore, think and plan before you write.
  • Read thoroughly before you write – Read journals akin to your interest and topic chosen for your journal. Reading will add on ideas and knowledge in your summon to write. Scan these journals with a zooming standpoint of your curiosity and underline the vital ones.
  • Just write – When you have a well framed plan and you have gone through enough journals of your aligned topic, then what’s more to be done? It’s time to mold your thoughts and knowledge into words and structure the write-ups for journals.
  • Do not stretch for long – “Slow and steady wins the game”….yes it’s true. Therefore, take short breaks in between writing, but write in a flow once you sit with your pen so that yours may not get distracted from your point. You should avoid writing in a long stretch because it may make your sense monotonous.
  • Take expert advice – As an examinee cannot be a good examiner similarly you being a writer cannot find your own mistakes, therefore taking an expert advice in this sense is always beneficial for your write-up.

Thus, aforesaid tips help in writing for a high quality journal.

To What Extend Is Google Scholar Contributing to Enriching Society?

Introduction of a special targeted search engine “Google Scholar” for academicians, scholars are assisting in bringing content upfront more relevant to their requirement.

It will continue to be more beneficial to scholar community, authors and users of open access and society at large provided it develops a strong collaboration between users and providers of academic information.

Popularity of specialized search services, such as Google Scholar, is an inevitable and welcome approach in the academic community for the simple logic that Google Scholar enables you to search content specifically for scholarly literature, including research results, review papers, thesis, books and abstracts from all areas of research and technology.

Students and researchers are using Google Scholar to find articles from a wide range of academic publishers, professional societies, repositories and universities, as well as research articles available across the web.

Google Scholar has a potential edge over some other existing search engines because it serves as a specialist with its existing advantages. It is like going to a specialist doctor for your ailment rather than going to a general physician. It makes your search more targeted and results more accurate.

Unavailability of concrete answers about the search results, lack of source description and ranking criteria is creating concerns about comprehensiveness of Google Scholar search results and is creating more doubts in minds of already sceptical academic audience which fears the possibility of results manipulation.

Some latest results have shown that Google Scholar has widened its coverage and enhanced its functionality over the years, as a result many from the academic fraternity has started trusting Google scholar more over. There are many different ways to search content across Google Scholar and other resources and the number results retrieved varies significantly between different resources, thus making data from these studies difficult to interpret as to which is better.

Though we cannot neglect the fact that in order to succeed further Google scholar will have to be updated and keep pace with expectation of its users and latest technological developments in order to be more useful to society.

The Hook or Crook of Open Access

In recent years there has been much discussion between publishing community, librarians and the research fraternity about the potential benefits of free access to research information. Like two sides of a coin, open access also has two sides to it. Let us discuss some pros and cons of the open access model here.

Let’s Discuss the Advantages First –

  1. Most positive aspect of open access model is – it is free for reader community. People in favour of open access state that free availability of research articles will ensure wider dissemination and thus benefiting science and research fraternity.
  2. Another advantage deriving community is libraries. The open access model is beneficial for libraries in a situation where they are forced to cut down on subscriptions due to increased charges.
  3. Increased readership – Under this model authors are able to share their research to wider audience available online, thus increasing readership because it is freely available to readers.
  4. Advantage for developing countries- Open access is a boon for researchers from developing countries where access to subscription based journals is an issue. Open access helps such researchers and scientists to have access to international research community with either waived or free publication fee.

Now Let’s Have a Look on Disadvantages Also – 

  1. Not free for author- though it is free for readers, authors have to pay for publishing. Thus proving there are no free lunches. This causes researchers and authors to discourage open access.
  2. Compromise on quality- it is argued that since open access benefits journals by publishing more articles, as majority of profit is coming from publication. Thus they encourage more articles, in turn destroying the quality of the article.
  3. Sustainability – It is argued whether an open access model can support research publication infrastructure over the long term, thus raising question over its sustainability.

The Cutting – Throat Competition of Journal Indexes

Indexation of a journal is a reflection of its quality. Indexed journals are measured higher in quality as compared to non-indexed journals, thus forming the basis of competition in journal indexing. And it is not spared from the debate.

Many popular indexation services have developed over the years. But credibility and ranking of each is a topic of discussion amongst the author community.

It has become a matter of concern as to how to decide which indexation service is most acceptable and valid globally. Also, what are the parameters for comparing the quality of papers/research published in a journal indexed by different indexation services.

The reason indexing has become an important parameter and thus a matter of contest is because academic institutions are emphasizing a lot on the importance of indexed publication, thus raising a contest among authors also for selecting the right kind of indexed journal for publishing their research.

Publishers and journals are found bragging about the number of indexing services that cover their journals. And this contention is because publishers want to attract more author fees by pretending to be the most sought after publication by way of number of indexing services that cover them.

This has lead to a lot of confusion amongst the author community as selection of a high quality journal has become a difficult decision. Absence of correct guidelines on this topic is another reason for this confusion. As a result, many publications are claiming that their journals are indexed in “X” number of indexing services, which in fact are not indexing services. Either projecting a false claim or they are ignorant about journal indexing.

Moreover, with so many indexation services in the market, there are questions and doubts which warrant a discussion. There are questions which need to be answered, like which indexation service is most relevant and universally acceptable. Associations of editors and other organization from the same fraternity can play a pivotal role in clearing these doubts.