Insights into Popular Types of Articles Published in Scientific & Academic Journals

Journals today, publish different publish different types of academic and scientific articles. The categories used to label the article are numerous and confusing. Familiarising yourself with the types of articles published, can help you determine if your article is publishable (in a specific journal) or not.

In this blog post, let’s have a look at the types of articles published by the scientific and academic journals. 

Original article – All most all journals publish original articles. The original article provides a detailed description about the approaches used to perform the original research, the findings obtained through those methods, and the implications of the key results. Typically, the design of the original article is analytical and includes defined research question (s), hypothesis, and discussion as to how the result approved or disapproved the hypothesis. Original articles is the most appropriate form of articles to publish in the journals. However, the length, editorial style and structure of the article vary according to the journals. For instance, the scientific article should include an introduction, methodology, results and discussion section. 

Theoretical article – The  application of the theories in real world situations or events is the main reason for publishing theoretical articles.Theoretical article introduces and discusses abstract principles and ideas in an established or novel manner. The abstract is made specific to body of knowledge with main focus on ideas that are formulated to explain and predict a phenomenon. Theoretical articles are peer reviewed and do not report empirical study.  Although the primary goal of this type of article is to predict the phenomenon, the purpose of the article may according to the study. The vocabulary, augmentation and language used in theoretical article must be of high-quality to get it published in journals. 

Review article – Literature reviews, often known as review articles is one among the articles published by the journals. Review articles take a wider perspective on the published sources or narrow area of specialisation. Many a time, review articles goes beyond than the year’s publication. However, the major focus of the article tends to be the same, i.e., evaluation of aspects in the field of study. Crucial themes, debates, theories, gaps and trends in the current study will be highlighted and discussed in such type of articles. Longer review articles include every source relevant to the topic published, whereas shorter articles focused more on publication of specific value.  

Description of research methodology – Although all the description of research methods is described in the methodology section of the original article, research methodology can still be the major focus of some journals. Here, the methodology section discussed must be significant and differ from that of the original article. Some journals also publish briefly explained technical innovations or modification of a technique or equipment. The structure of the research methodology will remain the same but the methods must be tested, discussed and proved to be of potential value to the study area. This type of article will be peer reviewed by the experts before the publication. 

Study observation & reports – Articles based on observational research are published using various names such as case studies/case reports (event, individual, phenomenon or place is under investigation) and other articles subjected to field notes, anthropology, scientific descriptions and historical survey. Observational type of articles must be descriptive in nature, test hypothesis, predict basis of observation and forms of analysis. The case study must be used as foundation for wider generalisation and should provide a scope for informed actions and predictions.  

Notes or letters – Such articles are the brief reports of data from the original articles. The journals publish notes or letters to encourage readers to conduct further research on the topic. Such articles are time sensitive and have strict length restrictions. The topic of this type of article lies within the scope of the academic and scientific journal and are commonly called as micro-articles, research reports, technical notes, and conference announcements.

Finding a Right-Fit for your Research: Top 6 Red Flags to look for While Choosing a Journal

After crafting a manuscript, the next step is to find a suitable journal to publish it. Getting a manuscript published in the high-quality & reputed journal is considered to be a milestone in the research journey. Although publishing in journals is a lengthy and tedious process, it is a rewarding procedure as it makes the research available to the research community, advances knowledge and validates the study. However, to achieve this, it is a must for a scholar to get his/her manuscript to get published in a suitable journal. 

As per a report, in recent times, about 34,000 journals fall into the peer-reviewed category. Choosing the most suitable journal from the pool of journals is similar to picking the needle from a haystack. While early-career researchers may remain unfamiliar with the ideal journals in their field, experienced authors may opt to choose in the same journals irrespective of the new journals in their field of study.  

Below are some of the pitfalls to look for while choosing a journal for publishing your manuscript.          

  1. No standard identifiers – Check for identifiers such as ISSNs, DOIs, CODEN, etc. Many journals whose sole purpose is to make money do not have identifiers. Some times journals do have identifiers but are unaware as to how to use it. While looking for journals, Google for ISSN or journal-title and look for scams. If the identifiers are not present or scammers have been mentioned in many forums, then avoid such publications.  
  2. Wide scope of the journal – Scholarly peer-reviewed journals remain more focused on a specific topic of study. For example, Mediterranean politics published by Taylor and Francis focuses on studies pertaining to the “international relations & contemporary politics in the Mediterranean sea”. However, if the ‘aims and scope’ of a journal suggests that you can publish any topic pertaining to academics or a combination of two or more unrelated topics, then it is wise to choose some other journal. 
  3. Zero transparency – International journals, especially open-access include article processing charges (APS). The journals will reveal the chargeable fee, and the amount is payable when the journal has completed the process peer-reviewing, copyediting and has accepted for publication. However, some journals do not reveal the APS beforehand, and though they reveal, they won’t mention the precise amount. Also, some journals would require the author to transfer and retain the copyrights to the journal. 
  4. Journal is not well-indexed – Reputed journals are widespread and are easily found in databases such as Google scholar searches, Ingenta, EBSCOHost, etc. Such journals are also well-indexed and are recommended by peer groups. Some of the journals which are known for well-indexed are SCOPUS, the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Web of Science, WorldCat, etc. If the target journal is not listed in DOAJ, etc. then go for some other journals. 
  5. Low impact factor – Although many factors determine the rating of the journal, the impact factor remains the default factor for measuring the validity of a journal. If the impact factor is not high, then publishing manuscripts in such journals will add value neither to your career nor to the research community. Also, check for the online presence of the journal. That is, the existence of dead links, unlicensed images, ads, and misspellings are signs of the non-credible publisher. 
  6. Reduced turnover time – Besides checking for the time taken by the journal to provide a response, perform peer review and publish the manuscript, look for the number of manuscripts published in a year. If the journals publish manuscripts annually, then the publishing count remains low. Also, note that the journals with the long wait time, have a higher rejection rate due to huge submission volume. 

With over 9,500 journals alone in Directory of Open Access Journals, choosing the best fit for your manuscript can be daunting. Keep in mind the scope, restrictions and impact factor of the journal and ensure smooth submission & publication.

A Comprehensive Guide to Conducting Conjoint Analysis for Research in Marketing

Research in marketing involves determining consumer’s perception about specific brand or product and this is achieved via conjoint analysis technique. Conjoint analysis, involving gathering data through stimuli (questionnaire form), is widely used by the researchers to make decisions in discrete choice estimations.

This technique is quite different from the traditional or conventional marketing survey, making it more realistic and insightful about customers needs. Conjoint analysis is one of the best models used in extricating purchaser inclinations during the buying procedure. It helps to understand the reason behind the choices people make by proper analysis of the preference and assesses items or administrations effectively.

Conjoint analysis has one assumption i.e., the attributes can be drawn out of all the products and services to analysis the products in more accurate manner.

For example, electronic gadgets such as laptops can have several attributes like price, color, operating system, hard disk space, processing power, RAM, dimensions, windows, etc.

This technique helps to figure out the attributes that influence the buying decision of the customers.

Generally, conjoint analysis is performed under three phases:

 

 

  1. Data : Here, the data is collected based on the various attributes of a product and the attributes that have an impact on the customer is determined. The process is accomplished using preliminary survey approach. All the data or information collected at this phase is represented in the questionnaire format after full deliberations and analysis.
  2. Analysis: In this phase questionnaires are filled by potential customers and then the data is analysed. This phase helps researchers to understand consumer choices and results are displayed in the form of charts & graphs with its interpretation. Here, the researchers can get an insight into using the data analysis and comprehend the results in the most effective manner.
  3. Action: The third phase is the action phase where the researchers are expected to use the results of conjoint analysis and make modifications to influence the customer’s buying decision. For instance, the decision of changing the price, the addition of new features, and a change in marketing strategy. Here, the models are built to represent the impact of analysis on the demand for the product and services.

Although there are several other techniques which can be deployed to identify the product purchasing decision, it is the conjoint analysis that helps in deciding brand equity and determining how market share influences various tradeoffs between prices, brands, etc. efficiently. Some of the added advantages of using conjoint analysis include:

  • It can also be used in resource allocation.
  • Can be used to develop different models, which enable researchers to choose a better and educated choice.
  • It can be determined to quantify value affectability to brand names, including individual level, which help researchers during the procedure of research structure.

So, how do you perform conjoint analysis? 

Conducting conjoint analysis involves several steps such as:

 

 

  1. Choosing the attributes – In the initial stage, choose the attributes of the product/service. Example: price, size, user-friendliness, appearance, ease of use , etc.
  2. Assigning values to the attributes – The value of each attribute should be assigned. The values would further help in understanding the variance in each attribute. For instance: size like 5”,10”, 15” , and so on. The higher the value, the greater is its priority. Simply said, the significant values are assigned to the attributes that are more important.
  3. Defining the products – All the products should be defined as a combination of all the attributes which the company manufactures or provides so that a subset can be developed from the products.
  4. Representing the data – The combination of attributes through which a product is represented must be prepared. This data can be represented via visual diagrams, models.
  5. Evaluation – In this step the researcher should examine how the results and answers from the respondents will be collated. This involves three choices such as individuals’ responses, aggregation of the outcomes or segregation of the respondents into subgroups.
  6. Choosing the right approach – This step includes selection of apt approach which can be applied to treat, organise & analyse the data and to draw significant conclusions out of the data.

Cognitive analysis technique has an unusual ability to deliver preference on a scale unlike a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ approach, which claims to offer a detailed insight into the perception of shopper behavior and their decisions.

A Comprehensive Guide to the Basics of Inferential Statistics

Inferential statistics are a sub-study of statistics that help to generalize the outcomes or results of the sample for the entire population. A sample is a subset of  the population.The basic idea of the sample statistics is to compute mean, correlations, proportions and many other statistical values that might differ from the entire populations or might be similar to the populations. A basic idea behind inferential statistics is the use of sample scores for hypothesis testing to infer some of the most interesting questions that researchers encounter. It’s a quantitative technique to check the null hypothesis and alternative hypothesis. To perform inferential statistics of the population random samples are selected. It involves the probability distribution for running inferential statistics.

All the means of the samples become normally distributed as when it reaches around the true mean of the population as and when we increase the size of the sample. This further implies that the variability of the sample decreases by increasing the sample. It involves the estimation i.e judging the characteristics of a population and test the hypothesis i.e calculating the evidence for or against the research problem. 

The mean of that distribution µ with standard deviation :

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

where σX represents the standard deviation of the population. The selection of a statistical test depends on the type of data that is collected.

Variables are divided into three categories: nominal, ordinal and interval

 

 

 

 

 

 

The table shows that the test that can be used to investigate the hypothesis. For instance, we can use chi-squares when data is nominal or Friedman’s two-ways can be used when data is ordinal etc. 

Nominal Data: When the sample is placed within two or more categories. 

Ordinal Data: When the data is represented in rank. 

Interval Data: Uses a continuous scale also distributed normally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hypothesis testing is a sort of analytical inference that involves testing the analytical question based on the study. 

The hypothesis to be tested is called the null hypothesis: Ho. 

We test the null hypothesis against an alternative hypothesis: Ha. 

It is important to run hypothesis testing in order to check the reliability of the sample chosen. The hypothesis obtained from the researcher’s hypothesis about any social event is called a hypothesis. It is usually assumed that the hypothesis is true or accurate while investigating.

Testing hypotheses subject to either confirmation or disconfirmation of test hypotheses. To check or test the hypothesis we need to decide how much difference should be there between the means in order to reject H0( null hypothesis). To measure the foremost important step is to choose a level of significance for the hypothesis tests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type 1 error : This error occurs when we reject the null hypothesis when it is true. The level of significance decides to accept or reject the null hypothesis. However, the lower the level of significance, the greater the probability that we will make a Type II error.

Type II error:  This error occurs when we fail to reject the null hypothesis when it is actually false.Type II error is more common than type 1 error. 

For example, in an experiment the level of significance at 0.05 for rejecting the null hypothesis and the coin turns tail 87 times on 150 throws, the statistician might not be able to reject the null hypothesis.r more will the researcher be able to reject the null hypothesis. Then it is clear that Type I and Type II errors cannot be eliminated. Although they can be minimized, minimizing one type of error will increase the probability of committing the other error. The lower we set the level of significance, the lesser is the likelihood of a Type I error and the greater the likelihood of a Type II error. Conversely, the higher we set the level of significance, the greater the likelihood of a Type I error and the lesser the likelihood of a Type II error.

Test the hypothesis, determine the error, find solutions and conduct the test effectively.

Why Should you Get published? 6 key reasons you cannot overlook for your research

The culmination of a PhD degree is the submission of a research paper to the review committee. Merely penning down a research paper and earning the title of ‘Dr’ will not do any value to one’s academic career. To be recognised as a professional researcher and make progress in the academic field, one should aim at publishing the research paper. 

Research paper publishing presents academic/scientific study, scholarship to the research community and other readers. Most of the research paper is published in the academic book, journal article, or thesis form. 

It should be noted that a paper consisting of original research results are only published and the research or findings will be considered valid only after the peer review process. 

The paper publishing process, segregated into two phases: the peer review and production, begins upon the submission of research paper to a publisher. The peer review process is organised by the editor of the target journal and is accomplished when the content, together with associated figures or images, are accepted for publication. On the other hand, the production process is managed by a production editor or publisher. The research paper then goes through typesetting, copy editing, inclusion in a particular issue of a journal, followed by printing and online publication.

Today, publishing in reputed or high-impact journals remains the most crucial process after obtaining the PhD degree. However, not all researchers give a second thought about submitting the research paper to the journals. The main reason being ignorant or unaware of the benefits of publishing the paper.

In recent times, research papers are being published across the internet and several other publishing platforms. Each research has its own impact and presenting them to the research community is considered as a stepping stone to success in the academic field. 

Some of the benefits of publishing the research papers in reputed journals include: 

Demonstrates ability to conduct research – Publishing process can be compared to that of natural selection. Publishing helps in selecting scholars who stand out among the crowd. Because competition for academic positions is fierce, to get acceptance from a high-quality journal, a researcher would require to compete against others who are much more experienced than you. Thus only the strongest and best are selected. Being able to stay ahead of the competition and get published indicates that you are mindful about what you are doing and have the potential of progressing in your field of study. 

Manifests underlying values in the field of study – By getting your paper published, you can reflect the fundamental values & goals of the specific field. Many studies are limited by borders. By sharing the findings and evidence, you can help in minimising the borders and contribute to the utilisation of evidence to obtain a solution of an issue. For instance, by publishing a paper on public health, you can reflect the principles of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) and contribute to the health practice. 

Offers recognition – Publications is regarded as an asset in the academic journey as it enables the researcher to gain acknowledgement and recognition as experts in a particular field not just at national but also at international levels. In many cases, if the research theme pertaining to major global significance is included in a publication, there is a greater chance that the researcher’s country, region obtaining the recognition. In addition to this, publication in peer-reviewed journals provides international recognition for individual, department, university, or institutions. 

Contributes to the field of study – Implementing study and publishing the key findings is important for a career in academics. While conducting research is half of the story, publishing it is another half of the story. If the program documentations or results of the studies are published, the particular field of study can develop and grow. Also, other researchers will know the evidence or solutions, thereby will not try to study the same issue resulting in reduced usage of resources (especially in the field of science). 

Provides appreciation – When the research is published, the readers, research community, or reviewers, learn about the evidence or solution, and provide feedback. That is either they would criticise or appreciate the research. This gives a scope for further improvement/advancement in that particular topic or would encourage you to perform more studies on other topics. 

Exhibits thought leadership – Journal publication is a strong sign of thought leadership. This recognition will not just help in academic but also in non-academic career as the majority of the sectors look for thought leaders. The papers are proof that you are contributing to the existing knowledge base and engaged with the latest advancements in your field. Also, conference organisers prefer speakers with publication records (even for topics that are not pertaining to research), as they want speakers who are recognised as opinion leaders.  

To become an influential scientist and to make an impact on society through your work, you will have to ensure that your research reaches the general public. To achieve this, identify the journal that suits your study and get it published.

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.