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How students can (and should) publish their research

Find a topic

Shawn O. Utsey from Virginia Commonwealth University provides insight on how to create a topic in a presentation titled Getting Your Research Published in Peer Reviewed Journals:

Topics should be:

  • Relevant and timely
  • Practical and doable
  • Builds on previous research/expands knowledge
  • Groundbreaking and cutting edge

How to select the right topic:

  • Review relevant literature
  • Brain storm
  • Define topic as a focused research question
  • Formulate thesis statement

From 5 Tips for Publishing Your First Academic Article from Inquiries Journal.

Say Something New

No journal is going to take interest in your work if it does not present new or novel ideas. To get your work published, you need to say something new without saying something that calls your credibility into question.

Successful academic articles do two things: they position themselves within existing scholarship (often in a ‘literature review’ section, although strategic authors don’t always label it as such) and they subsequently build on existing knowledge.