Edited by Timothy Clark, Mike Wright and David J. Ketchen Jr.
Chapter 1: Publishing in management – exhilaration, bafflement and frustration
This book offers a series of chapters intended to help demystify the journal publishing process. The chapters provide practical advice on a wide range of important topics. A quick look at the table of contents reveals that our author list contains leading academics in the management discipline. You may wonder why these very busy and experienced people have taken the time to share their thoughts on the publication process. Simply put, because advancing knowledge by publishing in leading journals is at the heart of the academic enterprise. Promotion systems for academics in management in universities around the world stress the significance of an individual scholar’s contribution based on her/his published work, primarily in journals. Thus, career advancement, scholarly reputation and pay are intimately tied to being able to publish in journals. Scholars find the journal publishing process exhilarating, baffling and frustrating in equal measure. The professional joy and excitement of receiving an acceptance letter following a long-drawn-out process in which you have diligently responded to successive rounds of reviewers’ comments is probably only matched by a letter awarding a research grant. Contrast this to the sense of dejection and distress that accompanies a rejection letter. This is further exacerbated if the reviewers’ comments and decision appear to be harsh and make little sense. It is even more disappointing if the paper appears to have been progressing through different rounds of reviewing only to be rejected late in the process.