How to get Published in the Best Management Journals
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How to get Published in the Best Management Journals

Edited by Timothy Clark, Mike Wright and David J. Ketchen Jr.

This much-anticipated book is a comprehensive guide to a successful publishing strategy. Written by top journal editors, it introduces the publishing process, resolves practical issues, encourages the right methods and offers tips for navigating the review process, understanding journals and publishing across disciplinary boundaries. As if that weren’t enough it includes key contributions on open access, publishing ethics, making use of peer review, special issues, sustaining a publications career, journal rankings and increasing your odds of publishing success. This will be a must read for anyone seeking to publish in top journals.
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Chapter 3: Getting published: an editorial and journal ranker’s perspective

Geoffrey Wood and Pawan Budhwar


The opportunity to share one’s ideas with a wider audience is one of the most rewarding parts of being an academic. Finding one’s work side by side with leading scholars in the field, and being part of a wider debate, is very much part of this. However, whilst getting published is considerably easier than coming up with genuinely new ideas, the task brings with it its own challenges. Most quality journals reject the overwhelming majority of submissions. Hence, publishing in leading journals has become increasingly competitive. This short review seeks to provide some insights to maximize your chances of success. The journal eco-system is a very diverse and rich one, and there is a huge range of journals to choose from. In the case of the United Kingdom, many universities require staff to produce work of at least 3* level (in some instances, higher) on the ABS (Association of Business School) Guide to be included in the Research Excellence Framework (an exercise carried out every 5–6 years to assess and rank the research quality of higher education institutions in the United Kingdom); if one is guided by this logic, then the list of options immediately becomes much narrower. Three key issues are worth considering here.

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