Edited by Timothy Clark, Mike Wright and David J. Ketchen Jr.
Chapter 3: Getting published: an editorial and journal ranker’s perspective
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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