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 17: Respond to me – please!

James G. Combs


Dear Author, I am a busy person. My spouse and kids want my time. My university places ever greater teaching and service demands on me. I believe in our profession and that what we do matters. As such, I am active in the Academy, and I serve as an editor, on editorial review boards, and as an ad hoc reviewer. Amidst all of this, I keep an active portfolio of research projects and I work hard to keep these projects moving toward publication. It is in this context that I sat down one evening to read your paper and spent much of the following day writing comments that I thought you needed to hear if you are to bring your research to a successful outcome. Your action editor read my comments and those of the other reviewers and gave you an opportunity to have your successful outcome at this journal: congratulations to you, more work for me! When it came time for me to open your revised paper and response document, I did so with mixed feelings. On the one hand, the combined document is 90 pages – it’s going to be a long night! On the other hand, I am invested in your paper and eager to see where it is going. We reviewers are not all alike in how we approach a revision, but I think that many are like me in that we start with your response document.

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