Edited by Timothy Clark, Mike Wright and David J. Ketchen Jr.
Chapter 19: Publishing in the top journals: the secrets for success
Having your research published in top scholarly journals is one of the crowning achievements in our profession. It is exciting and satisfying to have your work published in one of these journals with other high-quality scholarly research. Most of the top scholarly journals accept 5 to 10 percent of the manuscripts submitted. So, they truly represent the crème de la crème of the research in the field. Yet, publishing work in these top journals is quite challenging, given the large amount of competition for journal space and high standards enforced by these journals (evidenced by the low acceptance rates). As such, the publication process can also be frustrating at times. Yet, there are actions that we can take to increase the probability that our work will be published in these journals. First and perhaps foremost in my eyes is the development of the capacity to excel. Most of us believe that only the most talented people are able to publish their work in the top journals. These people have strong intellectual capabilities and are the well trained at the top research institutions. Yet, research across fields shows that individual talent (e.g., intellectual capability) and experience play only a small role in success. The research in such fields as medicine, science, sports and music shows that outstanding performance is based on intense, prolonged and highly focused efforts to improve one’s current performance (Baron and Henry, 2010). Researchers refer to this as deliberate practice.
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