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GR ST 529: Preparing Publishable Thesis Chapters

Writing support for graduate students


Spring 2018:

Visit our Library Workshops Guide for information about our workshop series!  Includes dates & registration info for current workshops, and links to recordings of selected past workshops.


This Guide has been developed for your GR ST 529 class, taught by Sarah Huffman. Our Library session and this Guide are meant to help you learn how to find and evaluate journals for publishing.


Maybe you have a journal in mind. What are some quick steps for getting started?

  • Look for the journal's Advice to Authors section. Most journals place this info prominently in order to guide prospective authors to place their manuscripts with the journal and to follow publication directions in terms of style, subject scope, citation style, and how to submit. Find your journal on the web or look at a print copy of the journal to find this information.

Here are some examples from a journal called Hispania:

First, a statement about who they are, their history, and what types of subjects they publish:

Hispania - Advice to Authors - Subjects

Next, a statement on manuscript fit and rigor:

Hispania - Advice to Authors

Then a full list of links for helpful and detailed guidelines:

Hispania - Advice to Authors pt 2

pointing hand  Scholarly journals want to help potential authors from the beginning to lessen the possibility of receiving and rejecting articles that are totally out of scope for the publication or that need extensive retooling. The more you fit your manuscript to the journal's specifications before submission, the better your chances for sailing through the review and acceptance process.

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