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  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Gower; 2Rev Ed edition (28 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0566088150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0566088155
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviews of Second Edition: 'It helped to sharpen my thinking...highly recommended as a resource for any novice or aspirant writer of journal articles...the book meets the criteria advocated by Day herself for journal articles and papers - it meets its purpose and it adds value.' Emerald Journal Education and Training Vol 50, Issue 4 2008 Reviews of the previous edition: 'Her pragmatic and humorous approach will be invaluable to novices trying to break into the world of journal article publishing and has lots also to offer to experienced writers, who can expect to get new perspectives and a re-energised approach. What is more, it is a really good read too, causing me to laugh loud as I read it, at the same time as reaching for my highlighter pen to mark some of her more apposite points for future reference. I wish I had written this book myself!' Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education '... entertaining and easy to read.' Elsevier Science 'Highly recommended...' Asia Pacific Management Forum 'It is, therefore, perhaps a good sign that the main thrust of the first third of Abby Day's book is the purpose of academic publication. Along the way, there is plenty of good advice on improved writing, evaluation and coomon problems, all well written and fun - but the thrust is the purpose...there are various aspecs of good educational technology in the way Day helps one deal with one's academic publishing problem.' British Educational Communications and Technology Agency

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Abby Day is the author and co-author of several books about publishing and funding and her 'How to Get Published' workshops are popular events in colleges and universities worldwide. With an MA and PhD in the sociology of religion, she also pursues her own research and publishing in that discipline. She is a Trustee of the British Sociological Association with responsibility for its publishing portfolio.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Artsreadings on 13 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
Whether you have already published or not does not matter when it comes to read this book. It is a very easy ready, it is extremely stimulating and encouraging, and gives a good boost to take action to get one's research published. The ten chapters are very light and focused on the various stages of article publication and on the different points to consider to go through the whole process successfully. Every chapter crucially finishes on key questions for the reader to take immediate action on their writing to make it more likely to get published. Excellent!
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Amazon.com: 4 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
No-nonsense guide to getting into scholarly publications. 5 Dec. 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
How to get research published in journals, Abby Day,
Gower

I liked this book. I liked it a lot, in fact.
Here's how it starts: "Publishing may seem like a difficult
and mysterious business, but it's not". And then, in a
nicely economical style, in not much more than a one-sitting
reading, Abby Day proceeds to demonstrate exactly how it's
not that mysterious and difficult. It doesn't ignore the
difficulties of the strange process of converting research
data and ideas into a communicative document; it confronts
them, one by one, takes them apart, and provides a range of
coping strategies.

As an editor, I almost wanted to be resistant to the
mystique of the process being debunked. But what editor
could resist this: "why is it that so many authors send
editors junk mail?.....editors reject half the articles they
receive simply because they are not suited to that
particular journal's brief". Or this: "scratch the surface
a little and most editors will admit they experience a
thrill from helping...authors along". Hey, yes, that's me!
I like being an editor! Don't send me junk! Put in some
effort to give me papers which make my life easy and are a
pleasure to read and review, and are a pleasure for my
review board, and are a pleasure for my subscribers.
Then we'll all give some of that effort back to you.

And as an author, I was really impressed. Every chapter has
a little series of action points. Every part of the creative
process, from thinking of an idea in the first place to
composing a covering letter to a journal editor, to the
psychology of fear of being rejected, is outlined in
idiot-proof detail.

And here's a thing. You can read this book. Compared to most
business texts, this positively zings along, with lots of
memorable little phrases and techniques. "Twenty words or
less" and "So what?" will be stuck in my head forever. And
the really neat and unusual part was the exposure of
referees' comments to illustrate points made, all the way
through

We live in a knowledge society now, and readers of this
will be, by and large, working in the knowledge business.
To make a knowledge society work means that knowledge needs
to be disseminated. That's not just academic researchers
writing for other academic researchers; it's managers
writing about quality improvement; it's CEOs writing about
strategy; it's politicians writing about social policy.
Effective dissemination of knowledge means we all get
richer.

This is a clear, no-nonsense, pull-yourself-together-and-
get-on-with-it exposition of exactly how to do all that.
I was impressed by it and I'd recommend anyone in the
knowledge business to read it, whether you are a neophyte
thinking about writing your first scholarly paper or an old
hand with a publication list as long as your arm. Much as
I'm not terribly good at being humble, I think I'm a better
writer and maybe a better editor too as a result of having
read it.

John Peters
Editor, Management Decision Journal
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Practical and inspiring step-by-step guide 7 April 2001
By Theorist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The premis of this little book is "seven days to a finished paper". True to its word, this is just what it delivers. If you've already done the research and are wondering (a) how to write it up for publication, and/or (b) who would publish it, some very helpful answers can be found here.
It takes only a few hours to complete a careful cover-to-cover read of the 130 pages. The author starts by examining typical motivations for publishing or not publishing one's work, and then leads the reader through a self-analysis of one's research in order to discover how to target journals and write an article that is likely to be accepted.
Chapters 10 and 11 give a step-by-step blueprint to the actual writing of the paper and -- having tested the formula over the last four days -- my newly finished article is proof that this really can be accomplished quite painlessly.
One thing to note is the author's bent towards the practical. Her reference to Ockam's Razor and the removal of the abstract might not appeal to those whose research careers are based on quiet contemplation and abstraction. Her repeated advice to offer 'practical implications' might not exactly meet the needs of such authors. However, in a cut-throat academic world where the tendency is to focus on the practical, this approach might in fact provide a way in which to make one's abstract ideas and theoretical research seem more "relevant".
This book does assume that the research has already been completed and that the prospective article writer knows what s/he wants to say but isn't sure about the mechanics of doing so. Those who are looking for something to help them forumlate a research plan or actually conduct academic research would be better searching for a good book on how to research and write a thesis or dissertation.
Particularly for the junior academic who must "publish or perish" to build a reputation and survive but is not quite sure how to get started, this guidebook is godsend. Seasoned academics who already have solid bibliographies might be happily surprised to discover their writing lives become a little easier if they follow some of the advice in this book.
Good basic book, though it lacks appeal 5 Oct. 2013
By Rafael Hernandez Barros - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I used this book following its instructions for a research paper I wanted to place in a journal indexed in JCR (Thomson Reuters), and the result was a complete success, though it was accepted in the second journal to which I sent it. Furthermore, it also gave me the idea to found the academic network [...] (Connecting journals and papers, researchers and editors), so I have much affection and appreciation to this book.

1. The book is intended as a handbook of how to publish, and covers three main areas: Why publish; meeting the cast of the publishing process; and how to write the paper from the draft research. The first part was not helpful, because I'm very motivated to write and publish; I understand it necessary for my academic career. What it gave me is its insistence on the contribution of what we do, and to make it clear in the paper.

2. It is noted from the outset that the author is experienced and knows the process of publishing and the journals' world, but what I value most is the introduction of an important aspect, the reader: We don't just have to write for the editors and peer-reviewers, of course, since at the end of the day journals live on its customers, and you have to understand what they need.

3. Instead, it is a bit weaker and confusing about writing the paper. It only gives the basic strokes on the abstract and points of style, so it is necessary to complete this book with other specific on writing, the literature review or research craft.

In conclusion, I recommend it as a basic book, which has an Anglo-Saxon approach, therefore useful to publish in English or American journals, although it doesn't serve me for that, paradoxically, because it was rejected in an American JCR, though then accepted in an European one. It also lacks a holistic approach with a model that would serve for organizing the process to publish your research, so it was also a source of inspiration to write my eBook Publish in Journals 3.0: From Manuscript to Citations. Thank you Abbey!
I like it 29 April 2014
By vencislav ivanov - Published on Amazon.com
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I like it! I have not read it yet but I think it will be very useful for me! Thank you!
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