Specially for Graduate Students
Publishing in a Journal
graduate students the idea of submitting one’s work to a journal can be
intimidating but I assure you everyone feels this way no matter how long they
have been in the field. But it is
essential to get one’s work published. There are many questions that I had when I submitted my first paper for
consideration. Where should I send
my paper? How long will this
process take? What do I do if my
work is rejected? What if it is
accepted? How important is it for
a graduate student to get published? How many publications should a graduate student have? In order to answer these questions I have
done a lot of reading (see suggested books and chapters) and emailing
professors who have responded to these questions.
Where should graduate students send their papers?
-Look at what journals you read for your research
-It is okay to start at the top, so if you study social history,
send to the Journal of Social History
-Submit to a journal that is good-quality specialized journals
that are appropriate for the topic and your research
-Look at the journal to see if and how often they publish graduate
-Discuss your options with your advisor
How long will the process take?
-It can take a while, especially if you send your paper to a more
prestigious journal because they get more submissions and the turn around time
from submission to review to response can vary depending on the journal.
What should a graduate student do if the paper is rejected?
-Not a bad thing, it takes time to get published
-Most often you will get a critique and suggestions for another
journal to submit to
-Revise the paper according to the suggestions and send to another
-Don’t take it personally, often your
work just doesn’t fit the theme many journals have
-Most academics have had papers turned down, it is part of the process of learning and developing as a scholar
What if a graduate student gets a Revise and Resubmit?
-Consider the comments from the readers
-Document precisely how you have revised the paper
-Provide a letter to the editor detailing changes or reasons why
you haven’t acted on a suggestion
-Try not to be hurt by the critique; this criticism can help you
revise your paper to make it stronger
How important is it for graduate students to get published?
-Lately it has become more significant. It shows that you are a productive researcher and that you
are dedicated to your work (the same is true for presenting at
-Helps set you apart on the job market or if you apply for a
-More than just a line on the CV, getting feedback on your research
from people outside of your program whose expertise you might not normally get.
-Can help secure scholarship and external funding opportunities
Other things to consider
-Provide a nice cover letter to the editor explaining the main argument
of the paper and the significance, most often they receive several submissions
so providing this will help the editor easily decide if your work will fit.
-Check what the journal requires for guidelines, formatting, and
length of submissions
-It is not a quick, simple process, it takes work, don’t get
and Chapters Consulted
Christopher Tomlins, “Your Name in This Space: The Mysteries of
Scholarly Publishing,” Perspectives on
Life After a History Ph.D. Washington
DC: American Historical Association, 2005.
Joan Bolker, Writing Your
Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and
Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis. New York: Holt, 1998.
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