Academic publishing is somewhat different from other forms of book publishing because it is meant for a highly targeted audience and is usually research-based. Typically, it refers to work published in research journals, books (textbooks and informational books), and theses.
In the early days, there was a lot of disputation of published works. One of the earliest research journals is from the 17th century, The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Sir Isaac Newton’s initial premise about gravity appeared in this publication and was promptly denounced as absolute nonsense. This doesn’t happen nearly as much today.
If you are looking to publish your works in this area you will need to familiarize yourself with a number of publications in your field. Most of the time they publish very specific types of work. For example, there are numerous publications geared specifically towards teachers, doctors, lawyers, and nurses. The good news is that these highly targeted books command high list prices.
In the world of academia, it is generally believed that it is less prestigious to publish in journals. In this case, a top-down approach is best. The most highly regarded journals are generally associated with the national association of the discipline and its field.
You should first familiarize yourself with the types of
work most commonly published in the journal that you are considering to
ensure that your work will suit their needs and interest their audience. If you are unsure, buy a couple of issues and read the articles cover to cover.
Submitting a query letter will often tell you if your article idea is suitable for publication or if it should be sent to a different journal altogether.
Before submitting anything, make sure you check the submission guidelines. Submissions that don’t adhere to the guidelines are likely to be tossed without a second glance. Make sure you know if there are word limits, if there’s a style guide, etc. When sending out your work, it's important to realize that it is considered unethical to submit your work to multiple publishers at the same time.
Unfortunately, this means you may have to wait a considerable length of time before you actually hear anything regarding your work. It takes many months for most academic publishing submissions to be read and up to a year before publication finally occurs.
If you are asked to make revisions and resubmit your work, do so. If the publisher has taken the time to have your work reviewed and sends it back to you, it means they’re already interested in your work and it just needs to be tweaked some to fit their needs.
Ideas for academic articles can come from any source such as conferences, teaching, and other research. Look at the actual publications for ideas. Frequently, academic publishers will put notices in the journal asking for a specific type of submission. You can also speak with an acquisition editor who’s primary responsibility is to seek out new projects for the journal.
As with any other form of writing don’t get discouraged if it takes
longer to break into academic publishing than you’d originally thought.
Stick with it, follow the guidelines in this article and ultimately, you
will see your work in print.
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