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I. Publishing an Article in a Social Science Journal: Introduction

Apr 26, 2016 by Kathryn Betts Adams

Publication in peer-reviewed journals is a big expectation for graduate students and faculty in the health and social sciences, both on and off of the tenure track. Writing for the social sciences or applied health and psychological sciences is different from writing in either the humanities or life sciences, with different norms and expectations for the structure of your manuscript. This blog offers suggestions and a series of steps for preparing and submitting manuscripts for peer-reviewed journal publication in the applied health professions, as well as in psychological or social sciences and should to be useful to graduate students, junior faculty, and anyone who wants to get published.

The posts in this blog series will take you through the steps involved in planning, writing, submitting and revising your manuscript in peer-reviewed journals in the social sciences. The information provided may apply to adapting material from your dissertation to create publishable manuscripts, or to reporting on a new research study.

The first two posts in this series cover issues related to planning and starting the journal article publication process:

  • Determine Your Focus for a Journal Manuscript
  • Identify the Journal(s) to Target for Your Submissio

The next five posts go step-by-step through the typical sections of a scholarly journal article in the social or health sciences and discuss how to approach each: 

  • Write Your Literature Review
  • Write Your Methods Section and Subsections
  • Present Your Results or Findings
  • Craft Your Discussion Section
  • Handle Feedback, Revise, and Resubmit Like a Pro

The final two posts consider important variations on research journal articles:

  • Manuscripts for Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research
  • Systematic Reviews of the Literature

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