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Publishing and the Academic World

Passion, purpose and possible futures, 1st Edition

Edited by Ciaran Sugrue, Sefika Mertkan


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Within the Academy, itself a changing and increasingly entrepreneurial entity, publishing is no longer an option; it is the universal currency that secures a position, tenure and promotion; it is key to academic life. Providing a panoramic picture of the changing publishing climate, Academic Life and the Publishing Landscape will empower scholars by enabling them to navigate this changing terrain more successfully.

This book provides guidance from a range of contributors who use their own wide expertise in writing and publication to document the challenges faced by scholars at different career stages and in different locations. It covers a wide range of debates on publishing, spilt into the following three sections:

  • Mapping the Publication Landscape,
  • Writing for Publication—Learning from Successful Voices,
  • Further Challenges and Possibilities.

With topics ranging from the process of preparing manuscripts for publication, including chapters on calculating journal rankings and understanding the Peer Review process, through to chapters on speaking to international audiences and writing for elite international journals, this book offers a unique perspective on how the changing nature of publishing works.

This will be a useful guide for scholars across the globe looking to enhance their publication performance, and those questioning what needs to be done in order to understand, navigate and to (re-)position one’s self and institution in this increasingly significant and rapidly altering terrain.

Ciaran Sugrue is Professor of Education, University College Dublin, Ireland and has been Head of School from 2011-14.

Sefika Mertkan is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Management at Eastern Mediterranean University.

Table of Contents



Notes on contributors


Ciaran Sugrue & Sefika Mertkan


Mapping the Publication Landscape

Chapter 1

By Book and By Blog: The Future of Academic Scholarship

Andy Hargreaves and Ciaran Sugrue

Chapter 2

The Panoply of Publication: Continuity and Change

Ciaran Sugrue

Chapter 3

Calculating Journal Rankings: Peer Review, Bibliometrics, and Alternative Metrics?

Lutz Bornmann, Werner Marx, & Robin Hauschild


Writing for Publication—Learning from Successful Voices

Chapter 4

Voices of Experience: Scholar(ly) Perspectives on the Emotions, Imagination and Creativity of Writing for Publication

Sefika Mertkan & Ciaran Sugrue

Chapter 5

Getting my Work Out There: Writing the Paper

Barbara Grant

Chapter 6

Understanding the Peer Review Process: Reject, Revise, Resubmit

Tony Bush


Chapter 7

Text Work/Identity Work Online: Writing for Social Media and Beyond

Pat Thomson





Further Challenges and Possibilities

Chapter 8

In praise of knowledge bureaucracies: Speaking to International Audiences

Slawomir Magala

Chapter 9

From a Thesis to Journal Articles

Sefika Mertkan

Chapter 10

Playing The Game: Writing For Elite International Journals in an uneven Academic World

Simon McGrath

Chapter 11

Academic Writing For Publication: A Backward Glance, Glimpsing Possible Futures

Ciaran Sugrue & Sefika Mertkan

About the Editors

Ciaran Sugrue is Professor of Education, University College Dublin, Ireland and was Head of School from 2011 to 2014.

Sefika Mertkan is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Management at Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Research