For early career scholars just starting out in academia, getting an article accepted for publication can be tough. The following resources have been put together to help provide an overview of the academic publishing process, and encourage ISSBD members to submit research and articles going forward.
How to get published in IJBD
Watch the former Editor of the International Journal of Behavioural Development (IJBD)', Marcel van Aken, discuss how you can get your articles published in IJBD.
International Journal of Behavioral Development is the official journal of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development which exists to promote the discovery, dissemination and application of knowledge about developmental processes at all stages of the life span - infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age.
It is published 6 times a year and has an impact factor of 1.495 in Developmental Psychology. To contact the Editor, and for more information on the journal, click here.
How to Get Published Presentation by Marcel van Aken (former Editor of IJBD)
Navigating the publishing process: An introduction to submission, review and publication
Access a presentation by Brad Brown with useful publishing guidelines for early career scholars.
Click here for the PowerPoint presentation.
Beware the Predatory Journal! By Professor Nancy Galambos
As most researchers know, the thrill of scientific discovery brings with it an ethical responsibility to publish research results. But the pressure to publish can cause anxiety for many scholars wishing to advance up the career ladder. Unfortunately, “predatory journals” have stepped into this process – waiting to trap the scholar who is well aware of the “publish or perish” phenomenon -- but unaware that publishing in such journals could be career-ending.
What are predatory journals? They are primarily open access, report allegedly high impact factors, claim to evaluate their manuscripts through peer review, and require payment to publish – by these criteria, they do not appear to be that different from respected scholarly journals. But a closer look may reveal in addition that they are not published by esteemed publishers or edited by known scientists, articles are published within days of payment without undergoing legitimate peer review, they send out spam to attract buyers, and they do not report standard metrics for journal impact. Furthermore, some predatory journals hijack legitimate names, photographs, fee structures, and web pages to produce counterfeit websites that trick the researcher into thinking the process is authentic. In short, predatory journals are fraudulent, with no academic standing – and their number is growing exponentially.
What can you do to spot and avoid predatory journals?
First, be aware that this is a very real problem that could hurt you. If publications in predatory journals are uncovered in proposals for travel grants, research funding, or job applications, then your application is likely to be denied and considered unethical.
Second, consult legitimate resources online to aid in identifying possible predatory journals. A primary source is Beall’s List of Predatory Open Access Publishers together with Beall's List of Standalone Journals, which are updated regularly. It is important to know that there are legitimate open access journals for which you may pay a fee to publish; the difference with predatory open access journals is that they do not follow acceptable publishing practices. Nature: The International Weekly Journal of Science and the British Medical Journal are among the many journals discussing these issues and providing tips for identifying fraudsters. There are also likely predatory journals in other languages; for example, some Chinese journals have been mentioned in blog posts.
Third, search any journal on the web to access information (e.g., the journal’s editorial board; blog comments relevant to the journal; blinking crawlers advertising publication within a week) that will help you identify suspicious publications.
Fourth, consult with trusted supervisors, colleagues, and scholars at your institution and request help in identifying reliable journals that are an appropriate outlet for your research. ISSBD’s International Journal of Behavioral Development is a respected, legitimate academic journal.
What do publishers of predatory journals have to gain? Money. You pay them for the privilege of publishing – but it could be at the cost of your scientific integrity.
Note. Thank you to Livia Melandri for providing helpful advice on this article.
Writing a Research Paper
Watch Silvia Koller, Professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, discuss how to write a Research Paper.
Revise and Resubmit: a Long Journey
Watch the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Behavioural Development (IJBD), Professor Brett Laursen, discuss the journey of a manuscript from conception and submission through the peer review process. Follow the slides at this link.