Getting your Paper Accepted for Publication: the Editor’s Perspective

Have you been working on a paper which always seem to fall short of being accepted for publication? Get your paper published by knowing your editor’s expectations.

Dr. Don Passey, University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) Visiting Professor from Lancaster University, United Kingdom, shared some tips and advice during  a Special Research Conversations held on 12 February 2018. These tips were meant to help researchers and students get their academic and research papers published.

Know what kind of editor are you submitting your paper to

Dr. Passey identified the different kinds of editors depending on their involvement:

  1. an editor of a journal who is someone who has a position across a number of years, has an experience on a particular field, and is affiliated to that particular journal
  2. a guest editor of a journal who is in charge of an issue, has a particular idea for a theme from which the issue will come out of, and works on at most 20 papers across a year
  3. an editor of a book who is looking at chapters to put together into a book; and editor of post-conference proceedings who compiles conference proceedings and papers into a book

Be aware of the responsibilities of the editor

Dr. Passey also discussed the responsibilities of an editor:

  1. Editors take on board the reviews from at least 2 reviewers which are selected by the editor on the basis of the content of the paper or chapter.
  2. Editors look across the reviewer recommendations from 3 reviewers, especially in the event of contradicting reviews.
  3. Editors consider the role and remit of the journal or book and determine if the submission fits journal or book.
  4. Editors consider the aims of a particular journal issue, grouping papers together that have some sort of relationship.

Consider the reasons why the editor should consider your paper

As an editor with experience on all the aforementioned kinds of editors, Dr. Passey  shared the points that he considers when accepting submissions in chronological order. He hopes that these serve as guides for authors when submitting to a publication.

  1. Does this fit/match the aims and remit of the journal or book?
  2. What are the reviewer/s comments and are they amendable or are they grounds for rejection?
  3. What is the paper’s/chapter’s contribution to the journal and/or to the field? Is the study contributing a new idea, theory or practice that has not been done before or an argument with other research that has been done before? Is the study contributing something in terms of context?
  4. Does the study present robustness and rigor in terms of methodology and data analysis? Is the study over-generalized?
  5. What kind of support (i.e., feedback and recommendation) can be given to the author?

Additional Advice

As parting words, Dr. Passey suggests to have an idea of who the editor is, determine role of editor in publication, carefully read the aims and remits of the journal/book, be clear about the paper’s or chapter’s contribution, be honest in stating the robustness and rigor of the study, attend conferences and see where it goes from there, and collaborate with other people to ensure the paper’s or chapter’s acceptance.

Dr. Passey is a professor of Technology Enhanced Learning from the Department of Educational Research. He finished his bachelor’s degree from the University of Birmingham, master’s and doctorate degrees from Lancaster University. He is a member of various government and non-government organizations such as Department of Education in Northern Ireland, International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), British Educational Research Association, among many other commitments. He designs, develops, convenes, and teaches modules and courses on technology, instruction, and education since 2009.

To watch the full research conversations, visit this link.

(MRSanBuenaventura, OVCAA)


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