How to Publish a Scholarly Article

Tuesday, 8 February 2022, 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. on Zoom

Scholarly publication is not just one of the major factors in an academic’s career progression, it is, today, also one of the main things an appointment committee looks for in an applicant’s CV. This talk aims to help research post-graduate students, or any other concerned scholar, develop their original ideas into publishable articles. The talk mainly concentrates on the social sciences, where articles in journals are the main form of publication for most scholars, but most of the advice is also relevant to those whose research lies in the humanities, where monographs are the gold standard. The talk introduces the different kinds of journals and the different measures of status, giving advice on how to select an appropriate outlet. It looks at the various different conventions like length and citation style that journals insist contributors follow. It goes on to discuss the refereeing process and the ways in which editors use that information, offering guidelines on how to respond. The aim of this talk is to demystify scholarly publication and provide the signposts that can help the aspiring author navigate to a successful conclusion.

COLIN SPARKS is Emeritus Chair Professor of Media Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University. He has written extensively on several aspects of the mass media, including tabloidization, globalization and media in transitional societies. His most recently published work, undertaken in collaboration with Chinese scholars, has been about the impact of digital technologies on mainland Chinese newspapers and journalism.

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