Academic publishing is one of the more complex, yet exciting fields to be part of. Those who wish to publish their work in an academic journal or other source will need to write concise, fact filled and backed up material that is usable in the setting in which they will be placed. This type of publishing has quite a bit to do with academic research and scholarship, rather than book publishing or online publishing.
Where to Publish
Academic publishing is done through a variety of sources, depending on the topic, publisher and goal of the piece. Most work is published in journals, including medical, science and history journals. Other work is published in thesis form. Some of the publishing you find printed in book form, though this is the less common unless the topic is in demand within some niche. One unique aspect of academic published material is that it often goes through some form of peer review. This allows educated professionals to respond to your information, including provide their opinions, spot problems or concerns, and to add to the work as required.
One of the most unique trends coming up now with academic publishing is the ability to transfer information and even publish works through what is called an open access format. This allows for others to read, share thoughts and add information on your published work. Best of all, it is done online, making the process of publishing academic pieces very fast and easy for anyone interested.
There are two main forms of open access to consider:
- Open access publishing: here, the article or the entire journal receives publishing online and is freely available to anyone on the Internet from the time that the material receives publishing.
- Self archiving publishing: in this form, the author of the published work makes it freely available to anyone interested without charge on the Internet.
The Publishing Process
The publishing process for academic work starts with a journal editor who will monitor and encourage the peer review of the work. Once this has been completed, the publishing figure will accept it for publication. Often before this can happen all associated imaging and any figures provided with the work must also be approved for publication. Most often, peer review is complete online, today, as there are several types of software programs to simplify the process.
After peer review, the work comes back to the author who makes changes in line with the peer review information provided. The editor continues this back and forth process until the finished work fits the overall goals and requirements.
The final steps of the academic publishing takes the finished work through copy editing and typesetting, and then it is included in the journal. The printing of the publication is done followed by the addition of the information in the online format, if this online method will be used. The author of the work plays a role in the entire process, meeting the needs of the editor throughout.