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CSIEME Program: Research and Publications

Library guide in support of the CSIEME Program in the College of Education

Fall Session Outline

  • Evaluating Sources, things to consider:
    • author, publication date, methods, analysis
    • conceptual/theoretical framework
    • interplay between sources/ awareness of the scholarly conversation
    • journal quality/impact
  • Organization over time
    • getting and staying organized
    • calendaring for scholarship projects
      • ideas, in progress, submissions, revise and resubmits, acceptances, rejections
       

Research is a Conversation

Scholarly Impact & Author Reputation

Manage Your Digital Presence And Reputation

  • Select and use tools like Mendeley and ORCID to manage your professional online presence.
  • Use metrics-based tools to determine journal quality and select publication venues. 

Learn More About Tools For Evaluating Impact:

Learn more at the Scholarly Impact For Graduate Students page from UNLV Libraries.

The Peer-Review Process

Spring 2019 Session Outline

  • Information Literacy (IL) Frames
    • Research as inquiry (iterative nature of research)
    • Information has value (information and power)
    • Scholarship as conversation
  • Selecting a Publication (see boxes below for links)
    • Journal rankings
    • Author rights
    • Requirements for submission
    • Improving chances of publication
  • Establishing a Research “Agenda”
    • What do you want to be known as an “expert” in?
    • Author order
    • Calendaring for scholarship projects (ideas, in progress, submissions, revise and resubmits, acceptances, rejections)
    • Self-citation and self-plagiarism
  • Using Theory in Research
    • Research Courses   
    • Conceptual and Theoretical frameworks
    • Critical research/Indigenous methods (quant/qual) (as differentiated from Eurocentric research)/knowing the rules to break them while exceeding their “rigor”
    • Awareness of the scholarly conversation
    • National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity - tools and support for academic productivity, healthy relationships, and work-life balance. Create an account with your UNLV email address.

Selecting a Publication

Factors to consider when identifying a journal:

  • Quality of venue, fit for your research, publication time, accessibility of your information one it's published.

See below for resources on:

  • Journal rankings
  • Author rights/publication models (open access vs. traditional)
  • Requirements for submission
  • Improving chances of publication (“Revise and Resubmit” is good)

Top Resources for Journal Rankings/Metrics

Author Rights and Publication Models

Be sure to consider options for retaining your author rights. Librarians can help you navigate this.

There are two different publishing options, which you will want to consider among other factors when selecting a journal.

  • Traditional publishing requires readers to pay for access, often through a subscription paid for by your school or library. UNLV Libraries pays over $7 million per year on our collections, for example. As an author, only people with subscription access will be able to read your work.
  • Open Access refers to publications which are free to anyone with an internet connection.

Requirements for Submission

On the journal website:

  • Aims and Scope
  • Author Instructions or Guide for Authors

Directories with Journal information (These subscription resources do not rate or rank journals, but instead provide publishing details):

Improving Your Chances for Publication

Read through the expectations for the journal. And follow the instructions!

Springer has an excellent website that includes the following:

Journal selection and submission

  1. What do journal editors want?
  2. Cover letters

Peer-review process

  1. Common reasons for rejection
  2. Revising and responding
  3. When to dispute a decision
  4. Publication ethics
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