This guide is for students, whether graduate or undergraduate, who are interested in publishing their work in an academic journal. It includes suggested journals and tips on how to successfully navigate the peer review and publication processes.
Here are some benefits of publishing your student work:
The following are defining characteristics of academic journals:
Institutions that subscribe to academic journals typically have the issues bound and shelved at the end of each publication cycle. Many journals have moved to a primarily or solely digital platform, however, and a growing number use an open-access model, meaning that they do not charge subscription or download fees. Some such journals also do not adhere to a traditional publication cycle, instead publishing submissions on a continuous or rolling basis. Though the reputability of open-access journals may vary by field, they have become an accepted feature of the academic landscape.
The following reflects the peer-review process used by the International Journal of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities:
There is a dark side to the world of academic journals: predatory publishing. Many shady online publications try to mimic academic journals, usually for motives of profit. Young scholars, who may be less familiar with the leading publications in their field, or more desperate to establish a publication record, are especially vulnerable to their ploys. Generally speaking, you should be suspicious of solicitations from entities that say they want to publish your work for a fee (though there are some reputable publications that do this). Additional hallmarks of predatory publishers include:
If you're still in doubt, ask an experienced instructor's opinion. The CWU librarians are a good resource, too.