In past few days I was struggling to finalize a
research paper and subsequent to finding a Journal where it can be published.
Similar issues were faced while I was pursuing Masters in Environment
Management and was very keen in writing about the Environmental Trends and
issues. Later during my dissertation, I found that the six-month work done can
be summarized into a nice research paper which I can submit for Publication to journals.
I was not sure which journal can be considered for submitting paper, how it can
be done and how much time it will take to get the work Published.
This article will help
you to understand all the key fact about the research paper publication and in
preparing a checklist or to do list before you submit the same for publication.
During higher studies almost every student gets
an opportunity to work on a unique concept of their subject area and submit his
finding as a project work. There are various project work and corresponding
writeups are getting submitted as part of academic curriculum. At times these
works later identified as subject areas for further research or helps other
researchers to take reference in case they are doing similar work.
- Should I write a research Paper?
This is important question which one can think
of and analyses. If you find the work what you have done in your academics is
unique and others can get rightly benefited directly or indirectly then definitely
yes, you should summaries your findings as a paper. Following points will
further help you for decision making to move ahead or not
your work is Unique or innovative?
it help others for reference if they are doing similar work
this paper get noticed for reading or review by others?
will be audience?
If you have a justified answer for above four
question, then I think you can move ahead for next important question as
discussed further in this article.
- What should be type of your Write up?
It is important to understand that there are
several types of writeups that is being published by Journal. Hence the work
done can be understood first and then writeups needs to be summaries
accordingly. Below mentioned types can
be considered (There may be other types as well)
Review Paper: It includes understanding the past research
work done on a subject and writing the same based on findings from various
research paper. Here some latest data can be analyzed and can be compared with
the findings and conclusion can be made accordingly. These papers don't include
any unique results as more or less it includes interpretation of proven results
already available in other research paper.
Research Paper: Research paper is an outcome of a work
done.At times it can be termed as
project work why So? Do you understand definition of a Project? Project is a temporary
endeavor, undertaken to create unique product services or results. In a Project
the product service or result is well know before initiation. Hence the result may
or may not be unique. In case the result is not unique then the paper can be summarized
with the innovation in methodology adopted or any alternate or unique method of
doing the similar things done in past. In case the work results in generation
of any unique output then the paper can be summarized with Material and
Methodology, results, conclusion etc.
- Take suggestions from Supervisor or Guide
It is very useful to get suggestions from seniors
or supervisors during research work as well as while writing paper. The written
paper can also be submitted with them to have a first hand review and
corrections if any. It will also be helpful in deciding the types of writeups (review
paper or research paper) and selection of Journal.
- Understanding the of mode of publication
It is important and key factor to get your work
acknowledged. Hence selection of the same can be done carefully. There may be
various journal available for your specific domain however you must understand
your audience. Few of the journal types may be as below (not limited to)
- Online Journal: There are various journals which
has online publication only. There audience include people who can have web
access for reading online paper.
- Journal (online + Hardcopy): They have reach in masses as their
target audience is online as well as students and research across the universities
and other institutions
- Conference Paper: Various institution and independent
authorities are arranging for International or national conference for specific
domain. These proceedings include the live Presentation on work done by
researchers, academicians etc and publication of their findings.
- Selection of Journal for final submission
It is the major challenging task and can be
done by taking following points into consideration;
of the journal, as it should match with your domain or objective
Index of the Journal
of the journal
Factor of the journal
******* How to do the above can be seen in next
- Checklists for research paper
Usually all the journal accepts the paper in
their own format, however following sections are most common amongst many of
of Paper: It must be unique in a way that, it represents the soul of your work summarized
It includes the brief summary of the work done and your results. A small and
impressive writeup with appropriate selection of words can make the reader
understand why the rest of the sections in paper is worth for reading.
Words: It includes the iconic words used in paper which you want to highlight.
It also includes the short length word which has repetitively used in paper
such as GPS (global positioning system).
It includes the brief objective or pain area or current situation of a problem
and what can be the expected approach for resolution of the same. It includes the
summary of why this work has been taken for research or review.
It includes writeup in detail about the Material and Methodology used
This section can be summarized in detail with the results or output for the
This section includes the meaningful work you have done with reference to
similar work already done earlier
This includes the vote of thanks to people, guide, friends who helped you in
this research work
This includes the list of all research papers which has taken as a reference
for the current study.
******* This section can be referred in detail
in my next blog