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This is a muttering confused self-indulgent rant that I realized was too long for Facebook. Therefore, perfect for DW, y/n? ;)

I'm in the process of trying to turn a dissertation chapter into an article, because I need more publications or at least "submitted to" papers on my CV by the fall job season. The chapter draft is nearly 16K words. And as I'm looking at journals, I'm finding widely variable length requirements. Philosophy and Public Affairs has 12K; Social Politics has between 8K and 10K; Hypatia has 8K; JMEWS has 7500; Meridians 9K.

Clearly there's a TON of chopping to be done. But the question is, how highly do I factor in the length requirement in my selection of a journal to target it to?

How do you pick where to submit an article? What is be your process?

Date: 2010-04-20 03:16 pm (UTC)
annotated_em: cross-section of a lemon (Default)
From: [personal profile] annotated_em
Start by looking at the issues of the journal themselves and the stuff they publish, and see where your article might fit in with that journal's mission and statement.

It wouldn't hurt to pitch the article at the editor, rather than submit without notification--this might help you, especially if the journal just did a theme issue around the topic your article covers, or has something coming up--if you get a statement of definite interest, that'll help you narrow it down.

I'd say more but I gotta run teach. But I could say more! (gosh, this required seminar on publishing that the program made me take is suddenly useful, who knew?)

Date: 2010-04-20 05:00 pm (UTC)
annotated_em: cross-section of a lemon (Default)
From: [personal profile] annotated_em
Well, the advice I've been given is that pitching is a good idea -- contacting the editor of a journal and saying what you're working on and why you think it'd be a good fit for the journal lets the editor know you're interested, and is supposed to be better than sending something in over the transom. But that's in my discipline (rhetcomp) and may not apply to you.

I doubt your proto-article is suited to one and only one journal. If you don't want to pitch it, then I'd rank the journals according to which ones you think you'd most like to write for/which would be most useful to you, and aim your revisions accordingly. If that journal rejects your article, then you could move to the next one on the list.

Date: 2010-04-20 07:20 pm (UTC)
holyschist: Image of a medieval crocodile from Herodotus, eating a person, with the caption "om nom nom" (Default)
From: [personal profile] holyschist
I don't factor length in at all, personally, but my field's so different, that might not be helpful. The top journal in my field has a strict 4-page limit (fine print, yeah, but that includes references and figures; it's brutal). If something is "noteworthy" to the broad field, that's the first place I'd submit. If something is "noteworthy" to the broad field but involves reams of data, I'd submit to its more data-heavy counterpart. Beyond that, it depends more on the focus of the journal. The next choice for most of what I work on has a 30-page (printed) limit, and obviously a very different "style".

If you can frame your article for several different journals, topic-wise, I'd go for whichever has the greatest prestige factor first and work your way down from there.


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