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Getting published in the digital age | Editor Resources


March 17, 2015 |

Robinson Raju,

Publishing Editor &
Sushmita Das,

Senior Editor, Journals Peer Review

Getting published in the digital age

A knowledge-sharing session held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Taylor & Francis, in collaboration with the Central Library of
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), organized a knowledge-sharing
session, “Getting published in the digital age,” on 26 February 2015. It
saw an unprecedented participation from 126 academics, research
scholars, a few librarians, and graduate students. Faculty and scholars
from the University of Delhi and the South Asian University attended the

The session aimed to disseminate knowledgeand information on how to
get published in an academic journal, the peer-review process, and
publishing ethics. Dr. Ramesh C. Gaur, University Librarian of JNU,
began the day’s proceedings by speaking perceptively about the
importance of collaborations of libraries with publishers to
strengthenand advance academic research. Dr. Gaur concluded his
presentation by announcing that T&F and the JNU Library have become
“knowledge partners.” Shafina Segon, Marketing Head for Journals &
Online Resources – South Asia, reiterated Dr. Gaur’s assertion about the
importance of collaborative efforts between publishers and libraries.

Anindita Pandey, Regional Publishing Manager for Journals Editorial –
South Asia, was the next speaker of the day. She spoke about how to
frame one’s academic research into a research paper that can be
submitted to a scholarly journal. A good title, a concise abstract, and
appropriate keywords are crucial, she observed, especially in the
digital age where the key factors that make sure an article is read and
cited are visibility and discoverability. She emphasized the importance
of reading a journal’s aims and scope closely and gauging the
requirements of that particular journal when selecting a title for
publication. Reading the Instructions for Authors and submission
processes of a journal are also important, she commented. Anindita
reminded the audience of the range of guidelines and resources available
on the Taylor & Francis Author Services site.

Next up was Lynsey Haire, Head of Electronic Editorial Systems,
Production, who explained the process of submitting manuscripts via
online peer review systems such as ScholarOne Manuscripts and Editorial
Manager. She spoke about the various steps involved in the process –
locating the link to the online submission site, filling in the
submission forms, specifying a source of funding, adding preferred
reviewers, and finally uploading the manuscript files and other
supplementary material. She then went on to discuss the single-blind and
double-blind peer review processes, and the new Taylor & Francis Language Editing Services, which provides expert advice for authors before submission.

Sarah Robbie, Peer Review Manager, Taylor & Francis, led the
final presentation on publishing ethics. Sarah articulated the critical
significance of ethics in journal publishing, outlining common ethical
issues in academic research. She emphasized the importance of
referencing and getting the appropriate permissions, and spoke about
existing committees and discussion forums which deal with publishing
ethics, such as COPE and  Retraction Watch.

Sushmita Das, Senior Editor – Journals Peer Review, Taylor &
Francis, talked about the CrossCheck software used in the peer-review
process. The CrossCheck database has 630 publisher members and contains
over 20 million journal articles. Sushmita noted that the software
checks papers against a vast database and returns results within

Sarah Robbie then went on to discuss data fabrication/falsification,
dual submission, declaration of interest, and importance of ethical
approval. She shared an ethics checklist for submission and showed the
screenshot of “Ethics support for authors.” Sarah discussed three
interesting case studies – the first was about the ramifications of
“gift” authorship, the second on self-plagiarism, and the last on
conflict of interest. These case studies prompted very engaging
responses from the audience.

At the end of the session, participants were asked to fill out
feedback forms. There was very positive feedback from all participants,
and a great deal of enthusiasm to participate in future author workshop

Published: March 17, 2015 | Author:

Robinson Raju,

Publishing Editor &
Sushmita Das,

Senior Editor, Journals Peer Review
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