How to Turn Papers Into Published Articles

December 2, 2019

Get tips and guidance from The Graduate Center's Writing Center.

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As graduate students, we produce reams of writing throughout our education. Most of this is terminal, discarded once a particular course or semester or project is over. Many of us, however, are expected to publish our research, particularly if we plan to make a career in academia. In those cases, term papers can serve as the basis for a published journal article.
But how does one find the appropriate journal? Scimago is a massive online database of academic publications. It covers a wide variety of disciplines and ranks journals according to a range of factors, including the number of external citations.
Say, for example, that you are a chemistry student looking to publish in an American journal that specializes in your subfield of organic chemistry. Scimago lists Organic Letters, published by the American Chemical Society, as the top publication in your area of specialty: In 2017, the journal was cited over 30,000 times.
If you find this advice helpful, join The Writing Center’s Revising an Article for Publication Workshop on Thursday, December 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Beyond discussing how to select journals for your scholarship, we’ll talk about the revisions necessary for publication, the various responses you can expect from an editor, and how to address readers’ comments.
The workshop is open to all Graduate Center students