For Authors: Getting Published in JOE—Strategies for Success
Interested in publishing in the Journal of Extension (JOE)? Applying the strategies identified here can help ensure your chances of success.
- As an ongoing professional development exercise, read JOE for the purpose of paying attention to how articles are organized and written, language used for describing aspects of research methodology and results, and so forth. Also, consider regularly reading the journal’s Editor’s Page, which often includes a section with helpful information for prospective authors.
- Prepare for writing manuscripts to submit to JOE by reading The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition (APA manual). The APA manual provides broad guidance on composing effective article titles and abstracts, structuring manuscripts, writing clearly and concisely, discussing data, and more. Plus, it offers details that will help you correctly apply grammar and mechanics rules, display research results, and credit sources.
- Consider aspects of publishing as early as during the program development and study design stages. When creating program tools, survey instruments, or other written products, realize that you might want to include such items, in part or in whole, in a manuscript submitted for publication. Ensure that all materials are clear and straightforward, grammatically and mechanically correct, and free of inconsistencies, misspellings, and so forth.
- Before writing your manuscript, take the following actions:
- Read the JOE Submission Guidelines to gain an understanding of expectations for submissions to JOE.
- Determine the appropriate article category for your submission on the basis of information in the "Journal Sections/Article Categories" section of the submission guidelines.
- Consult resources identified in the "Editorial Standards and Manuscript Development Resources" section of the submission guidelines. In particular, review JOE Style and Guidance for Avoiding Common Manuscript Problems and JOE Guidance for Terminology, Usage, and Spellings to become aware of JOE-specific standards and to check your common writing practices against expectations for JOE submissions. Also, peruse the list of resources on the JOE website’s Guidance for Authors page, and then explore any resource you think will help you submit a manuscript that will lead to publication.
- appropriateness of article categorization;
- effective title and abstract;
- organization, cohesion, and focus in development of topic;
- clear delineation of implications for JOE readers;
- scientific rigor;
- consistency and accuracy in presentations and discussions of data;
- clarity and precision of the writing;
- proper grammar, mechanics, and style; and
- avoidance of errors of carelessness.
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