- I already knew what I wanted to write about, resurrecting a manuscript written a year ago which never got submitted for various reasons.
- I'm working through the process in isolation rather than socially.
Getting Ready/Week 0
1. Decide what you want to write about.
OK, I already know this.
2. Make sure you have completed your literature review.
I do already have a literature review, of sorts, but it's a year out of date and may need to be enhanced for the rewrite. The other problem is that there just isn't much literature in the area I'm writing about.
3. Have a look at journal rankings and citation indexes to see which is an appropriate journal.
Oddly enough, this was most helpful. Choice of journal was a major reason why I lost confidence in this manuscript a year ago. Thinking about it over the weekend, I thought I had an improved choice, but when I went through the steps on the wiki, I now feel I have a better one. This has helped my confidence considerably!
4. Decide which journal you want to submit your article.
In some ways, thus was the most significant part of the process so far. I changed my mind twice, but having found what felt like the right fit, progress was smoother.
5. Consider submitting an article to a journal that is open access.
I have downplayed this criterion in favour of what I think is the best journal. My first choice was not open access. No problem, I would just submit the manuscript to the institutional repository. My second choice is going to be open access shortly...
1. Critical friend.
Tricky. Possibly the most important part of the process. I don't have one - unless one of you wants to volunteer to be my critical friend for this manuscript? In return, I can offer a reciprocal arrangement if you are interested in trying this for yourself.
2. 2-5 key points.
Obvious, but surprisingly difficult. What is the take-home message?
3. Starting with the conclusion.
Actually the abstract. Sort-of. This was very helpful as it made me rethink the data I have, and more importantly, what I want to say about it.
4. Mapping information and argument.
Tricky (for me). I did sit staring at a piece of paper while trying to draw a mind map, but as ever, it didn't work. What it did do was start me typing, based on 2-3 above.
5. Email study group.
I'm not participating as I'm flying solo on this one.