Publishing

By the time you are writing up your thesis and applying for jobs, it is a real bonus if you've managed to get something published.

How to get published

  • Via Conferences: this is the easiest way to get published. Many larger conferences will publish a volume of conference proceedings. If you've presented your research, your paper may well be accepted for inclusion.
  • Via Call for Papers (CfP): you should also keep an eye on the occasional calls for papers (CfP) circulated on the mail lists regarding articles and chapters in books. If your research is an exact fit, it is certainly worth submitting an abstract.
  • Journals: You can and should also make your own approaches to journals. During the course of your research, it is highly likely that bits and pieces will fall out of the thesis that could be turned into an article instead. You may also have an MA thesis or an undergraduate dissertation you could work up. German Life & Letters are well-known for being open to young academics, and the Modern Language Review is also approachable. For all journals, you must expect a long wait (2 years between submission and publication is by no means overly-pessimistic). You will also need to pay attention to style conventions (which can vary greatly between publications). Editors get very irritated by pieces that don't fit their formatting, and it implies that you are simply block-mailing everywhere - not an impression you want to make.

 

Choosing where to publish

There is a kind of publication hierarchy. Generally, peer-reviewed journals are considered the most prestigious (as all articles are read by a board of established academics before being accepted). Conference proceedings are considered the least prestigious. As a general rule, getting published at all is a good start, but beware of underselling yourself. If you are on your second or third piece and can afford to wait a bit, it is probably worth being a little choosy. If in doubt, ask your supervisor or contact a member of the WIGS committee.