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Publishing in English: Publication Venues

An upcoming guide to English-language publication for Japanese scholars

OVERVIEW: PUBLICATION VENUES AND PROCESSES

This section provides a description of key venues for English-language publication.  

Click on a publication type in the menu to learn about what to expect for each venue before, during, and after the publication process. 

NOTE

Note to the Reader

Why are there no lists of recommended or ranked journals?

This site does not contain rankings or lists of recommended journals because we believe such lists are seldom representative of the field and often over emphasize the importance of one publication over a range of equally reputable others.

The goal of this site is to help young writers who are not native speakers of English to overcome their anxieties about publishing in English and to better understand and navigate the process of preparing an English manuscript and successfully submitting it for publication in an English-language publication.

There are hundreds potentially excellent venues in which young scholars may get welcome and beneficial scholarly visibility.  For example, there are more than 1,700 journals in the Arts and Humanities Citation Index, and more than 3,100 titles in the SSCI (Social Sciences Citation Index). Creating a list of top journals in various fields would be to create the impression that listed publications are recommended by this Website.

While citation counting is common within the STEM fields, this guide is expressly geared toward scholars in the humanities and social sciences.  Also major scientific indexes like Thomson Reuters accept only about 10% of all journals that apply for membership, and the vast majority of them are outside the scope of this guide.  Many if not most of the reputable journals in our field are not included in Thomson Reuters, which aims to pick representative publications that provide a picture of developments in a field as a whole among “world universities.”

One of our senior advisors made the following comment: The way universities use the lists, treating journals that are not included as inferior, is a travesty. What users of the guide need is an indication about how to set about identifying a suitable journal for their manuscripts, not a list of the top journals (which for many of them will be unattainable).

A number of other essays and articles linked from this site make similar comments including that of Mayumi Ishikawa (Ishikawa, 2013) which may be summarized as arguing that such world rankings are creating competition over the number of journal citations an individual scholar may receive, resulting in an unhealthy audit culture within academia.

Many native English-speaking scholars begin their publications with smaller and less well-known journals and build up to publishing in the top journals in their field.  We endorse that strategy for younger and first-time writers who are not native-speakers of English.  To overcome obstacles to publishing in English and to find the best venue for publication of scholarly work, we recommend that scholars consider a broad range of potential venues and not focus exclusively on premier publications.

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北米日本研究資料調整協議会
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