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William Allan Kritsonis, PhD

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William Allan Kritsonis, PhD - Selected National Refereed Journal Articles. Manuscript published earned five (5) affirmative votes from the National Editorial Review Board and was formally recommended for publication by the National Policy Board representing the respective journal. www.nationalforum.com
William Allan Kritsonis, PhD - Selected National Refereed Journal Articles. Manuscript published earned five (5) affirmative votes from the National Editorial Review Board and was formally recommended for publication by the National Policy Board representing the respective journal. www.nationalforum.com

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The Lamar University Electronic Journal of Student ResearchSummer 2007
On Writing Well for Professional Publication inNational Refereed Journals in Education
 
William Allan Kritsonis, PhD
Professor and Faculty Mentor
Doctor of Philosophy Program in Educational LeadershipCollege of EducationPrairie View A&M UniversityMember of the Texas A&M University System
Visiting Lecturer (2005)
Oxford Round TableUniversity of Oxford, England
Distinguished Alumnus (2004)
Central Washington UniversityCollege of Education and Professional Studies
Kimberly Grantham Griffith, PhD
Associate Professor and Faculty Mentor
Lamar UniversityDepartment of Professional PedagogyCollege of Education and Human Development
________________________________________________________________________ABSTRACTThis article contains practical advice on how to get published in professional journals. The contributing writers have almost 600 years combined experience inprofessional education. Because of their strengths and success in publishing, allwere asked – independently of one another – to succinctly state advice on gettingpublished at the national level. The article offers individual guidance, assistance,and direction in writing for professional publication in refereed, peer-reviewed,blind-reviewed, juried, academic and scholarly journals.See:www.nationalforum.com
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Introduction
There will always be an expectation that certain members of the academic communitycontribute to the body of professional and technical literature in their respective fields.Most of this activity is focused at large research universities in which faculties have beenrecruited on the basis of their being producing publishing scholars, or at the junior ranks,have the promise of becoming such professionals.Currently, second, third, and fourth tier colleges and universities are placing increasedpressure on faculty to be more productive publishing scholars. While the expectation hasnot reached the proportions of “publish or perish” – given tenure, due process, andadmitted heavy teaching loads – many institutions are establishing what amounts to a“publish or prosper” stance.Most institutions in higher education initiating this kind of publishing expectation aremeeting with mixed success, and in some cases, extraordinary resistance from faculties.The faculties say that the universities expect scholarly productivity, yet do little tosupport these kinds of efforts with released time, secretarial assistance, graduate students,money for various expenses, merit pay, and salary differentials. Concerning publishingexpectations in higher education, one of the most challenging and difficulty tasks is forfaculties to publish in national refereed journals.While the debate is expected to continue indefinitely, the reality is that more facultywill need to acquire the knowledge and skills required in successfully writing forprofessional publication. Many others – including some educators at the K-12 andcommunity college level – want to become more proficient as producing publishingscholars. Whatever the motivation, few undergraduate or graduate students experienceformal programs that provide them the depth education and training necessary to becomehighly skilled in the publication enterprise.
Purpose of the Article
The contributing writers in this article have almost 600 years of combined experiencein the professional education arena. Among them they have produced approximately1500 publications of various types. Because of their strengths and successes in the areaof publication, all were asked – independently of one another – to succinctly state their 10or 12 best prices of advice on getting published.While it is was expected that there would be some overlap, there is a high degree of variation among the six contributors. Each has a point of view that differs from theothers. All have something to offer to the serious person who wishes to meet withsuccess in writing for professional publication.
 
Dr. Fenwick W. English
R. Wendell Eaves Distinguished Professor of Educational LeadershipThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill1.
 
Study the publication to which you desire to submit your manuscript.2.
 
Don’t submit manuscripts blindly without knowing what that journal usuallypublishes.3.
 
Know something about the journal’s reviewers, their backgrounds, andscholarship.4.
 
Don’t be sloppy. Before submitting your manuscript be sure it adheres to all thestipulations and standards outlined for that journal.5.
 
Some journals are for primarily an academic audience. Others are forpractitioners. They are different. Standards of evidence are different.6.
 
All journals are not the same. Know the differences.
Dr. Jeanne Marcum Gerlach
Associate Vice President for K-16 and DeanCollege of EducationThe University of Texas at Arlington1.
 
Be sure to narrow your focus for the article. One article cannot reportsubstantively on five or six questions.2.
 
The author should have a clear theoretical framework to support the study.3.
 
The author should review relevant literature to support the study.4.
 
Be sure to define and operationalize key terms.5.
 
The author should provide a rational for the study itself, not just the methodologyused in the work.6.
 
Be sure to provide a theoretical framework which will guide the interpretation of the data garnered for the study.7.
 
Be careful not to confuse quantitative research terminology with qualitativeresearch terminology.8.
 
The author should give a rationale for the population being studied.

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