Category Archives: Advice About Publishing

Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian

Dear colleagues, Oftentimes the hardest part of getting published is focusing your idea so that a journal’s editorial board will find it interesting. You don’t want to spend a lot of time writing before getting a sense of the viability of your idea. Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian wants to help you to get published. Are you currently working on a research project and need feedback or direction? Do you have an idea that you would like to turn into a published paper? Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian would like to offer you a helping hand if you are in the midst of working on a research project or manuscript that you believe has promise by providing you with preliminary feedback on your idea. The B&SS Librarian editorial board has experience in all areas of behavioral and social sciences librarianship with decades of experience in the research and publication process. We will offer insightful feedback on your submission and research proposals and provide an easy submission process with quick turnaround. We hope that you would ultimately decide to submit your final manuscript to B&SS Librarian, but there is no requirement that you do so. Do you have a paper relating to behavioral and social science librarianship that you are considering for publication? Authors are invited to submit papers at any time for upcoming issues. Papers received by December 31, 2008 will be considered for publication in volume 28:1. B&SS Librarian is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal focusing on all aspects of behavioral and social sciences information including the following subject areas and areas of focus: Anthropology Business Communication Studies Criminal Justice Education Ethnic Studies Political Science Psychology Social Work Sociology Women’s Studies Collection development and evaluation Descriptive/critical analysis of information resources Indexing and abstracting Library administration and management Publishing trends Public service Reference and library instruction Technology User behavior All submissions will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Consider Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian as the journal for your publication and let us help improve your publication record and demystify the publication process. Please send all submissions and questions to the editor at: Sincerely, Lisa Romero Editor, Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian

I have an idea, how do I get the article started?

For some people getting from idea to fleshed out article becomes a challenge. How do you organize your ideas? How can you get them into a form on paper that makes sense? Many of us were taught to outline is school but depending on how your brain works (I am definitely a visual person) that isn’t always comfortable. Another way is to use concept mapping. Put the topic down on a piece of paper or in a computer program (one that I use that isn’t really expensive and works well is Inspiration ( Then start to put down all your thoughts about what you want to include in the paper in circles, boxes, etc. and link them by drawing lines from them to other topics. Eventually you will see all the interconnections and can move this to an outline or a more fleshed out paper. If you use a computer program it can convert it to an outline for you. You can play with this at Inspiration’s beta test of Webspiration ( For additional information do some searching on concept mapping and enjoy the process! 





New feature on Google books allows you to copy and paste

For those of you who want to quote from books and would like to just copy and paste the section, {{ Don’t forget to cite where you got the quote from in your paper!!!!}} Google books now allows you to do this for books that are in the public domain. For more information check the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Wired campus blog at

Some Publishing FAQs

How can I move from presentation to publication?

By using your presentation as an outline you can fill in the words of the presentation to give you a good start on an article. You will still need to do a literature search and add more substantial information but you have a start.

What is plagiarism and why do I need to cite references?

A simple definition of plagiarism is taking someone else’s ideas and using them as your own or, at the very least, not giving someone else credit for something they created. Most papers and many presentations discuss ideas or directly quote work from another author. These ideas belong to that person. You must give them credit for their work even if you are not quoting them directly. You do this by citing references (in the text or in footnotes) and adding a list of those references to the end of your work. You can use whatever citation style you choose or the publisher requires.

I only like to use journal articles in my paper because I don’t have enough time to read a whole book. Do I have to use books in my research?

Whether or not you should use books in your research depends on your topic but keep in mind that you don’t always have to read the whole book in order to get the information you need. For example, many edited books contain chapters on a variety of topics, some of which have nothing to do with what you are writing about. It is a good idea to read the preface and/or introduction and any chapters that apply to your topic but don’t feel compelled to read sections that don’t apply to you what you are researching.

My article just got rejected by a publisher, what to I do now?

Revise it based on any comments you received from reviewers and resubmit it to that journal or elsewhere. Many of us don’t get our articles accepted in the first place we send it. It is a good idea to think of back-up journals when you are considering where to send it out for the first review. If you did that you already have a list of other places to submit it. If you get a rejection back asking for a “rewrite and resubmit” then look at the comments and do what they ask. If you have questions about what the reviewers are saying contact the editor for more information.

If your article is rejected completely, take a few days to mourn (yes, this is your “child” that you put tons of time, energy and ideas into so you may feel a need to vent). Then sit down with the reviewer comments and consider them seriously. Sometimes you will decide that you did not submit it to the proper journal or that the reviewers totally misunderstood your research but most of the time the advice they give will make your paper stronger. Make any changes you feel are appropriate and send the article out to a new journal as soon as you can. It is very easy, especially for new authors, to not want to deal with the rejection, but revise your work and get it back out there!