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Recap: #ECRchat 12th June 2014 on Publishing as an ECR

The topic of this discussion was Publishing as an ECR, led by Claire Evans

Publishing’ regularly crops up in #ECRchats so I thought it might be useful to have a chat dedicated entirely to this topic and the idea paid off as it turned out to be a very lively discussion. You can revisit the chat in this storify, but to recap the main highlights:

Q1: When to publish? What are the advantages/disadvantages of publishing during a PhD versus after a PhD?

• One of the main disadvantages discussed was the time it takes to publish, but advantages included having support of your supervisor, feedback and career development.

Q2: How do you select a journal? What should you consider?

• Tips included checking the scope of the journal and previous editions. This includes metrics of the journal, such as, but not limited to, impact.

• Also, use articles that you have referenced as a guide.

Is open access something that should concern me as an ECR?

• Open access should be considered, especially in the UK, but the cost may need to be factored into any research plans.

“publishing is entering a scholarly conversation”

Q3: What are editors/reviewers looking for in a journal article?

Q4: Those with experience of publishing, how long has the process taken and is there anything you would have like to have known beforehand?

• The main thing learned about publishing is that it takes longer than expected. Usually up to 2 years from submission of abstract to final publication.

• Variable reviewer comments, but more often than not constructive.

• Reviewers in the chat reminded us that papers are reviewed in with good will and as part of the civic academic service, so it’s not surprising the process takes so long.

Q5/6: Future plans for publishing? Any further questions?

• Further questions linked to gaps in the chat, such as writing a book and further information about open access.

• Finally everyone shared their own plans for publishing.

Host biography:

This chat was hosted by Dr Claire Evans (@bookworm_29), who is currently an independent researcher working as an Associate Lecturer for The Open University in Wales.


Postdoc in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, researching visual word recognition. Likes MEG, TMS, fMRI, reading, waffles, and motorbiking.

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