“The work you are already doing matters. The dots you are trying to connect could have consequences outside in the world…Being represented in publishing your work is a social justice issue.” – TZB, March 2021
You have created new knowledge about education in your Ed Studies classes and as part of the capstone. The research, the stories, the ideas you tell deserve to be out in the world. Let’s talk about what it takes to get work published, and how you might think about a variety of different venues. None of these venues are likely to pay you for writing for publication – most academics are grateful to get their work published.
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A note on your sources: If you do a project that is academic research, make sure that you have permission from your research subjects to publish your work. It’s always a good idea when you are interviewing people to include in the permission that this work may be published. Depending on how you do the Yale IRB (Human subjects review), you can either decide to give someone a pseudonym. Another option if they are hesitant is that you can tell them that you will check quotes with them before publishing. It’s always good practice to write to a person you interviewed and share the published article with them when it has been published.
Yale specific venues
Pros: way to publish quickly, relatively low barrier to publishing, audience of Yale students, you can link your work on a resume as part of your career search
Cons: May not reach a wider public audience. Since it’s easier to get published on campus, this publication may not have the authoritative impact of a journalistic publication or an academic journal article
- Yale Daily News
- Yale undergraduate research journal
- Stanford undergraduate education research journal The Cutting EDge
- Course websites (see examples of EDST student work pages from a variety of classes here)
- Ed Studies senior capstone page (eg. Jared Michaud was invited to submit a chapter to a collected volume on rural education after someone found his capstone paper on rural arts education by doing a google search)
Mainstream journalism venues
Pros – wider readership than academic writing, can potentially have policy impact, can be great career visibility, faster than academic publication
Cons – if you’re interested in academic work in your future, an op-ed can help get your research out there, but it doesn’t “count” as an academic publication helping you towards grad admissions or further in your academic career
1. Op Ed Projects guide to writing op eds and pitching: https://www.theopedproject.org/oped-basics
2. A guide on where to pitch: https://rethinkmedia.org/blog/millennial-guide-companion-where-pitch-your-op-ed
Some possible ed journalism sources:
- New York Times – Well and Family Sections, Op-ed (like winning the lottery) – eg. Serena Puang’s essay on Anaphasia written for Jane Karr’s Education Beat course.
- Chalkbeat, online education journal with local ed reporting, pitch a first person story email@example.com
- Valerie Strauss, Answer Sheet blog, Washington Post – general focus pro teacher and public school, anti-ed reform, anti-charter, anti-testing
- Alexander Russo, The Grade, a blog on Phi Delta Kappan, interest in education journalism coverage more broadly
- Hechinger Report, covering inequality in education
- The 74 – features ed reporting across the spectrum, but generally prochoice and charter
- Medium – open venue for publishing, no review process, less reputable, but a good way to get your ideas out quickly
- Chronicle of Higher Education
- Other education blogs…
Pros – academic legitimacy ++ – useful for jobs, if you’re interested in applying to graduate school, ed policy, etc.
Cons – process takes a long time, and often involves rejection and a lot of revision. Are you invested in spending the next 1-3 years working on this piece? Academic articles are often behind a paywall, leading to a small readership.
For academic journals, you may be asked to co-author with someone with a PhD. This is why co-authoring with your superv
Choosing an academic journal – consider
- What are the journals that you cite most commonly in your paper’s works cited?
- Check out their impact factor score – this gives you an idea of how widely read and cited each journal is. American Education Research Journal (AERJ) is one of the top education journals. It has an impact factor of 2.4. Education Researcher’s impact factor is 4. Comparative Education is 1.5.
- Pick the top 2 or 3 journals that you cite.
- Consider – What are the word count and citation formats of each journal?
- When did each journal last publish something on topics connected to your project? This helps to make a case that your work is in conversation with work the journal is publishing.
- What would be your top choice journal based on this information? 2nd and 3rd choice?
- Do you care about publishing in a top journal? Or are you happy to get it published academically? If it’s the latter, it might be worth aiming for a middle-tier journal.
- Who are the scholars who could be potential reviewers, based on who you cite?
Be on the lookout for scam journals that sound similar to legitimate journals and ask you to pay money to have your paper published.
Co-authoring capstone research with a Yale prof: For the collaboration between Lana Apple and Mira Debs published in Research in Comparative International Education (impact factor 0.8), we worked together to revise Lana’s Ed Studies capstone where Dr. Debs served as the mentor. Lana was the first author & Dr. Debs second.
With this process, Dr. Debs helped with a final edit of the paper after Lana did the first round of revisions to reduce the capstone to journal article length.
Dr. Debs served as the corresponding author with the journal, supporting and supervising subsequent rounds of revisions after reader reports back from journals, and helping draft letters to the editor and revision letters. In total, the revision and submission process took 9 months. This is REALLY fast for an academic journal submission.