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  • 1.  Ideas for getting articles published in early childhood journals

    Posted 05-05-2017 01:35 PM
    A person I was working with is in a doctoral program and wants to become a professor of Early Childhood Education. She was worried about the reputation that it is a "publish or perish" world once you become a professor, and one of her classmates told her that you need some publications to even get an interview at a top college! I think she could write a great article for Young Children, or Teaching Young Children -- I found the submission guidelines online, but can others on the list help with their ideas for getting articles published in those journals?

    Karen Nemeth
    Newtown, PA

  • 2.  RE: Ideas for getting articles published in early childhood journals

    Posted 05-06-2017 02:53 PM

    Hi Karen,
    Yes- if your friend wants to be a professor, she should be working with her doc program advisor to get some publications in the pipeline prior to going into the job market. While practitioner pieces are good, what she really needs is to work on publications in research journals (e.g., Early Childhood Research Quarterly).
    I hope this helps!

    Melissa Burnham, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean, College of Education
    University of Nevada, Reno
    Reno NV

  • 3.  RE: Ideas for getting articles published in early childhood journals

    Posted 05-07-2017 06:26 PM
    A number of steps help aspiring authors in this process of publishing in peer-reviewed journals:
    1. Know the journal, and the audience. The wide spread of journals here in NAEYC strategically and intentionally reach different parts and parcels of our profession Writing for Young Children | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC. Other associations (ACEI, ILA, NHSA, for examples) have similar spread of journal types. Look around for regional, state, or local peer-reviewed journals (Early Years, for example, Publications - Texas Association for the Education of Young...). Write for newsletters and bulletins - while it doesn't care the same 'weight' as a peer-reviewed journal, it is good practice, and great service to the profession.
    2. Find any mention of cluster topics or thematic issues upcoming.
    3. Contact editors directly (through the proper channels) to explore your proposed topic.
    4. Volunteer as a peer-reviewer. Working with manuscripts, reading authors' intent, learning how voice works with content, all these technical and communication pieces help an aspiring author craft his or her own voice and story.
    5. Collaborate! Working together with other authors is common in most academic disciplines; we, in early childhood, should lead and pioneer in our respect for collaborative writing and publishing.
    6. Understand the formal and informal 'Impact Factor' of your target journal, and understand how different universities and colleges value and appreciate the diverse impacts that different journals have. While 'top colleges' such as Tier 1 Doctoral level research universities have certain criteria for where you publish, as measured by a more formal 'Impact Factor', other regional universities focus on more practitioner-based impact - how many people read your article and put it to use on Monday morning with the kids? Use a journal rating system like Cabell's International to identify level of influence/impact of your target journal.
    7. Find good readers, colleagues, editors in your network. Make sure other people read your work before you submit it. Ask for specific, identifiable critiques, and incorporate their advice into your manuscript before you submit it to a journal.
    8. Expect to receive (and get all excited about!!) a 'revise and resubmit' response from your journal. Attend to those edits faithfully and diligently. Turn in your revisions in a timely manner.
    Finally, use a '4 in 24' approach to handling the rejection we all receive. Write your article thinking of 4 different journals, as similar as possible. Upon receiving a rejection from one, send it out immediately, within 24 hours, to the next journal on your list. Repeat 4 times.
    Somewhere out there, an editor is looking for one more article; might as well be yours!

    Josh Thompson
    Cedar Hill TX

  • 4.  RE: Ideas for getting articles published in early childhood journals

    Posted 05-07-2017 06:30 PM
    Sometimes it may depend on where the person wants to work - if they are looking to get into a R1 institution then the research journal is the best choice, but if it is not a R1,  then Young Children or Teaching Young Children are great- the most important thing is to have something published!

    Pam Brillante
    Assistant Professor Special Education
    William Paterson University of NJ
    Flemington NJ

  • 5.  RE: Ideas for getting articles published in early childhood journals

    Posted 05-08-2017 08:46 AM
    If you are able to attend an NAEYC National Conference, typically they offer workshops on how to publish with them. The last one I went to had an author/researcher who reviewed the process of publishing a book and a panel of NAEYC staff who reviewed how to submit publication materials for all the web and magazine articles.

    Mistie Cogbill
    Black Mountain NC

  • 6.  RE: Ideas for getting articles published in early childhood journals

    Posted 05-25-2017 05:37 AM
    Hello All,

    Thank you all for sharing thoughts on diverse ways to publish! Thanks to Josh, who lead me to this particular post because I have an interest in wanting to publish as well.  However, I am currently, not in a doctoral program, but will be going that route in the future! I would like to learn the process of publication.  I definitely would appreciate an opportunity to collaborate with someone, if an opportunity arise!

    Anyone interested doing some collaborative work around ELL student population and learning difficulties due to personal challenges? I am also open to other ideas around ELL student population. Please share your thoughts and interests!

    Ankit Shah
    Educational Academy for Boys and Girls
    Columbus OH

  • 7.  RE: Ideas for getting articles published in early childhood journals

    Posted 06-04-2017 08:57 AM
    Writing a blog post for  your local, state, or our national NAEYC is one way to dip your toe into the world of working with editors and sharing your thoughts with everyone.  I recommend this for educators at every level of education, because we all have interesting strategies and resources to share.
     I write the National Science Teachers Association's Early Years blog and welcome guest posters on early childhood science education topics.

    Peggy Ashbrook
    Early childhood science teacher
    Alexandria, VA
    NSTA The Early Years columnist, Science and Children
    Early Years blogger,
    Author: Science Learning in the Early Years, and
    Science Is Simple