It seems that nowadays, almost everyone is trying to publish one research or another. Before now, the trend has always been for academic scholars undergoing their doctorate degree to publish academic research papers, this is quickly changing.
Writing a research paper is indeed a rigorous and demanding experience. You don’t only need to know the topic to work on; you also need to learn the writing style and then embark on time-consuming research to make an in-depth and exhaustive research to arrive at a valid conclusion.
In most cases, you will need a college education up to at least Masters Level to know how to be able to publish an acceptable academic or non-academic research work. The work that goes into publishing a journal is perhaps one of the reasons it is a thing of pride. Having multiple research works published in various prestigious academic journals is something to be proud of. It earns one accolade. You need your academic Journals before you can earn your PhD
But there are other reasons why scholars are publishing journals nowadays.
A Recent trend in the publishing of research works shows that you don’t need to be affiliated with an academic institution or organization (some are retired scholars or freelance researchers specialized in that particular area) to publish your work. What matters it the value and fit of the contribution to the journal to which you are submitting
Academic Journal For Other Reasons Other Than PhD
There is a recent trend that is quickly gaining recognition across various industries. Bright university students and scholars are now writing academic and non-academic journals for other reasons other than to get Ph.D.
Below, we take a look at the recent trend of non-academic scholars publishing articles in peer-reviewed, professional or academic journals without either holding or seeking a Doctorate degree:
Reason 1: Fame
Getting published in a prestigious journal is a privilege and not a right. You have to pass “through the eyes of a needle” for your work to be published in most journals. What this means is that it takes a bright scholar and lots of work to publish a research work in an academic or non-academic journal.
A student may want to show how outstanding he is by submitting his works for publication. A university or masters student looking for a way to impress his supervisors can embark on the rigorous process of writing and publishing an academic journal.
Publishing your research works on prestigious journals will set you apart from your peers. It not only shows your mastery and ownership of knowledge and ideas, it also shows your ability to undertake extremely challenging tasks which you can use in the future to impress employers.
Reason 2: Get Admission
Students seeking an admission into Ivy League schools need a way to impress the admission board by showing that they are outstanding. You definitely need to prove to the admission board how outstanding you are when you are seeking an admission into some top schools in the United States, Canada, and other countries.
Prospective masters student embark on conducting and publishing research works to prove to admission board they too can be able to handle the often demanding nature of academic programs in these schools.
Reason 3: Open Doors to Job Opportunities
With competition for top jobs getting stiffer, it is no longer a secret that employers are now looking beyond the CV to get top talents.
Human resource managers are now using advanced tools to check job applicant digital footprints. Most employers will check a job seeker’s social media profile on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, among others.
Today, it is common to see non-academic people writing and publishing journal articles to show their creditability and ownership of their knowledge or ideas instead of presented on the blog. Because journals are well known to be more reputable than blogs because of its standing, also, journals are now open access that can easily be goggled, it can also be shared socially and exposed to people around, including your boss.
Imagine a high competitive job; a candidate who has published several research works will definitely look more promising to recruiters.
How To Publish Your Work in a Journal as a Freelance Researcher
You don’t have to be affiliated with an educational institution to publish a journal. As an independent scholar, you can have your works published in various prestigious research journals, we are going to discuss how below.
Note that you can publish your work as a single author. There are many academic parasites around who will demand co-authorship of your idea if you show them your work. Don’t let them steal your shine. You can get your work published in the following steps:
1. Find the Right Journal
The first thing you need to do when you want to publish your work as a freelance researcher is to find the right journal for your work.
The reason to do this first is to ensure that your work will be accepted. Every journal has their writing style, policy, and objectives. Once you discover the right journal to publish your work, download their manual and go through it.
2. Prepare your Work
This is where you need to spend a lot of time. Conducting a research takes time, in some cases, years. When you have completed your research, prepare your manuscript in the following ways:
- Keyword list
- The body
- Discussion and Conclusion
3. Make Your Work Stand Out
To ensure your work stand out and reduce the risk of getting your work rejected, enrich your article by adding interactive elements such as:
- Audio Slides
- Graphical abstracts
4. Proofread and Review
Don’t submit your paper yet until you have a published author go through your work. This is to ensure that your work follows the ethics of a research paper. Scientific misconduct and breach of publishing ethics can take different forms and may be committed knowingly or unknowingly.
Some of these breaches of ethics include:
- Authorship disputes
- Competing interests
- Research fraud
- Salami slicing
A published author will help you detect these problems and correct them before your work goes into review.
5. Submit Your Work
After multiple revisions and re-checking of your manuscript, you are ready to submit to the editor of the journal via the submission and peer review system.
Your work will be reviewed. If it passes the review, it will be published in the journal.
There is no doubt that publishing of research papers for other reasons other than Ph.D. is becoming popular. If you have a research interest, there is no reason you shouldn’t explore it today. Find the right journal to publish your work and let the world see your ideas and knowledge.