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  1. Getting Published:Journey into an Editor’s Mind Sally St. George, PhD, RMFT Dan Wulff, PhD, RMFT, RSW University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  2. Our Context • Co-editors of The Qualitative Report for 10 years • Reviewers for numerous journals and publishers • Published authors • Professors teaching qualitative research, social work, and family therapy from undergraduate to doctoral levels

  3. Description of Workshop In this workshop we will reveal specifically what the editors of TQR are looking for in terms of content and writing style when they read manuscripts. In a frank presentation we will also tell you what “bugs” us when we are working on the rewriting process.

  4. Objectives • To identify the key elements of successful article submissions. • To define and illustrate a productive author mindset during the editing process. • To clearly articulate specific items or issues that retard the editing process and delay the eventual publication.

  5. Key Elements of a Successful Article Submission

  6. Title indicates content and method

  7. Abstract is concise, not abstract

  8. Key Words are carefully constructed for searchers

  9. Introduction sets the scene and grabs the reader with the purpose, rationale, audience, and answer to the “so what?” question

  10. Literature Review shows what knowledge base is available and the knowledge gaps

  11. Author Context reveals the author’s interest, investment, intention

  12. Explanation of IRB or Ethics Approval

  13. Methods: Everything needs a rationale, transparency, and literature support

  14. What type of qualitative inquiry are you using?

  15. How were your participants recruited?

  16. What constitutes your data? How did you collect it?

  17. Reveal each step of your analysis. Use illustrations.

  18. Discuss how you built trustworthiness

  19. Organize the presentation of your results (must flow from analysis)

  20. Constructive Author Mindsetincludes. . .

  21. Attentive to journal details (e.g., writing style, journal mission)

  22. Even if manuscripts are not formal studies, they still must be purposeful, transparent, clear, without excessive jargon, and answer the “so what?” question

  23. Letter with submission should summarize the author’s hopes for the manuscript

  24. Maintain politeness

  25. Remain open to feedback

  26. Maintain patience

  27. Attention to detail inside manuscript

  28. Narrative must have a solid progression of thought

  29. Narrative must have scholarly literature support

  30. What drives us crazy!

  31. Ignoring directions (e.g., failing to use and show Track Changes)

  32. Ignoring or not answering our comments within a revision

  33. Correcting only one occurrence of a repeated error

  34. Acting as if one is using APA style when one is not

  35. Failing to proofread

  36. Anthropomorphizing or misattribution of agency

  37. Not appreciating the editor’s time and help

  38. Saying more than the data allows