ABCDEFGH
1
2
Hi academic friends! Sometimes, I find myself thinking I can write a full-fledged research paper in a matter of weeks, only to remember, good research has a lot of moving parts -- or I go to submit a paper and realize I have forgotten silly things like page numbers. So, I made this checklist to outsource my memory for what I need to do before I can actually submit a paper! The checklist is interactive: when you click a checkbox, the task will be marked as complete. Please feel free to save a copy and make it your own. (I research internet culture and how consumers use social media in their everyday lives.) Many items on this list were adapted from resources on Elsevier.com and Dr. Mirya Holman's (excellent) Pre-submission Checklist, which can be found on her Twitter page (@prof_mirya) or linked directly below. - Jenna
3
Mirya Holman's pre-submission checklist
4
5
PUBLICATION CHECKLIST
6
Here's what I need to do before I can actually submit this paper!
7
8
Paper: (usually a nickname; for example, "male beauty bloggers project")
9
Target Journal: (name of journal)
10
Realisitic Date of Submission: (you CANNOT write a full paper in one week)
11
Co-author(s): (these are gracious, smart people)
12
13
14
Writing
15
Introduction
16
Do I explain, in less than 2 pages, what my RQ is, what I find, and how I found it?
17
Do I *kindly* explain the gap that I am filling in the scholarship? (Not “no one has studied this” as the main reason)
18
If empirical: Do I clearly explain the coolness of my data or method?
19
Do I have at least one sentence that explains why anyone cares about my finding?
20
Do I provide a roadmap of what's to come in the manuscript? (first, we... second, we...)
21
Do I clearly state the purpose of the paper? (like, actually write, "The purpose of this study is....")
22
Does the introduction pack a punch - aka, would I even want to read my own article?
23
24
Theoretical Framework
25
Have I selected an appropriate theoretical framework for my research?Handy Theory/Positioning Resources:
26
Have I identified how the theory connects to my context/problem?Grant & Osanloo, 2014 - Creating Theoretical Frameworks
27
Do I use a logicial flow (conceptual map - see Grant and Osanloo, 2014)?MacInnis, 2011 - Conceptual Contributions in Marketing
28
Do I *gently* identify conflicts, controversies, and/or gaps in the literature?Davis, 1971 - That's Interesting!
29
Do I summarize the main points for the reader?Wicker, 1985 - Getting Out of our Conceptual Ruts
30
31
Data & Methods
32
Have I explained, kindly and patiently, why my data and method are cool and who else should be excited about my approach?Go-to Qualitative and Social Media Methods Books:
33
Would someone else be able to follow my footsteps if they wished to gather the data that I did or use the method that I did?Berg and Lune, 2012 - Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences
34
Do I explain my coding / data analysis process thoroughly? (not just catchphrases)Sloan and Haase, 2017 - The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods
35
Have I thoroughly anonymized the data to protect participants?Belk, Fischer, and Kozinets, 2014 - Qualitative Consumer and Marketing Research
36
Do I actually do what I say that I did? (check and see if you changed anything – from drafts to final version)
37
38
Findings
39
Are my findings drawn from my data analysis?
40
Are my findings substantiated by appropriate examples from the data (quotes, images, etc.)?
41
Do I go beyond description and provide rich theory-driven interpretation of the data?
42
Do my findings "make sense" -- do they fit together and answer my RQ?
43
Did I create a clear visual representation (e.g., table/figure) summarizing my findings?
44
Would media outlets and/or everyday people be interested in my findings?
45
46
Discussion
47
Do I revisit my purpose and RQs?
48
Do I compare and constrast with existing research in the field?
49
Do I clearly highlight theoretical contributions to the field?
50
Do I clearly highlighted my practical contributions to the field?
51
Do I give some direction for future scholarship (aka, would other people want to cite this work and build on it)?
52
53
Abstract
54
Does my abstract actually fit my paper?
55
Does my abstract signal which reviewer pool my paper would go to?
56
Is my abstract well written and straightforward?
57
Can a non-academic friend read my abstract and understand what my article is about?
58
59
Tables & Figures
60
Does the text clearly explain how to interpret each table or figure?
61
Does each table or figure have a note that fully explains [if necessary] a) the data, b) the method, c) how to read the table or figure, and d) what every symbol in the table/figure means?
62
Does each table or figure have a meaningful title?
63
Is each table or figure numbered correctly?
64
Does each table or figure have an in-text placholder?
65
66
Proofreading
67
Check that all titles match (it's probably changed 20 times by now)
68
Accept all track changes
69
Delete all tracked comments
70
Run spell check
71
Run grammar check
72
Check for consistency (e.g., am I using the same terms throughout?)
73
Remove errononous fluffer words meant to impress people (e.g., erroneous)
74
75
References
76
Check that all papers cited are included in references
77
Format reference list correctly for the specific journal
78
Format in-text citations correctly for the specific journal
79
Check page numbers
80
Check volume/issue numbers
81
Cite articles from the target journal
82
83
Formatting
84
Choose an appropriate journal for submission
85
Add page numbers
86
Format page numbers according to the journal guidelines
87
Format headings and subheadings
88
Format line spacing (double/single/1.5) according to journal guidelines
89
Title page w/ author contact info & correct title
90
Set up an EndNote library
91
Check citation style according to the journal guidelines
92
93
Cover Letter
94
Use correct addresses, titles, and names of editors
95
Write letter on lettterhead
96
Use the correct manuscript title in letter
97
Address main theoretical approach and context of the paper
98
Addresss novelty of the manuscript
99
Justify relevance of the manuscript for the particular journal
100
Proofread letter