Japan

Workshop Session

(68) Publishing in Scholarly Journals on Japan

3/23/2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Hoover, Mezzanine Level

This workshop is a roundtable discussion on publishing in scholarly journals, particularly ones focused on Japan. The panelists consist of the editors of five important journals based variously in North America, the U.K., and Japan: Pacific Affairs, Journal of Japanese Studies, Japan Forum, Monumenta Nipponica, and Social Science Japan Journal. The goal is to outline and elucidate the pathway to publishing in these journals in the hope of demystifying the process for scholars, especially younger ones in the early stages of their career. In exploring different aspects of this process, the workshop will provide plenty of time for the audience to ask questions.

The session will consist of four segments addressing the following sample questions:

1. Introduction to the Five Journals
• What is the mission or focus of each journal, and what type of submissions does each consider?
• Is it all right to contact an editor for advice before submitting an article?
• How long does the submission and publication process take?
• What percentage of submissions actually reach publication?

2. Publishing Academic Articles
• What are the stages of review for submissions?
• How does the blind refereeing process work?
• What does a revise-and-resubmit response mean?
• What are the complications in trying to publish dissertation chapters both as individual articles and as chapters in a book?

3. Publishing Book Reviews
• How are books selected for review?
• How are book reviewers selected?
• Why are some books not reviewed?
• What happens when a reviewer finds a book seriously problematic or unworthy of review?

4. Special Concerns in Publishing
• What are the pros and cons of the blind referring process?
• How important is the “impact factor” of a journal?
• How can journals be more transparent in their operations?

As much as possible, this workshop seeks to create an open forum on all aspects of scholarly publishing for potential contributors.

James C. Dobbins

Oberlin College, Ohio

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James C. Dobbins

Oberlin College, Ohio

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    Janet Hunter

    London School of Economics and Political Science, England, United Kingdom

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      Hyung-Gu Lynn

      University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada

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        Gregory Noble

        University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

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          Bettina Gramlich-Oka

          Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

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            Christopher Gerteis

            SOAS University of London, England, United Kingdom

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