What to Consider Before Publishing Your PhD Research: a guide to publication for non-native English speakers.

It is a generally accepted notion that publishing your research work is key to your future endeavors in the academic world. While for some it is a fruit of their hard work finally being able to contribute to the world and be known for doing so and for some it may be a personal goal but publishing has become more of a norm in the recent past. As a researcher heading towards the culmination of your work, this is the right time to think about publishing. There are many things to consider that this blog will outline.

Why is it important to publish?

By publishing your PhD research, you demonstrate the value of your work to others. Publishing also demonstrates that you have the expertise and determination to complete the PhD. This can help attract funding and build a reputation as an expert in your field.

As a researcher, it is important to be transparent about what you’re doing and why. By publishing your results, you can share your insights with other researchers and the public. This can lead to new insights and discoveries, which can have significant impacts on society.

Publishing is also an important part of maintaining your credibility as a researcher. This means not only sharing information with other researchers, but also ensuring that the quality of your work is maintained.

Finally, publishing shows that you are committed to advancing knowledge in your field. Doing so can help you to gain recognition as an expert in your field and help you to continue contributing to research as an established scholar.

Make Sure It Is Ready for Publication

If you’re not a native English speaker, you have to take extra steps to ensure that your research is clear and comprehensible. This means including plenty of context in your writing, along with examples and explanations. Even if you’re a native English speaker, there are certain things you can do to improve the readability of your writing. Additionally, be sure to proofread your work by checking for spelling and grammatical errors. Lastly, it can be helpful to hire a translator or a native English speaker to help with the final stages of your research project.


  • Deciding Which Journal to Publish In


Choosing the right journal for your research project can be a challenge. There are many factors to consider when picking a venue for your work. Before you commit to publishing in any journal, make sure that the journal is reputable and is likely to accept submissions from researchers at your institution. Reviews of recent issues of the Journal of Student Research or other relevant publications can be helpful in assessing the quality of the journal. You may also want to consult with your supervisor, who can help you decide which journals are likely to be appropriate for your research topic and field. Once you have identified potential venues, it’s important to read their guidelines and requirements carefully before submitting your work.

To narrow down your options, consider these questions: 

  • What kind of audience will my work be appealing to?
  • What types of topics does the journal cover?
  • What type of format does the journal prefer: full-length articles or brief summaries?

Common Hindrances Along the Way

  • A lack of time in your ambition to publish your research is an issue many students face. The lack of mandated requirement regarding publishing the research adds to the procrastinating tendencies in this pursuit which can be countered with a proper schedule followed for getting your publication efforts on track.
  • Publication platforms vary vastly according to the format of publication you are seeking, as a journal article, book, research findings etc. This requires you to plan ahead as each format of publication and its particular publication authority will require specific and customized formatting and other preferences that the researcher has to ensure. 
  • Funding is an issue that affects the masters students much more but nonetheless it could derail all efforts. A best strategy is to fix the factors that you can control and chalk out a rough cost based on which you can further apply for research grants and other scholarships from your university.  

Hiring a Professional Editing Service 

When you are publishing your research, it is important to get it edited. There are many benefits to having your work edited, including making it clearer, improving readability and ensuring that the information is accurate and trustworthy. We at Geoff and Francis chart out the entire process of publication including editing your manuscript for publication.

One of the biggest benefits of getting your work edited is that you will have a better chance of being picked up by a publisher. A work that is edited by professionals with expertise in your domain also adds to the quality of your work and this can be especially important if you are looking for funding or recognition from an organization. If you want to publish a book but don’t know where to start, an editor can help make your writing more readable and professional-looking. A good editor will also be able to point out things that might be unclear or missing, which means they can assist with nuances that might add to the overall quality of your work before publication. 

Cost of Publishing

The cost of publishing an article varies widely depending on the type of publication, the type of content, the length of the article, and other factors. The cost can range from free to hundreds of dollars depending on the publisher, the type of content, and other factors. Most of the time, publishing a research costs money. Even though it can be expensive and time consuming to publish a research, having your work recognized by peer review and in open access journals helps build your credibility as an academic.

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