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  1. One quick way to choose is to see what journal you’re paper has cited most frequently - doesn’t always work but sometimes helps narrow the list down
  2. There’s also no guarantee that publications will guarantee success, unfortunately. It’s not all about hard work, but also about what school you went to, who your advisor knows, and how your research fits the department
  3. Seems like a lot more of a focus on who you are (like the longer personal statement and questionnaire) than on what your research is about (or past research evidence)
  4. uOttawa shared some wonderful news with me today! Best of luck to those still waiting.
  5. For people in the past (or from this cycle perhaps) who heard news pre-SSHRC letter from your grad studies office, did you contact the office directly or did they initiate contact with you?
  6. Did anyone here apply for the 3M National Student Fellowship? The STLHE announced that we’ll hear back by April 15!
  7. Also, any news on the “end of March” vs “end of April”?? I would love to think we’re only a couple weeks away from results now!
  8. When I edit a hard copy, I type the edits in reverse page order. Almost makes the document feel “New” because you’re looking at it in a different order, and you’ll catch stuff you didn’t see in your first read-through.
  9. While this might seem obvious, it’s important to remember that the thesis is also much longer than a journal article. First step to writing the latter is to plan honestly - what will actually fit in 10000 words? Then work backwards to fit your necessary development from the body of your thesis.
  10. At least in my field, coursework that aligns with a thesis is a welcome addition to an early thesis/dissertation draft. It helps get those first (and hardest) hundred words down on paper! (sidebar: I know at many non-thesis SocSci MA programs, extended research papers usually begin as a term paper)
  11. 85% acceptance rate! Sign me up! Depending on the Journal, tier-1 pubs reject 80-90+% in mine.
  12. Also depends on the submissions process: if you submit a 200 word abstract and a 100 word bio, you can bet that details in the bio (program prestige, prior publications, experience) will factor into the decision.
  13. A couple general pieces of advice: - even if you are "blacklisted for life" by one journal, it's only one journal and many many many journals include book review sections - book review editor positions are not glamorous and thus change frequently - yes, the name-calling was inappropriate, but this will occasionally happen (along with all other bad habits of "Reviewer #2") - the only time that you can send out the same written work to multiple outlets is when you are submitting book proposals to Presses - if the editor was upset, this may have been because they were considering your piece for publication, and that's good!
  14. Here are some other databases for humanities/soc sci (mostly US, some worldwide): https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/category/all https://philevents.org/conferences
  15. It isn't an official criterion and I've published articles that cite the journal and others where I didn't cite the journal. But citing the journal can help you get past the desk reject, because the editor sees that you fit into the scholarly discussions that are happening in the pages of that journal. There's also a pragmatic point where the journal editor could very well send a new submission to the most recent author to publish in the journal on that topic. If that reviewer sees that you cited their work, they have a vested interest in your work getting published because that's a citation for them.
  16. Refereed journal articles are the most important publications of that length. Book chapter is better than nothing, but it is "worth" less and can take longer to be published. And from the editing side, Karen Kelsey has a good blog post discussing edited collections here: http://theprofessorisin.com/2012/07/24/should-i-do-an-edited-collection/
  17. Anyone having trouble getting on to the Trudeau portal?
  18. I would recommend not applying to every single top 20 school unless there's a valid reason for you to go there (prestige or research match). Also, if you're interested in security aspects of ethnic conflict, have you considered comparative? You might find a more specific fit for supervision, although you lose alt-ac credibility.
  19. A reject is a reject. Even some R&Rs are rejects. But all of them allow you the chance to tweak something to improve your paper. At the very least, you should cite something from the journal you're submitting to - if you can't, your paper doesn't fit. That means you'll be changing your paper at least a little bit every submission.
  20. Most published articles are presented in some form or another before they end up printed. If you present a draft of the paper, it is customary to include a footnote thanking your audience in the final version of your article. It's also totally acceptable to present a published paper at a conference. Because so much is published online these days, your conference audience may end up larger than the audience for your published article. What IS unethical, however, is passing off an article under review as being "accepted" by a journal. It is not accepted because it is under review, as the vast majority of reviewed articles are rejected by journals. Also, if your paper is under review at a student journal, be honest about that - getting caught passing off a student journal as a regular journal is bad.
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