haltheincandescent Posted November 8, 2015 Share Posted November 8, 2015 (edited) Hi all, After submitting my BA thesis at the end of last year, my advisor, in his feedback, said that if I was able to edit it down from 50 to 30 pages, he thought it would be publishable material. Now, after working on paring it down for writing samples, I have a short version that I'm pretty happy with. Or, at least I'm happy with it for a writing sample. I'm back to thinking about perhaps trying at least to submit it to a journal, but I'm worried that maybe my advisor was just trying to be nice, and that it really isn't quite up to the level of work that a person already with or well on their way to a PhD (rather than just my BA, so far) would be able to produce. It engages heavily with relevant theoretical/critical work in my field, but at the end of the day, I'm pretty convinced it'll be obviously the work of an undergrad (not that I'm worried about that, per se--I wrote it as an undergrad, and it was good for that level of study). I'm just worried that, for a journal read, edited, and produced by "real" academics, it'll be an auto-reject. So my question is: is it worth it to still try to submit? (I mean, maybe my advisor was being 100% honest, and maybe I'm just selling myself short [I've been known to do that...], so maybe it'll at least get me reviewer's comments for revision suggestions? Or at the very least, it'll be an experience?) Will editors be generally annoyed with what might be an obvious undergrad submission? Any potential at all that it will hurt later attempts--once I actually have PhD level work to submit--to try to get something published with that journal? (Also, I just opened the online submission form just out of curiosity, and it asks for degree & position/Institution. Will even having BA/"Independent Scholar" on there be a red-flag for editors?) Thanks! Edited November 8, 2015 by haltheincandescent a bit of added info Not_It_At_All 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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