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Writing an Impactful Journal Article: Resources and Tips

Writing tips

If you are writing a dissertation or thesis and want to publish articles based on it...

See the library guide about Dissertation and thesis writing.

Writing a review article

As you write the literature review section of your dissertation or thesis, or if you are a seasoned researcher who wants to break into a new sub-discipline (or master the literature about some new emerging trend), consider writing a review article as a way to master the recent literature in a specific research area before doing further research in that area. For examples, search in Web of Science and other databases that let you limit by review articles. Also, for tips about writing review articles, do a google search on the topic of writing a review article. You may want to add to the search your own subject area. 

Given the massive amount of literature in any field, writing a review article provides an enduring contribution to your field and benefits other workers in it.

Using Word

Consider using Word headers to segment the sections of a document. You can tag headers and have them appear on the left of your Word document, thereby facilitating moving them around by clicking and dragging with the cursor. For a video demo, and for writing tips and a downloadable template for writing papers, see Writing Tips.

Writing a dissertation?

See the guide "Dissertation and Thesis Writing". As you write your dissertation, consider submitting chapers for publication as preprints and/or journal articles.

Publications about journal article publishing

There are many publications about writing scholarly journal articles. Tips on how to find them:

1. For books or ebooks about this topic, try a search for books in ASA, Lehigh's library catalog, available on the library homepage. Here is an example of a search. ( Search string: (AllFields : writing OR AllFields : publishing) AND (AllFields : scholarly OR AllFields : article)). Try tweaking the sort feature. The default is a sort by relevance, but you can also try sorting by most recently published. 

Given that the publishing landscape changes, you'll want to find more recent publications.

2. You can identify books not held by Lehigh by searching one of the two flavors of WorldCat, which don't entirely overlap. Scroll down here to see them. If Lehigh does not have a book, you can order it via interlibrary loan.