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Strategies for Publishing Your Work in a Scholarly Journal


Most college faculty are expected to publish articles in refereed journals. This course is designed to give you the confidence to submit a manuscript to be considered for publication. You will be provided with knowledge, essential tools, and best practices to give you the skills needed to submit a polished manuscript. We will also discuss how to select the best journal for publication consideration, the preparation of a manuscript, and potential outcomes after submission.

What You Will Learn

Upon successful completion of this micro-course, you will be able to:

  • Select a journal to submit your manuscript.
  • Know the preliminary steps in the preparation of a manuscript.
  • Analyze key parts of your manuscript.
  • Recognize the best practices for submitting your manuscript.
  • Understand the journal manuscript selection process.
  • Examine accepted/rejected manuscript options.
  • Feel comfortable submitting a manuscript to a scholarly refereed journal


  • Must be 18 or older

Faculty Bio

Dr. Alan Seidman

Dr. Alan Seidman

Dr. Alan Seidman is founding editor of the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, a scholarly, refereed SAGE publication. Now in its 23rd year of publication, it has been the only journal devoted exclusively to college student retention issues. Dr. Seidman is professor emeritus at Walden University and executive director of the Center for the Study of College Student Retention (www.cscsr.org). The center provides retention resources to individuals and educational institutions. He is the recipient of the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service and the Walden University Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership Extraordinary Faculty award.


  • Why Publish in a Refereed Journal?
    Explore the advantages of being a published scholar, including potential for tenure or promotion as well as making contributions to the profession.
  • Identifying Appropriate Journals
    Review how to select journals most likely to accept your manuscript for review.
  • Getting Ready to Write
    Learn how to be confident in the writing process, especially if you need to publish a specific number of articles per year in refereed journals.
  • Parts of a Manuscript
    Review and understand each part of a manuscript for publication consideration.
  • Submitting Your Manuscript
    Understand the best practices for submitting a manuscript to a refereed journal. We will also review what the editor will likely do when they receive the manuscript.
  • After Review
    Explore next steps if your manuscript is accepted or rejected for publication.