The Savvy Academic: Publishing in the Social and Health Sciences

ISBN : 9780190095918

Seth J. Schwartz
552 ページ
156 x 235 mm

This approachable guide meets health and social sciences scholars at their level-either as a reference text or as an enchanting but practical read-and walks them through each stage of their academic publishing journey. Drawing on a wealth of examples from his own experience mentoring others and publishing 300+ articles, Dr. Schwartz engages early, mid-, and senior-level professionals as well as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows alike, to demystify each stage of the writing and publishing process. Employing a reader-friendly, accessible voice, Dr. Schwartz's style captivates readers across disciplines, with a refreshing, can-do perspective. Before diving in, the author relates his own personal story in scholarly publishing, inviting all academics to unlock the high-impact writer within. The next set of chapters tackle the nuts and bolts of the academic publishing process, with basics such as topic selection, data analysis for publication, writing preparation, drafting and editing manuscripts, and journals submissions. The book advances into more innovative topics that can be simultaneously intimidating and rewarding, including recruiting and collaborating with coauthors, developing a network, navigating the peer review process, publishing nonempirical papers, getting creative with rejected manuscripts, foraying into Open Access and fee-based publishing, and even how to publish a book or book chapter. Designed as a digital mentor, The Savvy Academic is the ultimate tool for students, fellows, and scholarly professionals of a broad range of experiences in the health and social sciences who are looking to launch or elevate their scholarly publication career.


Chapter 1: Getting Started and Selecting a Topic
Chapter 2: Designing a Publishable Study
Chapter 3: Key Principles in Ethical Data Analysis and Handling Conflicts of Interest
Chapter 4: Developing an Outline
Chapter 5: Getting Ready to Write
Chapter 6: Principles of Good Writing
Chapter 7: Plagiarism, Citations, and Paraphrasing
Chapter 8: Writing a First Draft
Chapter 9: Editing, Filling in Gaps, and Cutting
Chapter 10: Selecting a Target Journal
Chapter 11: Thinking Like a Reviewer
Chapter 12: The Journal Review Process: Decision Letters, Reviewer Comments,
and Author Responses
Chapter 13: What to Do with Rejected Manuscripts
Chapter 14: Working with Coauthors
Chapter 15: Working with Public-Use and Proprietary Datasets
Chapter 16: Publishing Non-Empirical Papers
Chapter 17: Open Access and Pay-to-Publish Journals
Chapter 18: Books and Book Chapters
Chapter 19: Conclusion


Seth J. Schwartz is a Professor of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include identity, acculturation, cultural stress, crisis migration, family relationships, substance use, wellbeing, and mental health among adolescents and emerging adults and their families. Dr. Schwartz has 344 scholarly publications, including more than 100 where a student, postdoctoral fellow, or early career scholar is the lead author. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Intercultural Relations and has reviewed hundreds of manuscripts in his career. Dr. Schwartz is a native New Yorker and has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 21 years. They have two teenage daughters.