Many authors consider publishing as an important milestone in their careers. For members of the academe, publishing one’s work in a reputable journal can provide a multitude of professional and personal benefits and advantages.
Researching and writing papers can entail a significant amount of work. However, there are plenty of good reasons why authors should keep writing and submitting papers to reputable journals and institutions.
In this article, we briefly examine some key reasons how publishing papers in journals can be helpful to authors and academics alike.
1.Enriching Industry Knowledge. The most important reason why academic journals exist is to continuously enrich industry knowledge and disseminate that to as many readers as possible. By collecting and publishing papers from authors around the world, journals are able to contribute to the collective knowledge and know-how of the industry it belongs to. These newly published papers may contain additional pertinent data or may cover a more comprehensive discussion of the topic it seeks to advance. These can become additional sources of information for those who are studying or writing about a similar topic. Although there are many available channels where knowledge and scientific advancements can be shared, publishing in journals remain one of the most effective and reliable means to impart as well as acquire knowledge.
2. Benefits of Peer Review. Before a manuscript is accepted for publication, it is essential that it passes the peer review process.
The peer review process is established to ensure the validity of the information that a manuscript presents. It also ensures that all manuscripts published by a journal maintains and meets high-quality standards. It is not uncommon for manuscripts to be rejected or be subjected to revisions should it fail to meet the criteria set by the editorial board. Authors seeking to publish can benefit from the peer review process in many ways. First, it offers a great opportunity to validate the study. A good peer review process will expose an author’s work to industry experts, hence subjecting it through disciplined and scientific scrutiny. The contributions of a manuscript or study that has passed peer review bears more weight and can be utilized as references for future studies. Second, authors can also benefit from the comments made by the experts conducting the review. These comments are usually very helpful, as the information gleaned can be used by the author to better substantiate his or her claims. Since most academic papers tackle advance topics, it can be challenging to gain access to much-needed comments and guidance that peer reviewers can provide.
3. Professional and Career Advantages. Publishing your work also has more immediate and straightforward benefits. For those in the academe, publishing your work can help you advance your rank and career. Universities usually incentivize continuous publication by promoting professors who successfully complete their research work and have it published in a reputable journal. Moreover, authors who consistently publish research work consequently benefit by advancing their knowledge in the field. Also, ground-breaking research work that make their way to world-renowned journals can help establish authors as field experts and thought leaders, thereby advancing their careers.
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