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About Guides to Getting Published (GGP)


Guides to Getting Published are based on our experience of working with the editors of more than 300 journals and provide insight to help new or potential authors give their papers the best possible chance of acceptance and publication. Given by the Emerald team, editors and other representatives, they can feature presentations, question and answer sessions and, time and presenter permitting, individual clinic sessions. As part of our commitment to actively supporting our authors – existing and future – the Guides are aimed at helping authors progress successfully through the various stages from pre-submission of the manuscript, to revision and, finally, publication. There is no cost to your institution for hosting a Guide to Getting Published session.

How the guides developed

The current format has evolved over several years, based initially on large-scale research projects undertaken in 1994-1996 and subsequently published in a number of formats (Day, 1996; Day and Peters, 1994; Whitfield and Peters, 2000). The very early presentations were offered as part of Consortia deals to groups of university libraries. Emerald directors travelled to South Africa, Mexico and the USA as consortia selling became an increasingly important side of the business. And when the UNAM consortium in Mexico insisted another Guide be included when they renewed their subscription, it became apparent exactly how useful institutions were finding the guides. The GGP programme has subsequently been expanded so that the Emerald team and editors could give presentations and you can choose a format to suit you.

Why are the Guides important?

  • They encourage novice researchers to publish and assist university research co-ordinators in this respect
  • They allow us to discuss emerging issues in publishing and research with more experienced groups
  • They can be run as pre-event workshops at conferences worldwide
  • They support efforts to bridge the gap between the practical and academic worlds and inform prospective authors from commercial and public sector organizations how to get published, often introducing them to the whole publishing process.

Ultimately, the aim is to inspire attendees to believe they could now write a paper based on their research and practice.


Day, A. (1996), How to Get Research Published in Journals, Gower, Aldershot.

Day, A. and Peters, J. (1994), "Quality indicators in academic publishing", Library Review, Vol. 43 No. 7.

Tenopir , C. et al (2010), "Research Publication Characteristics and Their Relative Values: A Report for the Publishing
Research Consortium

Whitfield, R. and Peters, J. (2000), "Quality in scholarly publishing", Managing Service Quality, Vol. 11 No. 3.