Transitioning a Paper from a Specialty Group Postprint to JAIC
By Robin Hanson, JAIC Associate Editor for Textiles
Publishing in a peer reviewed publication can be hard work, but also very rewarding. As JAIC associate editor for textiles, I’ll use the TSG postprints as my guide.
You’ve undertaken interesting research or completed a compelling treatment project. Because you have already done the work to prepare a specialty group postprint paper for publication, much of your basic work is complete. I’d suggest using a treatment or research paper in JAIC or Studies in Conservation that you found to be compelling as a guide to structure your paper. Make sure your introduction fully describes why you’ve done what you’ve done and how you got to the starting point of your project. Then outline, in detail, exactly what you did, how you did it, glitches along the way, and successes or failures. Craft your paper from the standpoint of someone who knows nothing about what you’ve done or why. Have you included everything that person needs to know to be able to replicate your project? If not, fill in those details.
Your conclusion might talk about next steps, further research that should be undertaken on this subject, how you’d do things differently, or what you’d tweak if you began this project today. Get a friend or colleague to read your paper. Someone with no knowledge of your work may serve as a good barometer. If they understand it all and have no questions, then you are probably ready to submit. If that person has questions or does not understand aspects of your paper, then augment or clarify those sections.
Make sure you credit those who came before and whose work you built on for your project. This can be done both in the acknowledgements section by calling out specific names, and in the body of your paper by citing the work of others in your text and including that citation in your references section. Even unpublished work should be included. Very few of us are actually reinventing the wheel, so credit those who have helped, influenced, or guided.
- TSG postprints have a word and illustration count limit; however, those same limits need not be considered for JAIC. If compelling, even a very long paper would be considered for JAIC; it might simply be split into two parts as was the case with Susanne Gänsicke et al.’s 2003 article, Vol. 42(2) on the Egyptian collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others.
I have heard from many authors that constructive comments from peer reviewers strengthened their submissions immeasurably. As an associate editor I work hard to choose appropriate peer reviewers who will, through their comments, raise unanswered questions, suggest reorganization of material to clarify, or offer additions that ultimately strengthen a paper.
The JAIC submission process is online, accomplished through our publisher, Taylor & Francis (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yjac20). If you click on the green button in the upper left “submit an article,” you will automatically be directed to the online submission process and Editorial Manager. You need to register, and the website walks you through how to submit your work. Do not worry about which category—original research paper, short communication, or technical note—your paper falls into. You will not have a paper rejected simply because you picked the wrong category. For specifics on style guide, visit AIC’s webpage: www.culturalheritage.org/resources/our-publications/journal-(jaic)/style-guide. For details on how to format your paper, here’s a link to those specifics on Taylor & Francis’ website: www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=yjac20&page=instructions.
All of us associate editors are willing to answer questions or help you get a paper JAIC-ready, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
—Published in AIC News, Vol. 43.4, July 2018, p. 15-16