Researching your favorite historical topic or time period can be exhilarating and revealing. Not only do you expand your knowledge, but you'll learn things you never expected either! Wouldn't you like to share such a discovery with everyone else? Historians, archivists, genealogists, researchers, and other kinds of writers and authors take the next step: publication.
Publishing your research can be a long and arduous process, but there are some basic guidelines you can follow that will make everything progress much more smoothly. Here's what you can do!
1. Know your research area and about which publication is right for your research. There are dozens of history, sociology, anthropology publications and each of those can have a specific focus: Southern history, colonial economics, gender history, religious history, etc. While researching, investigate what publications you think would be appropriate for your paper.
2. Browse through related articles to see what other researchers have written. This can give you an idea about what types of research that group publishes.
3. Always check if the journal has certain guidelines or requirements for submitting research. This is a very important point to keep in mind. Just as there are different citation methods (APA, MLA, Turabian), publications want their articles in a specific format. If you apply this to your research from the beginning, this will cut down on time spent editing and re-formatting immensely.
4. Ask a colleague to peer-review and spell check your paper. It's good to have a fresh set of eyes looking over your paper and get a new perspective. They can point out grammar errors, misspellings, and see if there's anything confusing.
5. Review the work yourself and check again before submitting.
6. Work with the editors over what you intended and what might be lost in translation. Sometimes what you mean may not be conveyed clearly to the editor.
7. Be patient. The editing process can take time and some revisions are necessary before delivering a final product. Be sure to remind editors if you haven't heard back after an extended period.
Finally, read your final, polished article in the journal and celebrate that you're now a published writer!