How To Get Published

Welcome!  You've found the companion site to Julia Ballard and Chris Elliot's "How to Get Published" talk at Don't Forget the Bubbles 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

We only had 15 minutes to share our stories and ideas so we made this page for you to follow-up on the details behind our words.  

September 2018 Update:  we've added links to resources on "how to be a peer reviewer", as requested by the audience during our talk.


If you're just here for the summary, our key messages were:

1. Getting published is hard... but you have more control than you might think.

2. It's not a battleground: Authors, Editors and Publishers are all on the same team.

3. Understand the ecosystem: Authors bring quality research, Editors ensure credibility, Publishers disseminate widely.

4. Research articles are like stories.  Tell great stories.

5. Peer Review is a conversation.

6. Rejection is the price of admission.

7. Publishers add value.  It's true!

8. It's not enough to just be published.  Share your research - it is easier than you'd think.

If you want to catch up or share your own ideas please reach out!  We're both on Twitter: Julia | Chris 

Scroll Down for our Key Messages, and our presentation slides:


HTGP 1: You're in Control
HTGP 3: Ecosystem
HTGP 4: Tell Great Stories
HTGP 6: Peer Review is a Conversation
HTGP: Rejection is the Price of Admission
HTGP: Publishers Add Value
HTGP: Share!

Resources We Mention 

How To Choose a Journal

Don't be sucked in by a predatory publisher.  Visit for reliable, credible, trusted journals.

Rejection is the Price of Admission

Associate Professor Nick Hopwood from University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has been published widely.  He's also been rejected in almost every way possible, and he kindly shares these on his "Wall of Rejection".

Nick Hopwood's Wall of Rejection

Publishers Add Value - It's True!

102 Things Publisher's Do

How to Peer Review

Share Your Research!
Did you know that your research remains yours at all times - and that you can share the full text of your research with ANYONE?  The only limit (some caveats depending on your publisher) is on the final published version, which contains peer-review edits, typesetting and other added-value that the publisher and journal reserve the rights to.  Check with your publisher - but these are pretty standard for the major publishers:

Share Your Article!