How to Publish in Graduate School


Publications are the currency of the sciences and one of the best ways to increase your marketability for jobs and graduate assistantships. Previous research has shown that the best predictor of career success in biological sciences is the number of publications a person produces before they finish graduate school (see Bioscience article). Thus, publishing while you’re a student may be one of the best investments of your time and energy to better your career. Publishing is also the best way to contribute to the advancement of your field. Getting your research published is challenging and takes more than just novel research and a great idea. From writing to submitting your manuscript, the publishing process can seem somewhat daunting at first, especially when considering other student academic obligations such as teaching and assistantship assignments, studying for comprehensive exams, writing proposals, and other university requirements. In this document, we provide a quick primer to publishing in graduate school that will smooth the process for young students. We include strategies, insights, and example documents for the steps leading to an accepted publication. This primer covers, not information related to not only writing manuscript sections, but also how to select journals, write cover letters, and respond to reviewers.

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Authors: Ross Boucek, PhD Candidate, Florida International University
- 10 published papers in Fisheries and Ecology journals
Shannon White, PhD Student, Pennsylvania State University
- 6 published papers in Fisheries and Ecology journals
Kyle Wilson, PhD Student, University of Calgary
- 4 published papers in Fisheries and Ecology journals