The pressure for academics to publish their research is more acute than ever. With the job market being so competitive at the moment, it is vital that scholars begin to build up their publications as soon as they have completed their postgraduate work, if not before. The publishing industry is increasingly an international one and it is vital to think globally if you are to have success in the publications marketplace.
1. How to find opportunities for publishing overseas
As with any research task, finding out about the companies based overseas who might want to publish books or articles in your field is best done via word of mouth and the internet. Talk to your PhD supervisor or mentor. He or she should be able to advise you on the best publishers in your field. Once you have been given some names of potential publishers, research the company online. You will find that overseas publishers are willing to accept submissions from anywhere in the world.
2. Publishing a book or a journal article overseas
You might find that the publisher who most closely fits your field is based abroad, or because your topic of interest has particular relevance in another country you might want to look to publishers based there. After having researched the company or journal online, you will be able to find out the details of how to submit your manuscript. There will be details of contacts who can assist you with any queries you have about this. The key question you must ask yourself is whether your work is appropriate for their journal or book series. Most publishers and journals are international in scope anyway and just because they are based outside your country this doesn’t mean there will be problems accessing their output anywhere in the world.
3. Online publishing
Online publishing is a good opportunity, especially for more scholars who have not developed a significant research profile yet. While online publication is still less respected than publication in a paper journal it is increasingly recognised as being significant in academia. Online publishing provides a truly international forum with no barriers as to who will see your work, so this is another reason why it is important to consider this option in the early days of your career.
4. How this will help your profile
Getting published internationally can help you to raise your profile. It means that interested scholars around the world can access your work and you will gain a wider audience for it. But it also means that you can consider yourself a scholar with an international reputation: a key factor for the government’s assessment exercises such as the REF.
5. Pitfalls of overseas publishing
One of the main problems is the cost. If you have to post paper copies of a heavy manuscript to a publisher overseas this will cost you a lot of money. Also, you might want to pay extra to have the manuscript recorded delivery or even express postage.
Because of the length of time post can take to reach other countries it can mean a delay on the already lengthy process of hearing feedback on your submission. Make sure you factor in the extra time required.