14 PRS Proofreading and Editing Service PhD Experts • All Academic Areas • Fast Turnaround • High Quality PARt I: wHAt to PUBlIsH And wHeRe to PUBlIsH It literary papers to literary journals and geological papers to geological journals, but there should be far more to the decision than that. One literary journal, for example, may consider a wide range of world literature, encompassing fiction and nonfiction, prose and poetry in a variety of languages, while another will focus very closely on one genre in one language from a single period (Middle English poetry, for instance), and still another might only publish work on a particular author (William Shakespeare comes to mind as an author with more than one dedicated journal). Some journals pride themselves on being extremely traditional, while others consider themselves unorthodox and avant-garde in terms of what they publish, and some limit their articles to particular themes or approaches, so while one might welcome a close textual analysis of an English meditation on suicide, another is looking for a theoretical study of French love poetry from a feminist or deconstructionist perspective. Sending a paper on one of these topics to a journal editor who would be pleased to publish the other will never lead to publishing success. The key, then, to choosing the right journal is to learn as much as possible about the range and specialisation of the journals under consideration. Check the ‘About us’ pages on their web sites to find out what their goals and mission statements are; scan archived issues to detect prevalent themes and topic areas; read papers they’ve already published, especially any articles that sound as though they deal with the same topic as yours or use similar methodology. Use the sources that serve as the inspiration for your own work as a guide: if a number of them are published in the same journal, that’s an excellent journal to explore. If your academic supervisor is helping you with critical advice on your paper, use a discussion of his or her feedback as an opportunity to ask which journal he or she thinks might be a good fit for your work. If you have colleagues publishing work much like your own, find out where