An Editor’s View From Journal Article Submission to Publication

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Micki M. Caskey, Professor, Portland State University

Micki CaskeyPublishing peer-reviewed journal articles is often considered the gold standard in academia. Yet, what really happens when you submit your article to an academic journal? In this session, Micki Caskey, Former Editor of Research in Middle Level Education Online, an international peer-reviewed research journal, demystifies the journey your article takes during the publication process--from the moment you click on “submit” to the journal’s publication decision. What will improve the likelihood of an “accept” decision? What can you do to avoid the “reject” decision? How do authors celebrate a “revise and resubmit” decision? Micki shares what journal editors want authors to know and do before submitting a journal article that will lead to a successful publication.

Micki M. Caskey is a Professor at Portland State University whose areas of specialization include doctoral student writing and research. Micki is co-editor of two book series: The Handbook of Research in Middle Level Education and The Handbook of Resources in Middle Level Education. She is also former editor of Research in Middle Level Education Online—an international peer-reviewed research journal. Micki is author or editor of more than 75 publications and 100 conference presentations.

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Text-Structure Analysis (TSA) Example

This example of a Text-Structure Analysis (TSA) for three journal articles from College Teaching was contributed by Dannelle Stevens, Professor Emerita at Portland State University, and the co-author of fIve books, including Write more, publish more, stress less! For the last five years she has been the Portland State Faculty-in-Residence for Academic Writing where she initiated the highly successful Jumpstart Faculty Writing Program. The purpose of the template is to illuminate text structures, formats, patterns and detailed expectations of this particular journal by analyzing several recent journal articles or published books. A text-structure analysis focuses your attention on the text structures and patterns used across three recently published works.


They Say, I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein)
Graff, G., & Birkenstein, C. (2010). They say/I say: The moves that matter in academic writing  (2nd ed.). New York, NY: W. W. Norton.

Write More, Publish More, Stress Less! Five Key Principles for a Creative and Sustainable Scholarly Practice (Dannelle Stevens)
Stevens, D. D. (2019). Write more, publish more, stress less!  Five key principles for a creative and sustainable scholarly practice. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success (Wendy Laura Belcher)
Belcher, W. (2009). Writing your journal article in 12 weeks: A guide to academic publishing success. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Writing Without Teachers (Peter Elbow)
Elbow, P. (1973). Writing without teachers. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (Anne Lamott)
Lamott, A. (1995). Bird by bird: Some instructions on writing and life. New York, NY: Anchor Books.

How to Write A Lot: A Powerful Guide to Productive Academic Writing (Paul Silvia)
Silvia, P. J. (2007). How to write a lot: A practical guide to productive academic writing.Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Online Resources

Academic Phrasebank, The University of Manchester.

Productive Writer. [Free and open listserv from Cornell University]

The ivory workshop: Where the messy bits of scholarship live.

Writers digest.


Algase, D. L. (2014). Revise and resubmit: Now what? Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 28(3), 195–198.

Caskey, M. M., & Stevens, D. D. (2019). Handling a revise and resubmit decision on your manuscript. In D. D. Stevens (Ed.), Write more, publish more, stress less!  Five key principles for a creative and sustainable scholarly practice. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Ireland, R. D. (2008). Revisiting AMJ’S Revise-and-Resubmit Process. Academy of Management Journal, 51(6), 1049–1050.