Back in 2009 Professor Anthony Hopwood wrote an article for ICAEW on management accounting systems, based on his research. I had the job of editing the piece for publication. It was no surprise the substance of the piece was excellent but I did have some concerns about the way it was written and whether it would connect with practitioners. I made some changes but was nervous about sending these back to such a distinguished scholar. My covering email was suitable humble!
I needn’t have worried. Anthony was very complimentary about my work and, I think tongue in cheek, suggested I could help edit a book he was writing. This did wonders for my confidence in working with academics on articles and reports designed for practitioners. I have also had a little experience of writing for an academic audience in journals and books.
Some of the things I have learned:
Please comment below to provide your ideas.
As someone making the transition from practice to academia I would recommend the following to those seeking to publish in an academic journal
- target a specific journal and ensure you know the types and structure of articles it publishes
- linking up with a more experienced co-writer if possible
- seeking a mentor who can help you through the writing process
- taking the opportunity to review for journals as the exposure to a wide range of articles helps you to identify good and bad writing
- attend conferences and watch others present their work and take the opportunity to present your own
Finally always to take criticism in a constructive manner. It is part of the academic world.