Workshop Reveals Secrets to
Success in Scientiﬁc Publishing
publishing world at some point during their careers—
whether they are looking to publish their work in a respected
journal or helping to maintain a standard of excellence by
reviewing papers or editing journals. For many, however, the
processes of how WRZULWHDVROLGSDSHU¿QGDQDSSURSULDWH
publisher, or join an editorial team are unclear.
To provide guidance in navigating this sometimes
mysterious aspect of a science and engineering career, TMS
held the 6FLHQWL¿F3XEOLVKLQJ:RUNVKRS([FHOOLQJDV
DQ$XWKRU5HYLHZHURU(GLWRUon Wednesday afternoon,
March 14, at the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition
(TMS2018) in Phoenix, Arizona. During this special
session—open to all meeting attendees—experienced
authors, reviewers, and editors shared tips and techniques
for understanding and successfully navigating the world of
The session opened with a presentation by 0LFKHOH
0DQXHOUniversity of Florida, who is chair of the TMS
Content Development and Dissemination Committee and
is a principal editor for the Journal of Materials Research.
Manuel discussed the initial step of the publishing process:
developing a publication-worthy paper.
“Writing a journal article is an emotional, heart-breaking
writing about your research.
She offered a number of suggestions for authors on
developing publishable content (several of which are
included in the “Tips from the Experts” sidebar) and directed
attendees to the website of TMS’s publishing partner,
Springer, for additional writing strategies for approaching
your work. To access these resources, search www.springer.
com for “Information for Journal Article Authors.”
Next, 6XYHHQ0DWKDXGKX University of California,
Riverside, who is an editor for Materials Research Letters,
discussed choosing the best publication for your work and
how to address editors during the submission process.
“There is absolutely nothing that any of you write that
cannot be published. Somewhere,” said Mathaudhu. “The
most important thing is choosing where to publish.”
He suggested choosing a journal that will be read by the
will be read, cited, and valued. “Fight the urge to publish
The next speaker, (ULF7DOHII University of Texas,
Austin, turned the conversation to a different perspective,
from how to write and publish papers to how to serve as
an effective reviewer. He began by citing several reasons
to become a journal reviewer, including the opportunity
He described the role of a reviewer as someone who is
able to provide an unbiased, expert review on a piece of
topic and to decline the opportunity to review if it is not.
TMS2018 Scientiﬁc Publishing Workshop speakers and
panelists included, from left: Nathan Mara, University of
Minnesota; Michele Manuel, University of Florida; Eric Taleff,
University of Texas; Tresa Pollock, University of California,
Santa Barbara; Nik Chawla, Arizona State University; and
Judy Schneider, The University of Alabama in Huntsville.
TMS publishes six technical journals that encompass a wide range of disciplines within the minerals, metals, and materials
community. To learn more about publication and leadership opportunities with TMS journals, visit www.tms.org/Journals.
JOM, Vol. 70, No. 7, 2018
2018 The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society