Writing and Publishing

These resources cover topics such as writing the dissertation, journal articles, books, and grants, the publishing process, and how to write a lot.

All writers know that on some golden mornings they are touched by the wand--are on intimate terms with poetry and cosmic truth. I have experienced those moments myself. Their lesson is simple: It's a total illusion. I am persuaded that most writers, like most shoemakers, are about as good one day as the next. The meaning is that one had better go to his or her typewriter every morning and stay there.
John Kenneth Galbraith

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Hersen, M. (1982). How to publish a book. The Behavior Therapist, 5, 59-61.

Spiegler, M. D. (2011, December). Writing a psychology textbook: Is it for you? APS Observer, 24, 43-46.


Bolker, J. (1998). Writing your dissertation in fifteen minutes a day: A guide to starting, revising, and finishing your doctoral thesis. New York, NY: Holt Paperbacks.

Bryant, M. T. (2004). The portable dissertation advisor. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Cone, J. D., & Foster, S. L. (2006). Dissertations and theses from start to finish (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Perlmutter, D. D. (2015, April 20). The completion agenda, part 1. The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Single, P. B. (2009). Demystifying dissertation writing: A streamlined process from choice of topic to final text. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

Zerubavel, E. (1999, October 15). How to finish your dissertation. The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Brooks, G.P. (1984). Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council: The adjucation of research grant applications. Canadian Psychology, 25, 122-127 - BAD.

Cohn, J. (2014). Pushing Past Writing Blocks. GradHacker - BAD.

Gillett, R. (1987). Serious anomalies in the UGC comparative evaluation of the research performance of psychology departments. Bulletin of the British Psychological Society, 40, 42-49.

Schimel, J. (2011). Writing science: How to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded. New York: Oxford University Press.

Journal Articles

Ambert, A. M., Adler, P. A., Adler, P., & Detzner, D. (1995). Understanding and evaluating qualitative research. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 57, 879-893 - BAD.

Belgrave, L. L., Zablotsky, D., & Guacagno, M. A. 2002. How do we talk to each other? Writing qualitative research for quantitative readers. Qualitative Health Research, 12, 1427-1439.

Bem, D. J. (1995). Writing a Review Article for Psychological Bulletin. Psychological Bulletin, 118, 172-177 - BAD.

Bem, D.J. (2002). Writing the research report. In R. H. Hoyle, M. J. Harris & C.M. Judd (Eds.), Research methods in social relations (7th ed., pp. 510-537). New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

Bem, D. 2003. Writing the empirical journal article. In J. M. Darley et al. (Eds.), The compleat academic, 2nd ed. Washington, DC: Amer. Psychological Assoc - BAD.

Fine, Mark A., & Kurdek, L. A. (1994). Publishing multiple journal articles from a single data set: Issue and recommendations. Journal of Family Psychology, 8, 371-379 - BAD.

Haggar, M. S. (2012). How to get your article rejected. Stress and Health, 28, 265-268.

Hart, C. (1998). Doing a literature review: Releasing the social science research imagination. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Matthews, S. H. 2005. Crafting qualitative research articles on marriage and families. Journal of Marriage and Family, 67, 799-808.

Sternberg, R. J. (1992, September). How to win acceptances by psychology journals: 21 tips for better writing. APS Observer, 18, 12-13.

Streufert, S. (1982). Not to perish: Recommendations from an outgoing editor. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 12, 420-428.

White, L. 2005. Writes of passage: Writing an empirical journal article. Journal of Marriage and Family, 67, 791-798 - BAD.

Publishing Process

Summary report of journal operations, 2013 (2014). American Psychologist, 69, 531-532.

Byrnes, J. P. (2007). Publishing trends of psychology faculty during their pretenure years. Psychological Science, 18, 283-286.

Fiske, D., & Fogg, L. (1990). But reviewers are making different criticisms of my paper! Diversity and uniqueness in reviewer comments. American Psychologist, 45, 591-598 - BAD.

Garfield, E. (1985). Journal rankings - Section 1. SSCI Journal Citation Report, Volume 7. 1985 Annual, 1-15.

Garvey, W.D., Gottfredson, S.D., & Simmons, J.G. (1984). A comparison of two major scientific exchange processes in psychology: 1962 and 1976. American Psychologist, 39, 11-21.

Hegarty, P., & Walton, Z. (2012). The consequences of predicting scientific impact in psychology using journal impact factors. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 72-78.

Koulack, D., & Keselman, H.J. (1975). Ratings of psychology journals by members of the American Psychological Association. American Psychologist, 30, 1049-1053.

Koulack, D., & Keselman, H.J. (1975). Ratings of psychology journals by members of the Canadian Psychological Association. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 7, 449-450 - BAD.

Lindsey, D. (1978). The scientific publication system in social science: A study of the operation of leading professional journals in psychology, sociology, and social work. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Maher, B.A. (1978). A reader's, writer's, and reviewer's guide to assessing research reports in clinical psychology. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 46, 835-838 - BAD.

Osipow, S. H. (1996). Dealing with journal editors and reviewers. In F. T. L. Leong & J. T. Austin (Eds.), The psychology research handbook: A guide for graduate students and research assistants (pp. 302-308). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Porter, A.L. (1978). A comparison of various ratings of psychology journals. American Psychologist, 33, 295-299.

Radner, S. (1998). How popular is your article: An empirical study of the citation distribution. Euro. Phys. J. B 4, 131-134 - BAD.

Seglen, P. O. (1992). The skewness of science, Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 43, 628-638.

Thorngate, W. (1990). The economy of attention and the development of psychology. Canadian Psychology, 31, 262-271.

Writing a Lot and Style

Acock, A., van Dulmen, M., Kurdek, L. , Buehler, C., & Goldsheider, F. Constructing tables for JMF.

American Psychological Association Publication Manual. 2001. Washington, DC: APA.

American Sociological Association Style Guide (2nd ed.). 1997. Washington, DC: ASA.

Becker, H. 1986. Chapter 1: Freshman English for graduate students (pp. 1-25) and "Chap. 4: Editing by ear" (pp. 68-89) in Writing for the social sciences.

Drotar, D. (2000). Training professional psychologists to write and publish: The utility of a writers’ workshop seminar. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 31, 453-457.

Galbraith, J. K. (1978, March). Writing, typing, and economics. The Atlantic, 102-105.

Hayes, S. C. (1983). When more is less: Quantity versus quality of publications in the evaluation of academic vitae. American Psychologist, 38, 1398-1400.

Joy, S. (2006). What should I be doing, and where are they doing it? Scholarly productivity of academic psychologists. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 1, 346–364.

King, S. 2000. On writing: A memoir of the craft. NY: Simon & Schuster.

Lambert, N. M. (2013). Publish and prosper: A strategy guide for researchers. Routledge.

Lambert, N. (2013). Four Extrinsic Reasons to Publish.

Lunsford, A. A. 2003. The St. Martin’s handbook (5th ed.). NY: Bedford/St. Martin’s.

Mosteller, F. (1986). Writing about numbers. In J. C. Bailar & F. Mosteller (Eds.), Medical uses of statistics (pp. 305-321). Waltham, MA: New England Journal of Medicine Books.

Mullins, C.J. (1977). A guide to writing and publishing in the social and behavioral sciences. New York: Wiley-Interscience.

Platt, J. (2011). On Publication: Tips From a Poet - BAD.

Reis, H., O'Connor, T., Nilsen, W., McDaniel, S., Conner, K., Horwitz, S., King, D., Seaburn, D., Shields, C., et al. (2005). Ten strategies for publishing. The Family Psychologist, 21, 11-13.

Richards, P. 1986. Risk. In H. Becker, Writing for the social sciences (pp. 108-120). University of Chicago Press.

Roediger, H. L. (2007, June/July). Twelve tips for Authors. APS Observer.

Schimel, J. (2011). Writing science: How to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded. New York: Oxford University Press.

Silvia, P. (2007). How to write a lot: A practical guide to productive academic writing. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Strunk, W., & White, E. B. (1999). The elements of style (4th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Wainer, H. (1984). How to display data badly. American Statistician, 38, 137-147 - BAD.

Wiley, M.G., Crittenden, K.S., & Birg, L.D. (1979). Why a rejection? Causal attribution of a career achievement event. Social Psychology Quarterly, 42, 214-222.


Kuhn, T.S. (1962). The structure of scientific revolutions. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Meehl, P.E. (1978). Theoretical risks and tabular asterisks: Sir Karl, Sir Ronald and the slow progress of soft psychology. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 46, 806-834.

Menard, H.W. (1971). Science: Growth and change. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Perlman, D. (1980). Who's who in psychology: Endler et al.'s SSCI scores versus a textbook definition. American Psychologist, 35, 104-106.

Perlman, D. (1984). Recent developments in personality and social psychology: A citation analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 10, 493-501.

Price, D.J. (1963). Little science, big science. New York: Columbia University Press

Spellman, B. A. (2001, July/August). Got the IRB blues? Some things you can do. APS Observer, 14(6).