Paul Dudenhefer

Paul Dudenhefer

"Paul Dudenhefer is superb. As a nonnative speaker and a PhD student at Duke University, I had the privilege of consulting Paul, who was then a writing tutor for the Department of Economics. It was not only my writing skills that improved greatly with each session, but my own thinking about the subject of my thesis. My writing and communication skills owe so much to Paul, that I can only praise him and recommend him to any interested scholar." --Pedro Duarte, University of Sao Paulo

Scholarly publishing is changing. What does it mean for you?

For years, scholarly work was published primarily by university presses. Today, the situation is quite different. A small number of large commercial publishers dominate the market—Taylor and Francis, Wiley-Blackwell, Springer, Sage, and Elsevier are the biggest—and their market share is likely to grow further. Commercial presses are profit-making enterprises, and to maximize profits they sometimes cut costs by reducing the range of services they provide, leaving authors to do more of the work of preparing, formatting, and proofreading manuscripts. In turn, most university presses have also cut costs to remain in the market, offering fewer and fewer services.

What does this mean for you, the author? It means more work. Depending on the publisher, you may be asked to format your reference list and other elements of your paper according to the publisher’s style. If you are publishing in English and English is not your native language, you may be asked to hire someone to read your paper and correct your English. You may even be asked to proofread your own paper. 

So be prepared: Submitting a paper and getting it accepted for publication may not be the end of the process. Fortunately for you, that’s where I come in.

The best website for keeping up with the latest in scholarly publishing is the Scholarly Kitchen.

A final word: Authors should be wary of so-called predatory publishers. Predatory publishers take advantage of authors desperate for publication. They charge a fee for publishing a paper and promise—often falsely—quick publication, rigorous peer review, and the like. For more, see the guide prepared by Iowa State University: