RAM. Revista de Administração Mackenzie
On-line version ISSN 1678-6971
SERRA, Fernando A. Ribeiro; FIATES, Gabriela Gonçalves and FERREIRA, Manuel Portugal. Is it hard to publish or are we lacking competences? The challenge of researching and publishing in academic journals from the point of view of international referees and editors. RAM, Rev. Adm. Mackenzie [online]. 2008, vol.9, n.4, pp. 32-55. ISSN 1678-6971. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1678-69712008000400004.
Doctoral students and researchers worldwide face the publish or perish challenge. Given that the researchers are evaluated by their productivity, publishing in indexed and reputed journals is essential. However, this is not an easy task, as the rejection rates are increasing, as are the lead time between submission and acceptance for publication. In this paper we seek to identify the main motives for rejection of Brazilian articles in the business administration discipline by international academic journals. We also advance some clues on how the authors may improve their work towards future publication. This paper is descriptive and exploratory, and takes on a qualitative, reflexive and critical lens. We present some recommendations of both international referees and editors of well known academic journals, geared to the writing of higher quality papers and the creation of a research pipeline. We aim at contributing to understand how researchers may develop more relevant scientific research.
Keywords : Research; Publishing; Business administration; International periodicals; Making articles.