I'm a Physiotherapist and PhD candidate at the University of Sydney. My thesis is centreing around throwing injuries to the shoulder. As part of my thesis I've written a literature review on the mechanical aspects of the throw as they relate to performance and health. My supervisors feel that this paper is of a good standard, but it's length (15,000 words inclusive of the references) and its density doesn't make it an attractive prospect for a journal in their opinion. They suggested that it might make a good book chapter if one was being considered in this area. As the acknowledged leaders in this area, I felt that if anyone were aware of such a publication pending or alternately able to give me some direction it would be you. Any help you would be able to give me in this regard would be greatly appreciated, Thanks in advance, Rod Whiteley
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on May 21, 2005 21:17:45 GMT -6
In my experience, young researchers do not have the opportunity to submit chapters for books, because the editors of books are usually looking for experts in a field to write a review chapter instead of a newcomer.
This does make sense because the editor of a book wants the confidence that each chapter presents expert views. I think the only chance that you can publish your work as a chapter would be if someone like your advisor is invited to write a chapter and then invites you to be a co-author.
That makes perfect sense (I wouldn't want to read a chapter full of rubbish either). All the same, it's a pity that the chapter couldn't be read by someone and judged on its merits as to its worthiness for publication or otherwise.
My main problem with cutting it down is that looking at it as a whole makes more sense. I've mucked around with pulling it apart, and it ends up being far less coherent. For example there's a lot of overhead in explaining say methods and limitations of kinetic/kinematic analysis (which would be common to each paper) and then there's a fair bit of overlap between different sections - it's difficult to discuss one part of the kinetic link completely in isolation. Oh well perhaps it will simply stay a thesis chapter where it will be read by no-one except my mother