Published & Typed Reports: Differences & Examples

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  • 0:05 Completing Your Research
  • 0:48 Reasons for Publications
  • 1:33 Final vs. Published
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Instructor: Devin Kowalczyk

Devin has taught psychology and has a master's degree in clinical forensic psychology. He is working on his PhD.

What is the process after you have completed your research? In this lesson, we will explore the differences between a finished piece of research and a published piece of research, why it is important, and the process of how it is accomplished.

Completing Your Research

You've done all the work to complete your research, writing pages and pages of background research, transcribing in detail your methodology, and creating masterful results and discussion. It's almost like your child, considering the amount of work and time you've invested in it.

You have a piece of original, scientific work that has never existed before. However, just because it's one of a kind does not mean it's ready for publication. There is a difference between a finished, typed up report and the finalized, published report. In this lesson, we explore some of the processes between completing a report and publishing it.

Reasons for Publication

A researcher conducts studies for many reasons. One reason is that it's really cool to know something before anyone else does. But, a bigger reason is to get published in a journal. Specifically, researchers want to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, a journal in which research articles are critically assessed by experts in the field.

Being published in a peer-reviewed journal is about as big as it gets for a researcher. When an article is published, it means it was approved by experts in the field. Furthermore, it now exists in the scientific field, so when others do background research, they will look at your research and cite it when they do their research. Can you imagine your name in a serious, scientific journal describing your work?

Final vs. Published

So, how does a person get published, and what is the difference between a published report and a final report? The answer to both questions is edits.

The first step to turning your final draft into a published draft is to select the correct journal. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of journals out there, each catering to a specific idea or topic. Some are broader than others, like the American Psychologist, while others are extremely specific, like Behavioral Neuroscience. The reasons a journal should be selected by topic is it increases your chance at being published, increases the audience who would be interested in your work, and the editors and peer reviewers would be familiar with that type of research. If you're going to read a journal titled Behavioral Neuroscience, then you will kind of expect to read behavioral neuroscience research!

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