Friday, February 10, 2012
As my public diary of PhD adventuring, I feel it only fitting to share here on Fashademic that my very first academic article was recently published in the Australasian Journal of Popular Culture. It's about outfit posting, how it relates to fashion imagery and bloggers' self-representation, with some thick description of me doing an outfit post thrown in for good measure.
For those of you playing at home, getting articles published is important because the process of being accepted and working your writing towards publication helps you hone your academic writing skills, it gets your work before the eyes of experts who will peer review it, and once published, your ideas will be circulated to a wider audience. There is a little pressure (or a lot, depending on the people around you) to publish a number of articles before you submit your thesis. I heard a talk by Lisa McLaughlin, the editor of Feminist Media Studies Journal when I was in the first year of my PhD. She said that when she was a post-grad, maybe twenty years ago, if a student published anything at all before submitting, that was exemplary. Now, she said that most students seem to be aiming to have between 4-6 articles published before they submit- i.e. the system has sped up exponentially.
I really can't imagine managing to churn out another 3-5 articles before I submit (which will be sometime late next year, I should think.) Two, maybe three, publications in total seems more likely; this one alone took about four rewrites, countless re-reads and weeks of solid researching to beef up my reedy conference paper into a robust article. It's not a huge deal, but I guess because it's my first one, I'm a little proud of it. And a few of you have mentioned that you'd be interested to read my work, so... and now I'm bashful. Any interested readers can access it here for about $18, or go all out and buy the journal here. Do let me know what you think, unless you find any typos or grammatical errors in which case, never, never tell me.
Submitted by Fashademic at 10:21 AM