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Workshop is organized by Brett Smith (University of Birmingham) and Mark Freeman (College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts).

Publishing narrative research: Avoiding common mistakes and some tips for consideration

Aim: To develop knowledge about publishing narrative research in journals and books

Description: Aimed primarily at those who are new to publishing research in journals, and who wish to gain knowledge about publishing a book, this workshop is concerned with publishing ‘good’ narrative research. Participants are invited to bring questions to the workshop about getting narrative research published in journals or books, including the challenges, dilemmas, and good practices that go with preparing and publishing their work. Participant driven questions will be used to help stimulate discussion about the process and product of publishing. In addition, various ‘tips’ will be offered with regard to how to publish narrative research. These ‘tips’ are not magical recipes for achieving success. Rather, the ‘tips’ are modest thoughts about how to avoid common mistakes and how to enhance opportunities to get work published. The ‘tips’ are based on Brett’s and Mark’s failures and successes of publishing narrative research in journals like Health Psychology, Narrative Inquiry, Social Science and Medicine, Theory and Psychology, and Sociology of Health and Illness. The ‘tips’ are also based on the ‘hidden secrets’ they have learnt as either a journal editor, an associate editor, a journal editorial board member, a reviewer for numerous journals, an editor of a book or book series, or an author.  The majority of the workshop will be focused on publishing in journals, with the remaining time dedicated to exploring the process of writing and publishing a book.

Biography brett smith

Brett Smith (see picture below), PhD, is a Professor at the University of Birmingham, UK. His empirical research focuses on disability, sport and physical activity. He is also a methodologist in qualitative research. Numerous funding bodies, such as the ESRC, Public Health England, and Canadian Institute of Health Research, have supported his narrative research. In addition to 200+ publications, Brett has given over 30 keynotes and 150 invited talks to audiences around the world. These include invited talks on narrative to the Royal Society of Medicine and in the UK Houses of Parliament. Brett’s current narrative research is being used by Disability Rights UK to help inform policy. He is founder and former Editor of the international journal Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health (QRSEH). Brett also serves on 8 editorial boards (e.g., Qualitative Research in Psychology, Narrative Works, and Health Psychology Review).

 Brett Smith

Biography mark Freeman

Mark Freeman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.  His writings include Rewriting the Self: History, Memory, Narrative; Finding the Muse: A Sociopsychological Inquiry into the Conditions of Artistic Creativity; Hindsight: The Promise and Peril of Looking Backward; and The Priority of the Other: Thinking and Living Beyond the Self.  Winner of the 2010 Theodore R. Sarbin Award in the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, he also serves as editor for the Oxford University Press series “Explorations in Narrative Psychology,” is a Consulting Editor for the journal Qualitative Psychology, and serves on the editorial boards of numerous additional journals (e.g., Culture & Psychology, Storyworlds, and Psychoanalysis, Self, and Context).

 Mark Freeman