April 28, 2014 4:22 PM Subscribe
I have a very strong amateur interest in a niche subject (the history of computational labor processes). I think have a somewhat novel idea for research that builds on ideas that seem to be gaining currency in journals like Technology and Culture
. I'm not an academic, and have very little academic background. What should I know if I decide to prepare an article for submission to a peer reviewed journal for the first time?
posted by wobdev to Education (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
The only reason I don't write up my thoughts in a blog post is that I'd like to be part of the academic debate, and get feedback from acknowledged authorities. At the same time, I don't want to waste anyone else's time.
Are there writing standards I should adhere to that may not be obvious from reading journals in the field? Any suggested guides?
Finally: would it be beyond the pale to email an academic whose work would be cited with a short (several hundred word) description of the project to ask whether it was worth pursuing?