Don’t Overlook Opportunities to Publish!

Nathaniel is in the Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology program. While he was in his 1st  residency, he met individually with a Career Services Advisor to discuss strengthening his curriculum vita and continuing to build his reputation in research. As they discussed the Publications section on his CV, Nathaniel brought up the research he did for his master’s thesis and his interest in publishing it, but his advisor had passed away so he never pursued publication.

 Even though he completed his thesis in 2008, he believed that his research on women’s health in the area of obesity was unique and still had value and significance. With encouragement from the Career Services Advisor along with motivation for attending the Career Services webinar Career Opportunities in Public Health, Nathaniel submitted his master’s thesis for publication. His first attempt to publish was denied due to an APA formatting issue in his citations. He updated his citations, resubmitted his research, and it was accepted for publication!  

Nathaniel’s advice:

  • As you complete your coursework, note any journals that you think would be a good fit for a submission.
  • Use Ulrich’s Periodical Directory in the Walden Library to determine if the journal is peer reviewed.
  • Read the journal’s advice and policies section for submission.
  • Look for opportunities to present at poster sessions.
  • Submit selected Walden assignments to a peer reviewed jounal (i.e. Nathaniel is  currently submitting an assignment for publication on HIV and Aging). 

View Nathaniel’s document.

For additional information on publishing, review opportunities to publish in the Research Journals at Walden University, and the Writing Center’s information on Writing for Publication.

Congratulations Nathaniel!

Written by Career Advisor Denise Pranke