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National Research University Higher School of EconomicsNewsProfessor Graeme Hodge Discusses the Ins and Outs of Publishing in International Journals

Professor Graeme Hodge Discusses the Ins and Outs of Publishing in International Journals

On Thursday, September 18, HSE’s Perm campus held a master class led by Monash University (Australia) Professor Graeme Hodge.

The class, which was conducted in English, focused on how to publish articles in international journals successfully and saw the participation of students and instructors from HSE Perm. Class participants actively asked Professor Hodge questions and discussed problems that worry all researchers. Overall, the class maintained an atmosphere that was open for constructive dialogue. Professor Hodge brought a relaxed atmosphere to the class by describing how unsuccessful articles sometimes end up in academic publications.

Professor Graeme Hodge is the author of 12 books and more than 100 papers on issues of social and economic policy, management, public administration, and law. Professor Hodge understands better than anyone what it takes to publish articles in international publications.

Students at the master class watched in amazement at how their instructors took notes, practically without lifting their pens from the paper. And at the end of the meeting, participants thanked the professor for the wonderful seminar with a huge round of applause.

After the class, participants shared their impressions. Faculty of Management Dean Irina Shafranskaya said: ‘What I gained from this master class was a new and extremely valuable idea on specifically how to select a journal and on which criteria to base this selection. Another important point was how to prepare an article, bearing in mind “why” and “who” will read it. It seems to me that this allows you to set objectives in an entirely different way. Overall, the likelihood of successful publication rises when an author focuses not only on his or her own research, but also on the context this research falls under, the reader and the author’s goals.’

‘Professor Hodge, who lives in Australia, emphasized that it is also worth asking yourself which “geography” you’re seeking. If you want to be a 'local' author, then the rules for publication in local journals are often much simpler, but then you’re onboard for the 'global,' academic agenda,’ Irina Shafranskaya said.

Associate Professor Mariya Molodchik from the Department of Financial Management describes several important points from the master class, the most important of which was how Professor Hodge reads articles as an editor: ‘He starts with the conclusion, then reads the introduction and further makes a decision on the article’s quality.’ Mariya also noted that Professor Hodge places emphasis the formulation of the research question: ‘The question must be interesting to potential readers, and this is possible if the answer to the question consists of new knowledge. Applying complex econometrics methodology does not save an article if the research question was initially formulated incorrectly.’

 Ivan Avramenko, the Head of the Department of Foreign Languages, appreciated the opportunity to speak directly with Professor Hodge: ‘I was particularly pleased with the discussion of what I thought were interesting tricks to publishing work abroad. Professor Hodge is an excellent role model for any researcher. You immediately start to believe that all of your ideas presented in English will see light in a top foreign journal.’