Céad Míle Fáilte! I’m in Dublin, Ireland for this year’s International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) conference. So far it has been a fascinating and engaging conference, and I’ve been trying to soak up some local culture as well.
My presentation has already come and gone. On Wednesday evening I presented a paper entitled “Truly Magical: Advertising, Rhetoric, and the iPad” as part of the Emerging Scholars Network section of the conference. It received some positive feedback, and I’ve already made a couple of revisions and sent it off to a journal for consideration for publication.
The academic publishing process is a strange one. From what I understand, it can sometimes take a year or more from the time you submit a paper before it can appear in print, and that assumes that the journal accepts the submission in the first place. I’ve been feeling somewhat “behind” in terms of submissions; while I’ve finished a year of my Ph.D. program already, this is just the first article I’ve sent out for publication. (I am working on a second that I hope to send out by summer’s end, but that will hinge on our IRB’s determination regarding my data set.) And now that I can move this paper from the “Drafts In Progress” section of my CV to the “Submitted for Publication” section, I now have to start the process over again.
So, the next question… what will my next study be?