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Publish essay in StR journal

Hello everybody,

A few months ago I wrote a thesis on an ECJ ruling in the field of tax law. A judgment on a similar issue is to be issued soon. Since I still know the subject well, I wonder if I could even try an article for a trade journal.
I know it's not that easy to publish, but why not give it a try? :)

However, I have a few questions about this. I would therefore be very grateful for a few pieces of advice!

  1. As a "normal citizen" (finished my studies, normal employee, (yet) no tax advisor) do I have a chance at all?

  2. The essays on the topic dealt with in my master's thesis were mainly published in IStR, IWB and ISR. An essay was also published in the StuB (by students). I find surprisingly little information about how essays are submitted and how the "review" is done. How does it work? I only found an author's leaflet on the DStR.

  3. What is the “ranking” of the journals (IStR> IWB> ISR)?

I'm looking forward for comments!

PS: I would be very happy about a contribution from Cetero censeo.

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Publish essay in StR journal

Dear TE,
your project is very laudable and I sincerely wish that it will be crowned with success. However, I cannot spare you a few bitter pills:

  1. In the present case it will be very difficult in my opinion to publish something in a renowned publisher or such a magazine. On the one hand, as a student / graduate, one often does not yet have sufficient specialist knowledge to work on a topic at the required level and to adequately illustrate its relevance. Furthermore, the methodological knowledge of proper scientific work is missing. As an author of a (very) good master’s or bachelor’s thesis, understandably, one likes to think that one is now able to do this without further ado, but I can report from experience that even our doctoral candidates only learn how much they do after a few years do not yet know and cannot (especially with regard to good scientific practice). Of course, there are also articles in "recognized" magazines in our field that I personally would be ashamed of even submitting, which leads me directly to the second problem of your project: the necessary reputation. Even as a tax consultant you have to submit a very good article to have a chance of publication, so as a normal graduate you would have to do a real masterpiece here. However, your chances increase not insignificantly, the more "basic" the magazine is (see also 3.).
    It would certainly be easiest to look for a cooperation partner from science or practice for the publication. This allows many of the above. Problems are eliminated or mitigated.

  2. The procedure differs from publisher to publisher and magazine to magazine, but it will probably be like this:
    You ask a publisher / magazine whether they are interested in an article on the topic XYZ with 50,000 characters. The publisher confirms, however, a maximum of 30,000 characters. So you shorten your article and get a little angry. Then you submit the article and it will be checked in advance by a lecturer or similar. sighted. The latter then passes this on to the next (more subject-specific) instance (if available), which also sifts and evaluates the article. When your article has made it this far, the editors or the editorial team will decide whether it should appear now or what needs to be changed.
    You will then receive the so-called "proofs", a version of your article formatted by the publisher, in which you can make final changes. You also have to do a few formalities, such as B. to assign your rights to the article to the magazine, etc.

  3. I can only give my personal assessment here, which at least mostly coincides with the VHB Jourqual classification. My personal ranking of the publishers and their magazines (kept very general) with regard to claim and reputation would be: Otto Schmidt-Verlag -> Beck-Verlag -> NWB-Verlag. Therefore I would estimate your chances of a publication highest in works of the NWB-Verlag; in contrast z. B. on the StuW, is reported here with a little more practical and low-threshold.

I hope that I was able to help you a little and that I did not deprive you of courage.
best regards

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Publish essay in StR journal

Hello Ceterum censeo,

Thank you for your very detailed and helpful contribution!
You definitely didn't rob me of courage. In any case, I have never given myself over to the illusion that it is easy (for a graduate) to place an article in a trade journal. You have now opened my eyes just a little more. :-)

So I will basically stick to my plan (if the ECJ ruling reveals new knowledge) and ask the relevant publisher at the appropriate time.

Thanks again!

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Publish essay in StR journal

I come from a completely different field (natural sciences), but it does happen with us that master’s theses are published. If the professor sees potential in a master's thesis, he will employ the student for a certain period of time (~ 6 months) to get the work ready for publication. The process of publication (i.e. the peer review) then takes another 2 -> 6 months (depends a lot on the journal).

In your case, I would ask your thesis supervisor whether he sees potential for publication and whether he is interested in a cooperation. Given that, it might be worth a try.

PS: What you should also consider are financial aspects. In my area, you can easily get $ 5000 and more for a publication. Universities have the means for this, but as a private person I would not be willing to pay that much.

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Publish essay in StR journal

WiWi Gast wrote on June 30th, 2020:

Although I come from a completely different field (natural sciences), it does happen with us that master's theses are published. If the professor sees potential in a master's thesis, he will employ the student for a certain period of time (~ 6 months) to get the work ready for publication. The process of publication (i.e. the peer review) then takes another 2 -> 6 months (depends a lot on the journal).

In your case, I would ask your thesis supervisor whether he sees potential for publication and whether he is interested in a cooperation. Given that, it might be worth a try.

PS: What you should also consider are financial aspects. In my area, you can easily get $ 5000 and more for a publication. Universities have the means for this, but as a private person I would not be willing to pay that much.

At least in physics and math, where I come from there are also many good magazines where the publication is for free. Do you have to do a little research beforehand and clearly, possibly limit yourself.

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Publish essay in StR journal

In my employment contract there is a clause according to which the employer must approve the publication of technical articles.
Does anyone know what the common approach here is? -
Should I submit the article to the publisher first and, if the publisher would publish my work, ask the client for permission or do the reverse, i.e. submit the article to the client first?
I suspect that the first approach makes more sense, as the publication is quite unlikely and this variant would save me any embarrassing talk at work. I would be very happy about your experiences and advice! :)

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