Suggestions for Publishing Support
As a potential author, you may have an idea that you think is unique or that provides new insight on an established topic. But you may be nervous about transforming your idea into print, because you are afraid you will not find the time or support you need to produce a good publication. Many good ideas are never shared, because potential authors are not aware of the support resources available to them. Sharing ideas enhances the practice and the profession of medical librarianship. This is the essence of the publications program of the Medical Library Association.
The following tips and resources are designed to help you as a potential author to identify and obtain the necessary financial and practical support you need to transform your ideas into publications.
Publishing does not have to be a solitary activity. There are a number of people who may be able to assist you at various points in the process, including:
Types of tasks that could be performed by others:
The MLA Mentor Program is a new initiative designed to provide guidance to first-time and inexperienced authors. Using the newly established MLA mentors database, an author can search for a mentor with expertise in publishing, either generally or with MLA specifically. Mentors are previously published individuals who voluntarily join the database to advise others throughout the publication process.
Mentors and new authors will decide together what form their relationships will take. It is expected that the author and mentor will develop an ongoing, collegial relationship over a period of time.
Activities that might be performed by a mentor include:
The goal of the a publishing mentor is to provide flexible and individualized support to new and potential authors in the publishing program. Mentors are not required, nor can authors be guaranteed of working with a mentor of their choice.
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Last Updated: 2012 October 17