Research Q & A

Sara Dolnicar is a Research Professor of Tourism at The University of Queensland. She is deeply committed to mentoring early career researchers and has developed many innovative ways of doing so. One of the schemes she has introduced at The University of Queensland is the so-called RESEARCH OPEN ROOM. While her room is always open to students and colleagues, Sara - once a month – invited research students and colleagues to drop in and ask research-related question. This has developed into a highly successful collective research mentoring scheme, a platform for deep and meaningful conversations about academia. In an attempt to broader accessibility, AIEST initiated the Buddy Network, an online platform where early career researchers who are members of AIEST can post questions. Sara responds to those questions wherever possible. When she does not feel qualified, she asks a qualified colleague to respond.


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I am struggling to publish an article in a top tier journal (SSCI). I've received a some rejections (most of them being desk-rejections). Therefore, I have decided to turn the article into a research note. However, this was not a good option since I have received again some desk-rejections. Now I am waiting for the outcome of a submission to a journal which is not SSCI but ESCI (not a top-tier journal).

If I receive again a rejection, what will be the best approach to continue? Thanks


I have just received reviews for a manuscript I have submitted. I have a whole mix of emotions. I am angry, I feel that many of the comments are stupid and unqualified and – on top of everything else – there are so many comments that I do not even know where to start.

I am under a lot of pressure to write large numbers of journal articles. I have a great empirical data set. I can either write a number of smaller papers form this data or I can write one big paper. Which would you recommend?