This study aims to determine the cognitive, social, physical, and afective barriers that prevent academics from publishing and the enablers suggested to overcome these barriers.
The study, using the phenomenological research method, involved semi-structured interviews conducted with 41 academicians difering in gender, branch, age, and experience.
The deductive analysis of the obtained data showed that the academicians had cognitive
difculties especially in writing the IMRAD sections and writing in English. Their social
barriers were found to include the difculty of journal evaluation processes, the problems
experienced in carrying out collaborative studies, and educational, administrative, and family responsibilities. The physical barriers included problems about time management, data
collection process, and infrastructure. Lastly, the main afective barriers were not being
in the right mood for writing, thinking that studies do not contribute to real life, fear of
rejection, lack of self-confdence, and perfectionism. The academicians suggested various
enablers, such as fnding a good research topic, improving one’s English language skills,
cooperating, and insisting on acceptance.