Main barriers and possible enablers of academicians while publishing

Aydın A., Yürük S. E., Reisoğlu İ., Göktaş Y.

SCIENTOMETRICS, vol.0, no.0, pp.1-28, 2022 (SCI-Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 0 Issue: 0
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11192-022-04528-x
  • Journal Name: SCIENTOMETRICS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, FRANCIS, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, Applied Science & Technology Source, BIOSIS, CINAHL, Computer & Applied Sciences, Index Islamicus, Information Science and Technology Abstracts, INSPEC, Library and Information Science Abstracts, Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA), PAIS International, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, zbMATH
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-28
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


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.