How to get published

China Studies Centre, University of Sydney

How to get published

2.00pm – 4.00pm, Wednesday, 2 August, 2017
New Law School Annexe SR 344, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Free
RSVP: Open to all with registration requested.
Contact: Wen Chen ( E: P: 9114 0838)

Attend this event for your chance to win a free ticket to the 2017 Sydney China Business Forum.

Are you a research student or early career researcher engaged or interested in the China-related research? Do you have questions about publishing?

• Will my publications detract from my PhD/research?
• Should I start to publish early during my PhD studies?
• What and where to publish?
• How to present my research in a format suitable for publication?
• What are the mistakes to avoid?
• How to maximise my chances of getting published?

If you have any of these questions, then this workshop is for you.

This workshop will not only address the questions above but also provide further tips and guidance, aiming to help the audience understand the business of publishing and increase chances of publishing their China-related research.

Professor Luigi Tomba, Director of the China Studies Centre, will share with the audience ideas coming from his experience as author and editor for over a decade of The China Journal, the major international journal in Chinese affairs. He will also discuss the whys and hows of publishing from the research students’ perspective – the options, the challenges and the opportunities.

Sydney University Press’s Manager and Publisher Ms Susan Murray and Publishing Manager Ms Agata Mrva-Montoya will share their top tips for getting published. They will also cover what publishers are looking for, what authors should do, and also speak on relevant China and the West series, and other relevant SUP series.

The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A session and network with the speakers and fellow attendees.


Professor Luigi Tomba
Director, China Studies Centre, The University of Sydney
Professor Luigi Tomba is the new director of the University of Sydney China Studies Centre. Before joining the Centre in 2017 he was for 15 years at the Australian National University, most recently as the Associate Director of the Australian Centre on China the World. His work has always been concerned with Cities and with urbanization. His most recent book The Government Next Door: Neighborhood Politics in Urban, was awarded the Association of Asian Studies 2016 Joseph Levenson Prize as best book on Post-1900 China.

Ms Susan Murray
Manager, Scholarly Publishing, Sydney University Press
Susan Murray is the Manager Scholarly Publishing at the University of Sydney Library. Susan’s role is to provide expert leadership, strategic direction, editorial knowledge and business management in the development and management of the Library and University’s scholarly publishing programs, including Sydney University Press (SUP) and associated imprints, platforms, publishing and business services to support, enhance and extend the University’s research, teaching and reputation as a leading national and international research institution.
Susan lead the re-establishment of SUP in 2005, and has developed SUP’s scholarly publishing program and the Darlington Press imprint for popular works based on research. She has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Dr Agata Mrva-Montoya
Publishing Manager, Sydney University Press
Dr Agata Mrva-Montoya is Publishing Manager at Sydney University Press and Honorary Associate in the Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney. She has worked at Sydney University Press (SUP) since 2008 in a role combining editing, marketing and project management. She is the commissioning editor for the following SUP’s series: Adapa Monographs, Animal Publics, China and the West in the Modern World and Tom Austen Brown Studies in Australasian Archaeology. Agata is interested in the impact of new technologies on scholarly publishing, editing and books in general. She has written articles for scholarly journals and industry publications, and posts for various Australian and international blogs. In pre-publishing life, Agata completed a PhD in archaeology. She can be found on Twitter as @agatamontoya.