Conferences are fantastic places to give an initial version of your current project when your research is dynamic and evolving. Fellow conference goers provide significant sources of initial feedback, especially from scholars you don’t know or with whom you interact less frequently. In addition, many conferences have associated journals, which have special editions with articles drawn from the conference. Given that journals often prefer already curated submissions to cold entries, your previous acceptance to the conference may help your submission to the associated journal.
A refined journal article looks very different from a conference paper. While a conference paper conveys one point as clearly and simply as possible, a journal article should be nuanced, complex, and explicit, and many distinct examples may be needed. There is room for improvising during a conference; it’s often valuable to read your audience and determine how much explanation is needed for an idea, concept, or example. However, a journal article must be polished and understandable without additional information. Here are some specific ideas to incorporate into your polished, publishable article: