Great reads:

For graduate students:

Words of wisdom from Dr. Chezare A. Warren of Michigan State University:

5 ways to significantly strengthen a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal outlet:

1) Be explicit about the scope and/or aims of your paper within the first two paragraphs, and then actually do in the paper what you say you were going to do in the paper.
2) Literature reviews are NOT summaries or intellectual genealogies. They are critical syntheses of the existing literature that demonstrate both your knowledge of the academic discourse (e.g. gaps and shortcomings) and the contribution your paper is making to ongoing research conversations associated with the paper's major topic area(s).
3) Make sure your argument can be supported WITH the evidence that you provide.
4) Clearly demonstrate how and why you are using specific theoretical frameworks or interpretive perspectives you present in the paper. This includes describing in clear, accessible terms--appropriate for the journal's audience--how these frameworks support your capacity to accomplish the aims of the paper described in the introduction.
5) Make a contribution. After reading the paper, I should be clear about the ways your work is ADDING to the knowledge base, rather than simply corroborating what we already know.