Publishing a Scholarly Article

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Ida M. Jones, Facilitator


Using Wendy Laura Belcher’s Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success, members of a faculty learning community (FLC) will support one another in our individual quests to have an article accepted for publication in an academic journal.  The FLC members will meet for two hours each month for 9 months weeks (beginning in September 2013) to discuss progress and provide assistance to one another.   Participants will receive a copy of the book, and each month we will read a chapter and complete the associated writing tasks.  Chapters include advice related to topic and journal selection, strengthening the structure of the article, presenting evidence, providing feedback, editing, and responding to journal decisions.

You are best prepared to participate in this learning community if:

  1. You need a way to make publishable the research you have already conducted, written for other purposes, and/or taught.  The prior work could be papers written for a class, dissertation chapters, conference papers, rejected articles, research briefs, lecture notes, etc. that are ready to be turned into an academic journal article. 
  2. You are seeking to publish in journals whose submission requirements are commonplace in, or are similar to those found in, the humanities and social sciences.  The advice in the book is primarily targeted toward the types of writing that these journals publish.  The author suggests that those writing scientific articles typically have to “extrapolate quite a bit from the text” to develop works that are most likely to be published in scientific journals.  If you’re writing for scientific journals, you are still eligible, but you may need to do that additional work and adaptation.
  3. You are willing to share and talk about your writing with campus colleagues, and are willing to give and receive feedback.  To be part of this learning community you must commit to attending the two hour meetings each month.  The proposed meeting dates and times are listed here.
  4. You are willing to make writing for publication a priority this semester, and to invest some time each week (preferably at least 15 minutes five days a week) to the writing process.

Who may participate?

Faculty from any discipline and of any rank/status are allowed to participate, although as noted above those writing in styles common in the humanities and social sciences will be best served by the content of the Belcher text.  Participants must have a project underway (some research and/or writing completed prior to the first meeting) and commit to attending the meetings.

When does this group meet?

The meeting schedule is as follows (all meetings are in HML1222):

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 3:00-5:00

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 3:00-5:00

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 3:00-5:00

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 3:00-4:00

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 3:00-5:00

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 3:00-5:00

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 3:00-5:00

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 3:00-5:00

How do I apply?

To apply, register at this link.