Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks; A Guide to Academic Publishing Success

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  • Copyright: 2009-01-21
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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"This book is a wonderful addition to a graduate course on professional writing, to a writers' group in need of some structure, or even to the lone writer who needs assistance becoming an academic writer." - Chronicle of Higher Education Wendy Laura Belcher's Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success is a revolutionary approach to enabling academic authors to overcome their anxieties and produce the publications that are essential to succeeding in their fields. Each week, readers learn a particular feature of strong articles and work on revising theirs accordingly. At the end of twelve weeks, they send their article to a journal. This invaluable resource is the only guide that focuses specifically on publishing humanities and social science journal articles.Key Features Has a proven record of helping graduate students and professors get published: This workbook, developed over a decade of teaching scholarly writers in a range of disciplines at UCLA and around the world, has already helped hundreds to publish their articles in peer-reviewed journals. Demystifies the academic publishing process: This workbook is based on actual research about faculty productivity and peer review, students' writing triumphs and failures, as well as the author's experiences as a journal editor and award-winning author. Proceeds step by manageable step: Within the context of clear deadlines, the workbook provides the instruction, exercises, and structure needed to revise a classroom essay, conference paper, dissertation chapter, master's thesis, or unfinished draft into a journal article and send it to a suitable journal. Targets the biggest writing challenges: This workbook focuses squarely on the most difficult tasks facing scholarly writers, such as getting motivated, making an argument, and creating a logical whole.Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks can be used individually or in groups, and is particularly appropriate for graduate student professional development courses, junior faculty orientation workshops, post-doc groups, and journal article writing courses.Wendy Laura Belcher is assistant professor of African literature at Princeton University in the Department of Comparative Literature and Center for African American Studies. She has taught journal article writing workshops in North America, Europe, and Africa. Praise for Wendy Belcher and Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks "A comprehensive, well-written and beautifully organized book on publishing articles in the humanities and social sciences that will help its readers write forward with a first-rate guide as good company." -Joan Bolker, author of Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day'œHumorous, direct, authentic '¦ a seamless weave of experience, anecdote, and research.' -Kathleen McHugh, professor and director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women 'œA useful text that will be an excellent resource for any writer attempting to publish their work.' -Larry Chandler, Graduate Student 'œWendy Belcher's book is revolutionizing the way young

Table of Contents

Introduction: Using This Workbook
Goals of the workbook
History of the workbook
Philosophy of the workbook
Pedagogy of the workbook.
General instructions
Using the workbook according to your temperament, discipline, or career stage
Using the workbook by yourself, with a writing partner, in a writing group, with coauthors, or to teach a class
Feedback to the author.
Designing Your Plan for Writing
Instruction: Understanding feelings about writing
Keys to positive writing experiences
Designing a plan for submitting your article in twelve weeks.
Exercises: Selecting a paper for revision
Choosing your writing site
Designing your writing schedule
Anticipating and overturning writing obstacles.
Starting Your Article
Instruction: Types of academic articles
Myths about publishable journal articles
What gets published and why
Abstracts as a tool for success
Getting started on your article revision.
Exercises: Hammering out your topic
Rereading your paper
Drafting your abstract
Reading a model article
Revising your abstract.
Advancing Your Argument
Instruction: Common reasons why journals reject articles
Main reason journal articles are rejected: no argument
Making a good argument
Organizing your article around your argument
Exercises: Drafting your argument
Reviewing your article for an argument
Revising your article around your argument
Selecting a Journal
Instruction: Good news about journals
The importance of picking the right journal
Types of academic journals: nonrecommended, questionable, and preferred
Finding suitable academic journals
Exercises: Searching for journals
Evaluating academic journals
Matching your article to suitable journals
Reading relevant journals
Writing a query letter to editors
Making a final decision about which journal
Reviewing the Related Literature
Instruction: Reading the scholarly literature
Types of scholarly literature
Strategies for getting reading done
Identifying your relationship to the related literature
Avoiding plagiarism
Writing about others' research.
Exercises: Evaluating your current citations
Identifying and reading the related literature
Evaluating the related literature
Writing or revising your related literature review.
Strengthening Your Structure
Instruction: On the importance of structure
Types of structures
Article structures in the social sciences and humanities
Solving structural problems
Revising for structure.
Exercises: Outlining a model article
Outlining your article
Restructuring your article.
Presenting Your Evidence
Instruction: Types of evidence
Writing up evidence in the social sciences
Writing up evidence in the humanities
Revising your evidence.
Exercises: Discussing evidence in your field
Revisiting your evidence
Shaping your evidence around your argument.
Opening and Concluding Your Article
Instruction: On the importance of openings
Revising your opening and conclusion.
Exercises: Revising your title
Revising your introduction
Revisiting your abstract, related literature review, and author order
Revising your conclusion.
Giving, Getting, and Using Others' Feedback
Instruction: Types of feedback
Exchanging your articles.
Exercises: Sharing your article and getting feedback
Making a list of remaining tasks
Revising your article according to feedback.
Editing Your Sentences
Instruction: On taking the time
Types of revising
The rules of editing
The Belcher diagnostic test
Editing your article.
Exercises: Running the Belcher diagnostic test
Revising your article with the diagnostic test
Correcting other types of problem sentences.
Wrapping Up Your Article
Instruction: On the perils of perfection
Finalizing your article.
Exercises: Finalizing your argument, related literature review, introduction, evidence, structure, and conclusion.
Sending Your Article!
Instruction: On the importance of finishing
Getting the submission ready.
Exercises: Writing the cover letter
Preparing illustrations
Putting your article into the journal's style
Preparing the final print or electronic version
Send and celebrate!
Week X: Responding to Journal Decisions
Instruction: An exhortation
Waiting for the journal's decision
Reading the journal's decision
Types of journal decisions
Responding to journal decisions.
Exercises: Evaluating and responding to the journal decision
Planning your revision
Revising your article
Drafting your revision cover letter
Requesting permissions
On the importance of persevering.
End Notes
Works Cited
Recommended Reading
About the Author
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