Learn How to Publish a Journal Article

Planning on publishing one of your conference papers, but finding yourself stuck and distracted? Need a group to workshop your paper with?

We invite all graduate students and postdocs to join us in our 12-week program based on the book "Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks" by Wendy Belcher. Learn how to advance your argument, select a journal, review the literature, and strengthen the structure while working with your peers on brainstorming and editing your work. Drop-ins welcome. No need to RSVP. While the outcomes of the bootcamp will be greatly improved with consistent weekly attendance, perfect attendance is not required. See the weekly schedule below and Email Sarah Tynen with any questions

Thursdays, 12:00 to 1:00 pm in UMC 425

What is it? 

  • A 12-week program based on the book "Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks" by Wendy Belcher
  • Weekly 1-hour meetings during the lunch hour (bring your brown bag lunch)
  • Step-by-step process of converting a conference or course paper into a publishable journal article 
  • Learn how to advance your argument, select a journal, review the literature, and strengthen the structure 
  • Work with your peers on brainstorming and editing your work

Why should I spend my time doing this? 

  • Research has proven that writing in isolation is ineffective and inefficient. This group is meant to provide a space to brainstorm with your peers, as well as edit each other's work.
  • We provide accountability and structure. 
  • The art of the scholarly journal article is one of the most elusive structures and standards in the academic world. While it remains a mystery at first, it is a structure that can be taught. 
  • Publishing is the main key to success on the academic job market.
  • We will focus on productivity tips

Who can join?

  • Graduate students and postdocs with a conference or course paper they would like to publish

What should I bring to the meeting? 

  • A laptop, notebook, pen, and brown bag lunch 

When and where? 

The bootcamp will be held in UMC 425 except on the following days: 

  • September 19 will be in CASE W313
  • October 17 will be in UMC 415
  • November 21 will be in UMC 415

Weekly Schedule: 

Week 1: Designing Your Plan for Writing

Week 2: Advancing Your Argument

Week 3: Abstracting Your Article

Week 4: Selecting a Journal 

Week 5: Refining Your Works Cited

Week 6: Crafting Your Claims for Significance 

Week 7: Analyzing Your Evidence

Week 8: Presenting Your Evidence

Week 9: Strengthening Your Structure

Week 10: Opening and Concluding Your Article

Week 11: Editing Your Sentences

Week 12: Sending Your Article!

More Information & Contact

For more information, please contact the Graduate Program Manager.