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Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks A Guide to Academic Publishing Success

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ISBN-10: 141295701X

ISBN-13: 9781412957014

Edition: 2009

Authors: Wendy Laura Belcher, Wendy L. (Laura) Belcher

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This book provides the instruction, exercises, deadlines, and structure needed to revise a classroom or conference paper into a journal article. Each week, readers learn a particular feature of strong academic writing such as persuasive argument or clear structure and work on revising their article accordingly. At the end of twelve weeks, they send their article to a journal. Instructors can use the book to facilitate writing workshops; scholars can use it individually to get an article ready for publication. Either way, the book helps graduate students and junior faculty to develop the habits of productivity that lead to confidence, overcome anxiety about academic publishing, and advance…    
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Book details

List price: $94.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/20/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

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