The course aims to increase participants’ knowledge about writing for publication and confidence and skills for accomplishing this goal.
Academic publication is an essential part of scientific research and a precondition for defending the doctoral dissertation (thesis). The prospects of publishing can be both exciting and daunting. This course is intended to demystify the publication process and increase confidence in writing for publication. It is designed to help participants learn the process for publishing an article, from generating an idea to the final product, especially articles based on quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research.
The course is also designed to help students consider publication in the context of their overall program of doctoral studies and how they can best utilize publications to achieve the goal of earning a doctoral degree. Participants will have opportunities to appraise their strengths and challenges in writing, learn strategies for making progress and maintaining motivation while writing, select journals for publication, identify the qualities for which editors and reviewers look in evaluating manuscripts, and learn how to respond to editors and reviewers’ comments for revision. Participants should bring paper and electronic copies of an article which they submitted for publication (or an article in progress), and, if possible, the editors and/or reviewers’ comments they received. Participants should be willing to engage in discussion about their writing, share their work, and work on their writing.