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SSGS670 - From Academics to the Profession: Publishing in the Social Sciences

Course Details

Course Code: SSGS670 Course ID: 4946 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This graduate workshop is 16 weeks in length and is an introduction to the complex world of academic publishing and is designed to give writers in the School of Security and Global Studies practical experience in getting their work published in peer-reviewed journals. Using Wendy Laura Belcher’s best-selling Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success, the course explains the publication process to students and shares strategies for achieving success in the academic writing arena, including setting up a work schedule, identifying appropriate journals for submission, working with editors, writing query letters, clarifying arguments, and organizing material. In a supportive environment, participants revise a previously completed classroom paper, conference paper, thesis, or other work into a peer-reviewed article and submit it for publication. The goal of this course is to aid participants in taking their papers from classroom quality to journal quality and in overcoming anxiety about academic publishing in the process. Students will be required to have completed 24 credits before taking this course. Prior to enrolling students must submit the paper they wish to improve to their program director for approval.

Course Schedule

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Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • CO-1: Design a strategy for writing.
  • CO-2: Implement a determined strategy for writing.
  • CO-3: Rate professional and academic journals based on their goodness of fit for the article under revision.
  • CO-4: Critique the work of others.
  • CO-5: Generate revised and strengthened sections of an article.
  • CO-6: Integrate the feedback given by others.
  • CO-7: Produce an article worthy of being presented at a conference or submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 50 percent

Each week, students will participate in an in-class exercise and a forum discussion designed to help them enhance their writing and further their article. Students are required to provide thoughtful responses to the exercise prompts by Tuesday at 11:55pm EST. The exercises will require peer collaboration so you will be asked to respond thoughtfully to your classmates throughout the week.

Weekly Exercises – 5 percent

You will have weekly assignments due - all of which will help you build up to your completely revised article.

Revised Article – 45 percent

This assignment is your completely revised article that incorporates all that you will learn in the class. The requirements for each article will be dependent upon the journal selected by the student. Please see the assignments tab for specific instructions.



Discussion Forums

Weekly Exercises

Revised Article





100 %

Book Title: Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success, 2nd ed.
Author: Belcher, W. L.
Publication Info: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226499918

Book Title:Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success, 2nd ed.
Publication Info:University of Chicago Press
Author:Belcher, W. L.
Unit Cost:$57.00
Electronic ISBN:9780226500089
Electronic Unit Cost:$59.99

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.