Writing and Publishing a Journal Article

Author

Kadir Jun Ayhan

Published

November 28, 2023

Syllabus (2023 Fall)

Course Title Writing and Publishing a Journal Article Course No.: IS709
Department/ Major GSIS Credit/ Hours: 3
Class time / Classroom Friday 15:30 – 18:15 / IEB 1001
Instructor Name: Kadir Jun Ayhan Department : GSIS
: ayhan ewha.ac.kr : 02-3277-4628
Office Hours/ Location Make an appointment here

1 Course Overview

1.1 Course Description

This graduate course is an introduction to academic publishing and is designed to give students in various GSIS majors practical experience in getting their papers published in academic peer-reviewed journals. The course explains the publication process to students and shares strategies for successful academic publications. The process includes setting up a work schedule, identifying appropriate academic journals for submission, working with journal editors, writing query letters, clarifying arguments, making claims for significance, and organizing material. In a supportive environment, participants revise a draft (such as a final paper or a conference paper etc.) into a peer-reviewed article and submit it for publication. The goal of this course is to aid students in taking their papers from classroom quality to journal quality and in overcoming anxiety about academic publishing in the process. This course uses Wendy Laura Belcher’s best-selling Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success (2nd edition) very closely.1

  • 1 Please note that I adapted this syllabus from Dr. Wendy Laura Belcher who was kind enough to share her syllabus with me for that purpose. If you would like to adapt the syllabus, please consult with Dr. Wendy Laura Belcher.

  • Some course details:

    • You cannot wait to read the workbook until the night before class, because it has daily tasks you must complete.

    • The class is part lecture, part workshop, that is, a combination of learning and doing. Thus, bring the required (hard or soft) copies if your work and Belcher’s workbook to every class.

    • If you ever finish a group exercise in class early, turn to revising your article. You should use some of every class time to push your article forward.

    • You can download and print out some of the forms in the book, such as the weekly calendars from Wendy Belcher’s website.

    • This class is a confidential place; do not discuss outside of class the comments and work you hear and see in class without your colleagues’ permission. People are bringing writing at every stage; they need to feel safe in sharing rough work.

    • Should you wish to comment on your journey through the workbook on social media, the hashtags are #WYJA and #12WeekArticle. Feel free also to mention @WendyLBelcher or @kadirayhan. Both of us respond to comments.

    1.2 Prerequisites

    You must have at least some draft (conference paper, unpublished manuscript, final paper etc.) to work with throughout the semester.

    Please note that it is extremely difficult to write a completely new journal article as part of this course while taking other courses (and working on other projects or working part time) during the semester.

    1.3 Course Format

    Lecture Discussion/ Presentation Experiment/ Practicum
    10% 40% 50%

    This course is designed in a workshop format. Each week, you will work on their manuscripts, preparing it for submission. I will give weekly feedback to you to improve their manuscripts. The class session will have lecture, discussion, group exercise and/ or presentations.

    1.4 Course Objectives

    Learning objectives:

    • Understanding how the academic publication process works.

    • Being able to polish drafts to make it publishable in academic journals.

    • Working in groups and providing peer feedback to each other.

    • Managing time and dividing complex goals into manageable tasks.

    1.5 Evaluation System

    Presentations and Participation Abstract Article Draft Final Revised Article Bonus Points: Article Submitted!
    30% 10% 20% 40% 5%

    Explanation of the evaluation system:

    Attendance, oral presentations, and participation in the course count for 30% of the grade. Writing assignments count for the rest: abstract (10%); article draft (20%); and final revised article (40%). You must complete all assignments in order to pass the course.

    I will grade final articles based on their

    1. stating an argument early and clearly;

    2. being carefully organized around that argument;

    3. linking to a relevant scholarly conversation; and

    4. providing pertinent evidence in support of the argument.

    Writing Assignments

    You have some writing due every week. I will not grade much of it, but you must submit them to pass the course. I will grade you on four assignments: presentations, abstract; article draft; and a final version of your article ready for sending to a journal. Due dates are in the Detailed Course Schedule. I will give extra credit to those students who actually submit their revised article to an appropriate journal and then forward to me the email from the journal acknowledging receipt of the article.

    Presentations

    You have three oral presentations:

    • In Week 2, you will propose your article that you plan to work on to get early feedback from me and your colleagues.

    • In the Week “Analyzing Your Evidence”, you will present an overview of your article (title, research context /literature review, argument, claim(s) for significance, research design/ method, evidence/ findings, and conclusion)

    • In the Week “Strengthening Your Structure”, you will present an updated version of the overview of your article, and a post-draft outline of your article.

    Reading Assignments

    You will have an average of 25 to 50 pages of Workbook reading (plus analyzing the structure of journal articles in your field for the given task of the week; and literature review and other content-related reading for your article) per week and will be required to complete the writing workbook’s tasks for that week and bring them to class for discussion. Always bring your writing workbook to class.

    2 Course Materials and Additional Readings

    2.1 Required Materials

    Belcher, W. L. (2019). Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks, Second Edition: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success (2nd ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (The first edition is fine as well but I highly recommend the second edition.)

    2.2 Supplementary Materials

    Refer to the detailed course schedule below.

    2.3 Optional Additional Readings

    Refer to the detailed course schedule below.

    3 Course Policies

    3.1 Citation and Plagiarism

    You must use proper citation and avoid plagiarism. Any citation style is fine as long as it is consistent throughout the paper. Plagiarism will not be tolerated and severely punished. The papers will be uploaded to Turnitin (via Cyber Campus).

    “Plagiarism: presenting others’ work without adequate acknowledgement of its source, as though it were one’s own. Plagiarism is a form of fraud. We all stand on the shoulders of others, and we must give credit to the creators of the works that we incorporate into products that we call our own. Some examples of plagiarism:

    • a sequence of words incorporated without quotation marks;

    • an unacknowledged passage paraphrased from another’s word;

    • the use of ideas, sound recordings, computer data or images created by others as though it were one’s own.” Source.

    See also this link.

    3.2 Late Submissions

    For late submissions, you will get 80% of your grading unless you have a valid excuse. You can always contact me if you have a valid excuse to ask for extension. I do not require students to submit official documents (doctor report etc.). Your word is enough for me.

    4 Course Schedule

    Week Date Topics & Class Materials, Assignments
    1 01 Sep Course Introduction
    2 08 Sep Article Proposals
    3 15 Sep Designing Your Plan for Writing
    4 22 Sep Advancing Your Argument
    5 29 Sep No Class (Make-up Class)
    6 06 Oct Abstracting Your Article
    7 13 Oct Selecting a Journal
    8 20 Oct Refining Your Works Cited
    9 27 Oct Crafting Your Claims for Significance
    10 30 Oct Analyzing Your Evidence
    11 10 Nov Presenting Your Evidence
    12 17 Nov No Class (Make-up Class)
    13 24 Nov Strengthening Your Structure
    14 27 Nov Opening and Concluding Your Article
    15 1 Dec Editing Your Sentences
    16 8 Dec Sending Your Article!
    17 15 Dec Sending Your Article! (continued)

    5 Detailed Course Schedule with Readings

    Week 1: Course Introduction

    Introduction of the course including course contents, assignments, and expectations.

    Next Week’s Assignment (to do for the next session):

    • Prepare a presentation of your article. Make sure to include your research question(s), argument(s), methodology, and projected tasks ahead to make it publishable.

    Week 2: Article Proposals

    Each student will present their journal article as it stands and get early feedback from the professor and colleagues.

    Next Week’s Assignment (to do for the next session):

    • Skim Belcher’s workbook Introduction and “Week 1: Designing Your Plan for Writing”, without doing the tasks, but pay close attention to the “Selecting a Paper for Revision” section and make sure that your paper is appropriate.

    Week 3: Designing Your Plan for Writing

    Belcher 2019, Introduction and Week 1, pp. 1-59.

    Next Week’s Assignment (to do for the next session):

    • Read Belcher’s workbook “Week 2: Advancing Your Argument”, filling out the boxes and forms and doing the tasks through the Day 1 tasks (pages 60-83). Do not do the Day 2-5 tasks; you will do them in class.

    • Read “Research Questions” section in Nick Huntington-Klein’s book, The Effect: An Introduction to Research Design and Causality. You can also watch it here.

    • Fill out your “Week 1 Calendar for Actual (Not Planned) Writing” each day.

    • Prepare a one-minute elevator talk on the argument of your article.

    Week 4: Advancing Your Argument

    Bring to class: Your filled out workbook, your filled out calendar, and a (soft or hard) copy of your article.

    Belcher 2019, Week 2, pp. 60-89.

    Next Week’s Assignment (to do for the next session):

    • Revise your article around your argument, using Week 2.

    • Read Belcher’s workbook “Week 3: Abstracting Your Article”, doing the tasks of reading published abstracts and journal articles, drafting an abstract, and filling out the forms and checklists. You do not need to do the social tasks, the ones that require you to talk with or work with someone else, as you will be doing those in class.

    • Be prepared to report on the published abstracts and journal articles you read. This is important!

    • Upload the final version of your abstract to Cyber Campus by the end of next class.

    Week 5: No Class (Make-up Class)

    No class. We have a make up class at the end of the semester.

    Week 6: Abstracting Your Article

    Bring to class: Your filled out workbook and a (hard or soft) copy of your abstract.

    Belcher 2019, Week 3, pp. 90-109.

    Next Week’s Assignment (to do for the next session):

    • Read Belcher’s workbook “Week 4: Selecting a Journal”, doing the tasks of searching for and studying journals. Make sure to fill out the Journal Evaluation Report on at least one journal.

    • Upload your top three journal choices to Cyber Campus by Week 7 session and be prepared to present on them in class.

    Week 7: Selecting a Journal

    Bring to class: Your filled-out workbook and a (hard or soft) copy of at least one journal evaluation report.

    Belcher 2019, Week 4, pp. 110-149.

    Next Week’s Assignment (to do for the next session):

    • Read Belcher’s workbook “Week 5: Refining Your Works Cited”, doing the tasks of evaluating your citations, identifying any needed other works, identifying your entry point, and revising your related secondary literature review.

    • Bring a (hard or soft) copy of your revised related secondary literature review

    Week 8: Refining Your Works Cited

    Bring to class: Your filled-out workbook and a (hard or soft) copy of your related literature review

    Belcher 2019, Week 5, pp. 150-189.

    Next Week’s Assignment (to do for the next session):

    • Revise your literature review, based on class feedback.

    • Read Belcher’s workbook “Week 6: Crafting Your Claims for Significance”, doing all the tasks except the “So What?” Exercise, which you will do in class.

    • Revise your literature review, based on class feedback.

    • Upload three claims for significance to Cyber Campus by class time.

    Week 9: Crafting Your Claims for Significance

    Bring to class: Your filled-out workbook.

    Belcher 2019, Week 6, pp. 190-215.

    Next Week’s Assignment (to do for the next session):

    • Insert your new claims for significance into your article.

    • Read Belcher’s workbook “Week 7: Analyzing Your Evidence”, doing the tasks of highlighting the evidence in your article with various colors, analyzing the quality of evidence, and beginning to collect more if needed and possible.

    • Create and bring a seven-slide presentation overview of your article, with one slide per the following: title, research context (literature review), argument, claim(s) for significance, research design/ method, evidence/ findings, and conclusion. Be prepared to make a five-minute presentation with it. Upload your presentation to Cyber Campus before class time.

    Week 10: Analyzing Your Evidence

    Bring to class: Your filled-out workbook.

    Belcher 2019, Week 7, pp. 216-237.

    Next Week’s Assignment (to do for the next session):

    • Revise article based on class discussion about your evidence and argument.

    • Read Belcher’s workbook “Week 8: Presenting Your Evidence”, doing the tasks of filling out the forms and revising your evidence.

    • Upload the draft of your entire article to Cyber Campus by class time.

    • Bring a (hard or soft) copy to class for the exchange exercise.

    Week 11: Presenting Your Evidence

    Bring to class: Your filled-out workbook and a (hard or soft) copy of your entire article as it stands

    Belcher 2019, Week 8, pp. 238-255.

    Next Week’s Assignment (to do for the next session):

    • Revise article based on class discussion about your presentation of evidence.

    • Read Belcher’s workbook “Week 9: Strengthening Your Structure”, doing the tasks of outlining a published journal article, making a post-draft outline of your article, and starting to restructure your article as needed.

    • Update your seven-slide presentation overview of your article and upload it to Cyber Campus.

    • Prepare a presentation of the post-draft outline of your article. Keep the description of each section brief, so that you can get the whole outline on one or two slides but without the font size going below 14 points. Upload the presentation to Cyber Campus.

    • You will present both updated overview of your article and the post-draft outline next week.

    Week 12: No Class (Make-up Class)

    No class

    Week 13: Strengthening Your Structure

    Bring to class: Your filled-out workbook and your presentation of your outline.

    Belcher 2019, Week 9, pp. 256-279.

    Next Week’s Assignment (to do for the next session):

    • Revise article based on class discussion about your outline and structure.

    • Read Belcher’s workbook “Week 10: Opening and Concluding Your Article”, doing the tasks of revising your title, introduction, abstract, and conclusion.

    • Bring your title to class.

    Week 14: Opening and Concluding Your Article

    Bring to class: Your filled-out workbook and your title.

    Belcher 2019, Week 10, pp. 280-307.

    Next Week’s Assignment (to do for the next session):

    • Insert revised title into article.

    • Read Belcher’s workbook “Week 11: Editing Your Sentences”, and do the tasks, including running the Belcher Diagnostic Test on your article, highlighting it with various colors, and beginning to revise your article accordingly.

    • Upload to Cyber Campus a sentence from your article with a lot of highlighting in different colors (at least three colors, the more the better).

    Week 15 Editing Your Sentences

    Bring to class: Your filled-out workbook and a (hard or soft) copy of one highlighted page from your article.

    Belcher 2019, Week 11, pp. 308-329.

    Next Week’s Assignment (to do for the next session):

    • Revise article according to the feedback.

    • Read Belcher’s workbook “Week 12: Sending Your Article!”, doing the tasks of putting your article in the journal’s style and filling out the checklists.

    Week 16: Sending Your Article!

    Bring to class: Your filled-out workbook.

    Belcher 2019, Week 12-13, pp. 330-389.

    Next Week’s Assignment (to do for the next session):

    • Upload your article to Cyber Campus and submit it to the journal!

    Week 17: Sending Your Article! (continued)

    Upload your article to Cyber Campus and submit it to the journal and celebrate ! We will have a wrap-up session today.

    6 Special Accommodations

    • According to the University regulation section #57-3, students with disabilities can request for special accommodations related to attendance, lectures, assignments, or tests by contacting the course professor at the beginning of semester. Based on the nature of the students’ request, students can receive support for such accommodations from the course professor or from the Support Center for Students with Disabilities (SCSD). Please refer to the below examples of the types of support available in the lectures, assignments, and evaluations.
    Lecture Assignments Evaluation
    Visual impairment: braille, enlarged reading materials. Hearing impairment: note-taking assistant. Physical impairment: access to classroom, note-taking assistant. Extra days for submission, alternative assignments. Visual impairment: braille examination paper, examination with voice support, longer examination hours, note-taking assistant. Hearing impairment: written examination instead of oral. Physical impairment: longer examination hours, note-taking assistant.
    • Actual support may vary depending on the course.

    • If you have other special needs, please let me know. I will do my best to flexibly accommodate your needs.

    Notes

    The contents of this syllabus are not final. I may update them later.

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