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



Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing SuccessWow No One Ever Told Me This Wendy Laura Belcher Has Heard This Countless Times Throughout Her Years Of Teaching And Advising Academics On How To Write Journal Articles Scholars Know They Must Publish, But Few Have Been Told How To Do So So Belcher Made It Her Mission To Demystify The Writing Process The Result Was Writing Your Journal Article In Twelve Weeks, Which Takes This Overwhelming Task And Breaks It Into Small, Manageable Steps For The Past Decade, This Guide Has Been The Go To Source For Those Creating Articles For Peer Reviewed Journals It Has Enabled Thousands To Overcome Their Anxieties And Produce The Publications That Are Essential To Succeeding In Their Fields.With This New Edition, Belcher Expands Her Advice To Reach Beginning Scholars In Even Disciplines She Builds On Feedback From Professors And Graduate Students Who Have Successfully Used The Workbook To Complete Their Articles A New Chapter Addresses Scholars Who Are Writing From Scratch This Edition Also Includes Targeted Exercises And Checklists, As Well As The Latest Research On Productivity And Scholarly Writing Writing Your Journal Article In Twelve Weeks Is The Only Reference To Combine Expert Guidance With A Step By Step Workbook Each Week, Readers Learn A Feature Of Strong Articles And Work On Revising Theirs Accordingly Every Day Is Mapped Out, Taking The Guesswork And Worry Out Of Writing There Are Tasks, Templates, And Reminders At The End Of Twelve Weeks, Graduate Students, Recent PhDs, Postdoctoral Fellows, Adjunct Instructors, Junior Faculty, And International Faculty Will Feel Confident They Know That The Rules Of Academic Publishing And Have The Tools They Need To Succeed.

Professor Wendy Laura Belcher is an associate professor of African literature with a joint appointment in the Princeton University Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for African American Studies Working at the intersection of diaspora, postcolonial, and eighteenth century studies, she has a special interest in the literatures of Ethiopia and Ghana and a multi book comparative project demonstrating how African thought has animated British and European canonical literature This includes the widely reviewed book that was a finalist for the Bethwell A Ogot Award for best book on East Africa Abyssinia s Samuel Johnson Ethiopian Thought in the Making of an English Author Oxford, May 2012 , which theorizes the discursive possession of English authors and texts The next part of the project is in progress, a book titled The Black Queen of Sheba A Global History of an African Idea, about the circulation of Ethiopian thought in Europe from 1000 to 2000 from

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  • Paperback
  • 427 pages
  • Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success
  • Wendy Laura Belcher
  • English
  • 27 May 2019
  • 022649991X

10 thoughts on “Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success

  1. Dr.Given says:

    One of the reasons I rated this book so highly was the fact that I had the opportunity to use it as a part of a graduate class on revising writing It was the most useful class of my doctoral work and I wish I had taken the course earlier The book is well organized, clear, direct, and gives structured guidelines for revising a piece of work for submission for publication As a novice writer in the academic sense, I found the book helpful for making sure one starts writing and keeps writing thro One of the reasons I rated this book so highly was the fact that I had the opportunity to use it as a part of a graduate class on revising writing It was the most useful class of my doctoral work and I wish I had taken the course earlier The book is well organized, clear, direct, and gives structured guidelines for revising a piece of work for submission for publication As a novice writer in the academic sense, I found the book helpful for making sure one starts writing and keeps writing through to completion and submission I also appreciated the acknowledgement of the craft of writing as a challenge for all levels of learners and scholars which helped me to overcome my own doubts about writing If you are interested in becoming aprolific writer or need motivation to get working on that article, thesis, or dissertation, this might be a good tool for your arsenal

  2. Katrina says:

    I used this book, with some adaptations, to teach MA students in my department how to write a thesis proposal At the same time I used it to revise and resubmit an article and shared my process with the students My article was accepted before the quarter s end, and this book helped that happen.

  3. Lindsay says:

    Belcher s book is a wonderful reference that can be used for anyone looking to publish for the first time in the social sciences, humanities, and education However, the resources provided in the text such as the weekly writing schedules and the tips for macro and micro editing are relevant and useful even to those authors publishing for the tenth time With the help of Belcher, writing and editing has become a habit where only a few hours a week blossom into completed texts ready to be sent out Belcher s book is a wonderful reference that can be used for anyone looking to publish for the first time in the social sciences, humanities, and education However, the resources provided in the text such as the weekly writing schedules and the tips for macro and micro editing are relevant and useful even to those authors publishing for the tenth time With the help of Belcher, writing and editing has become a habit where only a few hours a week blossom into completed texts ready to be sent out for peer review in 12 weeks Her unapologetic lists of if this, then cut that force writers to take a much harder look at their work to avoid unnecessary though often present side trips in their writing as well as making sure that default phrases such as however , showcased , and demonstrated do not appear 50 times per page She instills those long forgotten grammar rules about the actual use of the semicolon, the splitting of infinitives, and reminds authors that their they re often don t belong there Belcher s book goes beyond just the writing, and editing and takes you into the world of peer review, rejection letters, revise and resubmits, into journal backlogs, query letters, and the sigh of relief to finally be in press I m giving this text 5 stars because Belcher made publication in 12 weeks possible and this book will undoubtedly leave my shelf whenever I have a manuscript that I think is ready to become a published piece

  4. Gloria says:

    Overall, the book is definitely highly structured and good for those who need a great deal of help managing their time in what is always an onerous task Found lots of confirmation about what I already teach while coaching graduate students Good description of the academic journal landscape introduced throughout her lesson plan, which can be helpful for first time writers.Fantastic example of original version, plagiarized version, borderline plagiarized and correctly summarized text which shoul Overall, the book is definitely highly structured and good for those who need a great deal of help managing their time in what is always an onerous task Found lots of confirmation about what I already teach while coaching graduate students Good description of the academic journal landscape introduced throughout her lesson plan, which can be helpful for first time writers.Fantastic example of original version, plagiarized version, borderline plagiarized and correctly summarized text which should stop many graduate students and researchers in their tracks Should I cite it as an example for my students I m lazy about creating one myself, I admit.Overall good reference It is expensive, I think, but it is cheaper than attending a 12 week writing workshop support group

  5. Leah says:

    Super disappointed This book should be title REVISING Your Jounal Article in 12 Weeks It is completely based on the assumption that you have an existing paper you want to turn into a journal style article and doesn t provide help with the actual writing process when starting from scratch I ll come back to this book when I m ready to revise I guess, because I do think it would be useful for that.

  6. Kharah says:

    Keep in mind that when Belcher says 12 weeks, that s not 12 weeks from scratch but 12 weeks to take an essentially written project and convert it into something publishable My take is that this is largely geared towards people who have little to no publishing writing experience and who don t seem to have mentors supervisors advisers who are invested in teaching their students about writing and publishing in their area So if you have writing experience and or a solid advisor to coach you along, Keep in mind that when Belcher says 12 weeks, that s not 12 weeks from scratch but 12 weeks to take an essentially written project and convert it into something publishable My take is that this is largely geared towards people who have little to no publishing writing experience and who don t seem to have mentors supervisors advisers who are invested in teaching their students about writing and publishing in their area So if you have writing experience and or a solid advisor to coach you along, this book might not be all that helpful.I did like the part about turning writing into a social process very true, and often overlooked understated Frankly, most of this material is also covered in Silvia s How to Write A Lot, which is alsocondensed I was a little puzzled by the order of the writing steps suggested, but that could be a difference between fields for all I know Particularly, coming up with arguments preceded a discussion of a lit review Now, true, this is meant to turn an already mostly written piece into publishable material, so I m assuming a lit review was done done at some point Nonetheless, lit reviews should happen really early in the process, and will go a long way to shape an argument And picking a journal oddly preceded the lit review Often you get an idea of what sort of journal will take your work based on where cited works have already been published, and you can t really pick an appropriate journal until the shape and flavour of the article has been sufficiently established

  7. Katie says:

    A helpful guide to taking a rough project or paper and polishing it into a publishable journal article in three months I m a little skeptical that the distribution of work over 12 weeks is reasonable there are some weeks that could be accomplished in an hour or two, while there are others that will eat up most of your week But it s nevertheless a nice guide, and I m hoping it will give some shape and drive to the sorts of projects that can tend to linger unfinished for months on end Sorry I A helpful guide to taking a rough project or paper and polishing it into a publishable journal article in three months I m a little skeptical that the distribution of work over 12 weeks is reasonable there are some weeks that could be accomplished in an hour or two, while there are others that will eat up most of your week But it s nevertheless a nice guide, and I m hoping it will give some shape and drive to the sorts of projects that can tend to linger unfinished for months on end Sorry I haven t been around to comment on what I m sure are lovely reviews, Goodreads friends This semester is eating up all of my time

  8. Kristi Wyatt says:

    This book has helped me begin to work through my writing paralysis I think I will refer to it often in the future.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    This was one of the most thorough and clearly laid out books on academic writing I ve seen Belcher is not only encouraging emotionally , she also provides pragmatic and realistic advice for how to prepare articles for publication She is especially good at explaining what makes article writing different than writing for other genres, and she provides clear examples for modeling Highly recommended.

  10. Nmyers says:

    Had to stop reading this, it was too easy to procrastinate on reading over writing Finally got some articles written and now to an APA editor The deadline approaching did the magic This book is really gearedtoward editing an idea or article that is already written rather than starting from scratch.

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