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FASS521 Writing for Publication (Second/Third/Final Year Students only)


Module description

This two-day intensive, workshop-based, course will offer information and advice on the world of academic publishing, and will be of particular interest to those who wish to continue in academia after graduating. The first day will focus on how to get your work published in academic journals, while the second will offer insights into academic book publishing (with a particular focus on what you would need to turn your PhD into a book). The morning session (day one) will centre on practical examples of what is involved in submitting an article to a refereed journal (eg guidelines and protocols, 'referee' report forms, acceptance and rejection letters - and how to respond to them), while the afternoon session will help participants to prepare a piece of writing of their choice (eg section of thesis or conference paper) for publication. In advance of this, they will be requested to 'target' (ie 'select') an academic journal that appears to be a suitable home for their research and do a short presentation on why it has been chosen, after which advice will be offered on how best to select work for publication and write an abstract to send to the journal. This session will also include discussion of 'what makes a good journal article' (as opposed to a 'good PhD chapter', a 'good conference paper', a 'good essay' etc) with reference to specific examples (downloaded from the VLE in advance: instructions to be sent to participants shortly before the course is due to run). The one-day workshop on book publishing, meanwhile, will begin with a session on 'book proposals' (including the analysis of 'real-life' examples) and, in the afternoon, discussion on what is involved in turning your PhD into a book via the case study of a successful author. We will also explore writing book chapters for edited collections.

NB Because this course is workshop-based and includes participant presentation it will be necessary to restrict numbers to30 maximum. It is also important that participants attend BOTH sessions for each of the days (as the afternoon session will presume knowledge of information provided in the morning session), though they may elect to attend just ONE of the days (ie EITHER the session on journal publishing OR the one on book publishing) if they so wish. The module is also offered by distance learning (FASS521d).

The two morning sessions will include a short coffee break.



This module is for 2nd, 3rd or final year full-time students and for part-time students in their third or subsequent years ONLY


Timing and Location




04/12/14 - 05/12/14

Number of sessions:

2 x 3 hour and 2 x 2 hour sessions

Timing and Location:

Thursday: 10.00-1.00 Bowland Seminar Room 6; 2.00-4.00 Charles Carter A19

Friday: 10.00-1.00 Charles Carter A19; 2.00-4.00 Bowland Seminar Room 23


Additional information

Available to 2nd, 3rd or final year full-time students and part-time students in their third or subsequent years ONLY

Minimum quota: 6

Maximum quota: 30

Charge to non-FASS departments: £222


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