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Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success [Kindle Edition]

Wendy Laura Belcher
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"Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks is the one book I would most recommend to inexperienced academic authors in the humanities or social sciences who seriously wish to see their scholarly work in print. Other books may be quicker to read, but I doubt if any would ultimately prove to be as effective." (Steven E. Gump 2010-03-15)

"Thorough, beautifully organized, and humane.  This is a welcome light on a dark process." (Kevin Peterson 2010-12-07)

"Belcher's book uses an interactive format to help writers develop a manuscript for submission from a pre-existing text such as a dissertation/thesis... When I used this book to teach writing for publication, doctorial students responded enthusiastically to the format and tone, which bolstered their confidence and enabled them to confront displacement activities." (Mary Jane Curry)

"While addressing the sometimes-unsearchable field of scholarly writing and publishing, Wendy Belcher uses unpretentious, contemporary, and even witty prose that is simultaneously captivating and informative." (Grant Eckstein 2010-05-03)

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"A comprehensive, well-written and beautifully organized book on publishing articles in the humanities and social sciences that will help its readers write forward with a first-rate guide as good company."
-Joan Bolker, author of Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day

“Humorous, direct, authentic … a seamless weave of experience, anecdote, and research.”
-Kathleen McHugh, professor and director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Wendy Laura Belcher’s Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success is a revolutionary approach to enabling academic authors to overcome their anxieties and produce the publications that are essential to succeeding in their fields. Each week, readers learn a particular feature of strong articles and work on revising theirs accordingly. At the end of twelve weeks, they send their article to a journal. This invaluable resource is the only guide that focuses specifically on publishing humanities and social science journal articles.

Key Features

  • Has a proven record of helping graduate students and professors get published: This workbook, developed over a decade of teaching scholarly writers in a range of disciplines at UCLA and around the world, has already helped hundreds to publish their articles in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Demystifies the academic publishing process: This workbook is based on actual research about faculty productivity and peer review, students’ writing triumphs and failures, as well as the author’s experiences as a journal editor and award-winning author.
  • Proceeds step by manageable step: Within the context of clear deadlines, the workbook provides the instruction, exercises, and structure needed to revise a classroom essay, conference paper, dissertation chapter, master’s thesis, or unfinished draft into a journal article and send it to a suitable journal.
  • Targets the biggest writing challenges: This workbook focuses squarely on the most difficult tasks facing scholarly writers, such as getting motivated, making an argument, and creating a logical whole.

Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks can be used individually or in groups, and is particularly appropriate for graduate student professional development courses, junior faculty orientation workshops, post-doc groups, and journal article writing courses.

Wendy Laura Belcher is assistant professor of African literature at Princeton University in the Department of Comparative Literature and Center for African American Studies. She has taught journal article writing workshops in North America, Europe, and Africa.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2814 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc; 1st edition (13 Feb. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002W5GPZ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #233,434 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By S. Bull
I reviewed a large number of guides to academic publishing. This book stands head and shoulders above the rest and is the only book I recommend to colleagues and students. It's a very valuable resource for those looking to move from thesis to article and those preparing their early articles for academic publication. The author is a published academic who has taught journal writing for over a decade and it shows - this is a very detailed breakdown of what an article needs to achieve to be publishable, how to get there, and a wealth of related materials such as selecting the right journal and perfecting the abstract(and why that's important), and the many obstacles faced by junior and senior authors. It includes a number of valuable examples. The text is much more substantive than the many guides written by academics who've just had sucess publishing in their own fields.

This book is likely to be more valuable for those working in the humanities and social sciences than those working in pure and quantitative scientific disciplines. Some of the very detailed framework and instructions for how to achieve certain stages of article preparation may seem patronising - but are informative and worth glancing through even if the proposed framework isn't followed. The book is tailored for a US market and has a slightly patronising approach to apparently quirky and amateur-led UK and European journals but given the international nature of academic publishing much of the material is very relevant in the UK and beyond. The book is focused on revising already prepared material into publishable journal articles but is also likely to be valuable for those looking to start an article from scratch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Effective academic writing made easy 26 July 2011
By jack
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This is an excellent guide to article writing and is equally appropriate for lengthier research work.It can be adapted to chapter writing for example. It is based on a 12-week course but could be done in a shorter time depending on one's personal experience, style ,etc.It is well-rooted in the experiences of a wide number of peoople so is not just one person's views, despite the authorship. There are many relevant examples. What I particularly liked about it was that it is realistic about an individual's motivation, (or lack of it!) reluctance to write more than 20 minutes a day, and so on.
I thoroughly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring book for academics with writer's block 13 Aug. 2013
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This book relieved my writer's block first and foremost by taking away the shame connected with it. Noting how common writer's block is among academics, and how little academic work acutally gets published helped me face my emotions about writing. Belcher's book gives concrete pointers for how to get started again. One major thought she conveys is that everybody can write at least 15 minutes a day, no matter how busy their schedules are. It works! A slow start does help you develop your ideas. The only thing I would have liked to hear more about is generating new ideas for articles. Belcher bases her 12 week writing program on preparing a draft that you already have for publication. There are still loads of tips about how to go about getting into writing again, though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.. 12 Jan. 2013
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I rarely write reviews about books. Mostly because I just haven't found a book that exceptionally delivers what it promises without being dry.

I am on week 2 of the workbook and I cannot extol the virtues of this book enough. Any early career researcher/ doctoral candidate struggling with writing and is serious about improving needs to read this book.
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