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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 1 edition (28 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141295701X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412957014
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
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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)

About the Author

Wendy Laura Belcher is an award-winning author, academic editor, international lecturer, and professor. She designed one of the first publication focused writing courses for graduate students and junior faculty in the nation, and for ten years has conducted such courses at the University of California, Los Angeles, and in research institutions around the world, including those in Norway, Malawi, Sudan, and Egypt. These popular workshops are based on her twenty years of experience as an academic editor, including eleven years managing an ethnic studies press and the peer-reviewed journal of record in the field, Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, as well as her two master’s degrees in the social sciences and a doctorate in the humanities.

 

She is also a published nonfiction author, whose memoir about her childhood in Ethiopia and Ghana, Honey from the Lion: An African Journey, won a Washington State Governor’s Writers Award and honorable mention in the Martha Albrand/PEN Society Award for first book of nonfiction. She is now an assistant professor of African literature in the Princeton University Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for African American Studies.


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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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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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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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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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This book is actually proving me wrong!!! I didn't imagine how it would work but it does and its got me back into my writing and feeling very positive and inspired. The author is very helpful and practical. I feel confident I will get my article finished in the time plan. I think this is worth buying if for example you have recently got a PhD and feel a bit overwhelmed by the pressure to publish.
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