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Christine L. Williams, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Spring 2008


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46810 T
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
BUR 214

Course Description

The ability to publish research in professional journals is an important skill for sociologists and other social scientists, and the demonstration of this skill is increasingly a key to success on the academic job market, even for newly-minted PhDs. The central goals of this seminar are twofold: (1) to provide an introduction to the process of publishing articles in sociology; and (2) to aid students in honing their own work for submission to a peer- reviewed journal or comparable outlet. NOTE: Students who take this course for credit should already have in mind a paper they plan to revise into a journal manuscript by the end of the semester. Much of our effort during the semester will be devoted to the process of critiquing and revising (and in some cases, completely overhauling) these papers. There are three segments to the course. During the first few meetings, we will explore a wide range of publication issues, including: the production and successful marketing of journal articles; the peer-review process; editorial decisionmaking; handling revise/resubmit verdicts; and a host of others. Next we will review and critique papers that have been written by seminar members. During the final segment of the course, students will concentrate solely on revising their own papers, in consultation with the instructor.


There will be one coursepak containing overviews of the publication process, sample manuscripts and reviews, and other materials. This will be available from Paradigm, 24th and Guadalupe (472-7986) early in the semester. In addition, although they are not required, some students may wish to acquire or consult the following books: Howard S. Becker, Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis (University of Chicago Press, 1986); Chris Hart, Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Social Science Research Imagination (Sage, 1999); and one of the style manuals published by the Modern Language Association or other professional organizations.


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