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

Fall 2009


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46795 W
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
BUR 231

Course Description

The ability to publish in professional journals and books 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. The central goals of this seminar are threefold: (1) to provide an introduction to the process of publishing articles and books in sociology; (2) to aid students in honing their own work for submission to a peer-reviewed journal or comparable outlet; and (3) to improve students' writing skills. Students who take this course for credit should already have in mind a manuscript (dissertation/book chapter or article) they plan to revise for submission 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 manuscripts. There are three parts 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 decision-making; handling revise/resubmit verdicts; book publishing; and a host of others. Next we will spend time learning about the craft and art of writing, regardless of topic or outlet. We will read and discuss two short books on writing, and will edit samples of our own work, applying what we’ve learned. During the final segment of the course, students will concentrate solely on revising their own manuscripts, in consultation with the instructor.


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