Writing for Publication

Graduate Student Resource Center

Journal Articles

An Introduction to Publishing Journal Articles (workshop)
Thinking about preparing an article manuscript for submission? Based on Wendy Belcher's workbook, Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks, this workshop focuses on the aspects of the process of getting an article published that most differ from other graduate work, such as selecting appropriate journals and interacting with editors. It discusses how to structure an article as well as the writing and revision process. Click here for the workshop video. (Approx. 1 hour, 20 mins.) This workshop was recorded in 2016.

Introduction to Publishing Journal Articles in the Humanities (workshop)
The purpose of this workshop is to describe the process for publishing a journal article in the Humanities, including choosing a paper to submit, revision and editing strategies, journal selection, and addressing feedback. Click here for the workshop video. (Approx. 40 mins.) This workshop was recorded in 2018.

Belcher, W. L. (2019). Writing your journal article in twelve weeks: A guide to academic publishing success. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (2nd edition)
This workbook takes the approach to scheduling and work style that productivity scholars recommend and tailors its advice to the specificity of the journal article for humanities and social scientists. It is helpful on several fronts: first, in breaking down the process of writing the article into manageable parts and second, in explaining several other genres that graduate students need to be aware of, particularly the abstract.

Book Publication

UCLA Editor in Residence Program : UCLA Humanities Division has hosted a number of talks by editors of academic presses who have presented on how to prepare book proposals and book publications. See especially the video archive of these presentations, which for the most part require a UCLA login.

The Association of University Presses provides a resource page for prospective faculty authors, including a page that provides resources for finding a publisher. The web page on finding a publisher links to an annual subject area grid that indicates which publishers have strong interests in which fields and sub-fields. There are additional resources on university presses and advice about getting published.