Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success

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"This book is a wonderful addition to a graduate course on professional writing, to a writers' group in need of some structure, or even to the lone writer who needs assistance becoming an academic writer."
—Chronicle of Higher Education

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 FeaturesHas 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.

Praise for Wendy Belcher and Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks

"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

“A useful text that will be an excellent resource for any writer attempting to publish their work.”
—Larry Chandler, Graduate Student

“Wendy Belcher's book is revolutionizing the way younger scholars perceive academic publishing and radically transforming their level of access to it (and consequently to the profession). It is by far the most readable or practical guide to academic writing on the market.”
—Beth Goodhue, UCLA

“Wendy's guidance has been a tremendous help to me, and the book is great for grad students, junior faculty, or anyone who wants to learn how to write and publish more effectively.”
-Jake Dorman, The University of Kansas

“Your book struck such a nerve because there is a long chain of assumptions in academia that scholars should just know how to do certain things. The relief among faculty is palpable when I explain in groups that few of us — even those who have been published in journals — were ever taught properly. And although it helps everyone who cracks it, your book is especially a godsend for faculty from other cultures.” -Carole Sargent, Georgetown University

“Thanks for your wonderful book!”
-Georgina Green, Graduate Student

“Absolutely LOVE the book!”
-Karra Bikson, Graduate Student

Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 1st edition (February 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141295701X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412957014
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds

Customer Reviews

It can be done… no really!

3 people found this helpful.
 on October 3, 2014
By Professor Fangirl
Writing a journal article seems impossible in its own right, but sounds even more so when it’s supposed to happen in 12 weeks. However, Belcher’s plan is actually helpful and doable. Even if it takes more than 12 weeks, there’s some helpful tips and truths in Belcher’s book that can at least get you started, many of which I pulled from while finishing my dissertation. Her section on writing arguments is so clear and concise I’ve actually started using it to teach my Freshman Comp courses. I highly recommend this book, and that doesn’t happen often when it comes to “here’s how to write” guides. Belcher doesn’t offer platitudes or false hope – she’s very realistic about how the writing process works.

A perfect reference for the academic

One person found this helpful.
 on April 25, 2016
By Ellen
THIS is the book that should be on the shelves of all faculty and in every academic library. I bought it just as I was handing in my dissertation, preparing to move on publishing the ‘D’ as articles. When hit a brick wall of major revisions on the dissertation, the revisions process outlined in this book gave invaluable information to jump through that last hoop.

The book to get tenure…

4 people found this helpful.
 on November 14, 2013
By Heather
I owe tenure to this book. Return to it with each publication and each revision. Worth owning just for the writing test. Some chapters I use more than others. I wish there was a writing your grant in 12 weeks. Some “weeks” actually take me a long day, others I skip because I already know what journal I have my sights on. Still, a book well worth the money. This book does what the editors do at my scholarly writing workshops, but throughout the year to maintain a sustained publication record.

Excellent material, just a bit long

One person found this helpful.
 on July 19, 2016
By Dr. G
Excellent book! Very practical, useful tips grounded in reality and positivity instead of scare tactics like some academics like to use with writing rookies. Helps one focus and parcel tasks out in a sensible way. My complaint is that its just a bit too long – could be more concise. The book should be more easily digested. But I plan to teach classes from it in the future – I highly recommend it!

Clear and focused with excellent examples. Immediately got me writing after an eight …

 on August 25, 2016
By T. Mc. P.
Clear and focused with excellent examples. Immediately got me writing after an eight month writer’s block. A few suggestions, i.e. Physically visiting journal stacks, are becoming outdated. Our library doesn’t stock books, so a revision to focus on electronic databases and journals would be more helpful. While not all of the tops were applicable and didn’t necessarily work for my style, but this book is well worth it! Talking about what to expect from reviewers, emphasis on peer feedback, and discussing the irrationality of my fears of writing was really fantastic.

Great Book. Opt for the paper version over the Kindle

One person found this helpful.
 on March 20, 2015
By Randy S
I wanted to give it 4.5 stars. I purchased the Kindle version first and then the paper version. This has a strong workbook feel that is hard to capture with the Kindle version. That said, the book offers practical and useful actionable steps to writing and getting published. It is not just a cerebral read or one of those “just set time aside each day and you will succeed” books. The steps work you from concept to publication in a way that makes sense. I agree with others that the time frame could be reduced.

Great resource for getting started and staying focused

 on October 25, 2016
By Amazon Customer
Great resource for getting started and staying focused. I took the advice of the author and started a writing group that is focused on getting an article complete and published. We have gotten much further than I ever did on my own. I actually feel like an article will happen. The book breaks down the steps and makes the process less confusing. If you are someone that needs to publish or you will perish you need this book.

Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks

3 people found this helpful.
 on January 17, 2012
By drtmm17
I purchased this book after reading the reviews that had been posted by others who had purchased and used this book. Overall, opinions were positive and I found that they were well founded in their praise. Belcher presents the steps for successful journal article writing in clear, concise and, the most valuable, workable steps. Thanks to the reviewer who recommended a hard copy of the book rather than the Kindle edition as this is a text that doubles as a workbook.

Belcher hits a home run! Great for graduate students entering academia

 on December 8, 2014
By doc355
Wendy Belcher has produced a gem for any graduate student/doctoral student who wants to submit an article to a journal. This book provides clear and specific strategies and activities to keep motivated. I also appreciate that a major goal of this book is to encourage the writer to set aside 15-60 minutes of writing per day…something I learned earlier in the year and that has done wonders for me.

A must for academics seeking tenure

53 people found this helpful.
 on July 7, 2009
By Mary Beth Averill
This hefty book (350 letter-sized pages) takes the reader through designing a writing plan, starting the article, selecting a journal, reviewing the literature, writing the article, getting feedback, editing the article and sending it out. Week X, which happens when you get the response back from the journal, is about dealing with the journal’s response to your submission. Each chapter presents a lot of information in the instruction section along with workbook questions to fill in. The Daily Tasks section that follows tells the article writer what to do on a day by day basis. While this book may be too structured for successful academic writers, it’s a good starting point for new writers and academics having trouble getting articles accepted.

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