How to Get Published as a Graduate Student

Learn how to conceptualize an academic manuscript and see it through to publication.
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  • Lectures 30
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2014 English

Course Description

This course will get you started on your way to a successful academic publishing career! You will learn how to:

    ·see a manuscript through from conceptualization to publication

    ·develop habits that will support your writing

    ·anticipate (and survive!) common pitfalls in academic writing and publishing

You will also learn what to expect after you submit a manuscript for review and how to respond in an appropriate and timely manner to decision letters.

This course is intended to be used in two ways:

    ·to provide you with an overview of the academic writing and publication process

    ·to return to when you need specific help with a part of the overall process

The course is structured in a linear manner (from manuscript conceptualization to publication). However, feel free to move around as needed as most lectures can be viewed as stand-alone.

What are the requirements?

  • A general idea of what you would like to write about for an academic manuscript

What am I going to get from this course?

  • explain how an article moves from conceptualization to publication
  • identify one-three journals that are suitable outlets for your work
  • respond to decision letters in an appropriate and timely manner
  • develop habits that will support your academic writing

Who is the target audience?

  • Graduate Students
  • Assistant Professors

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Section 1: Course Introduction
1 page

Welcome to the course! Learn what to expect and what you will get out of it.

Meet Your Instructor
How to Take This Course
1 page

You will learn the important benefits of taking the time to write and publish while in graduate school.

1 page

Complete a short survey to gauge your confidence about the different stages of the writing and publishing process.

Section 2: Getting Started

Get the big picture of the publication process. Learn what to expect once you submit a manuscript for publication.


Do you know you're already doing the work necessary to get published? Get some ideas on where to draw your papers from.


Learn what you need to consider when identifying places to publish.


Learn techniques that can support collaborative writing.


Read through your journals and get familiar with them before you start writing.

Section 3: Before You Begin Writing

Learn what a mentor text is, how to identify them and how they can help you in your writing.


Learn the five habits you can cultivate to support your success as an author.

Section 4: The Messy Business of Writing

It's time to start working on your draft! Learn some simple ways to be successful at it.


Did you know that reading while working on your draft can help improve the quality of your paper?


Learn some of the common problems authors often have in their manuscripts so you can fix them in advance.


Getting feedback on your draft is critical. I will talk to you about when to get that feedback, how to ask for it, and who to select.

Section 5: Before You Send It Out

Learn how to spot and correct common mistakes before you send your manuscript out for review.


How do you know when your manuscript is ready to send out? There's no fool-proof method, but I provide you with some strategies.

Section 6: What Happens Next?

You've submitted your manuscript for review. Now what?


We all get rejected. Learn what to do when it happens to you.


What happens when you get a decision of revise and resubmit? Learn how to handle and respond to the revisions so you can move your article up to an Accept with Revisions.


What happens when you manuscript gets that long waited acceptance letter?

Section 7: Constructing Your Manuscript
Overview for Constructing Your Manuscript

Let's get started with methods. I discuss how I think about structuring my methods section and why I have particular kinds of content.


In this section, I discuss how to write up information about your participants.

Writing Your Methods: Part 3
Writing Your Findings
Writing Your Discussion
Section 8: Course Wrap-Up

You've written a manuscript and sent it out for review. What should you do now?

1 page
Revisit the survey from the beginning of course to see how you understandings about academic publishing have grown.

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Instructor Biography

Leigh Hall, Associate Professor; University of North Carolina

Dr. Leigh A. Hall is an Associate Professor of Literacy Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She began publishing academic manuscripts during her second year as a doctoral student at Michigan State University. By the time she earned her Ph.D., Dr. Hall had five manuscripts published or in press. To date, she has published 26 manuscripts in top-tier academic journals including The Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, and Research in the Teaching of English. Dr. Hall has extensive experience in writing, publishing, and reviewing manuscripts and in working with novices in learning how to navigate the publishing process.

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