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Revising and Submitting for Publication

with Dr. Diana L. Gustafson

January 14th, 2023
2:00 p.m. - 6:20 p.m. (EST)


Revising and Submitting for Publication

Saturday, January 14th 2:00 p.m. - 6:20 p.m. (EST)


Dr. Diana L. Gustafson

Author and Honorary Research Professor, Memorial University


For many of us, drafting a manuscript can be one of the most difficult steps in the research process. And sometimes our best efforts to revise and submit for publication are not successful. Why is that?

This workshop will begin an overview of the main reasons that manuscripts are rejected and offer tips for addressing those shortcomings and producing a publishable paper. Participants will apply the principles of academic storytelling to address the goals of the author-researcher and the demands of the editor/reviewer and the reading audience. That means identifying the key message and how to shape that message for the intended audience in a peer-reviewed outlet. Participants will dig into important but sometimes overlooked elements of a manuscript such as crafting a strong title, choosing appropriate keywords, and writing a solid abstract. Software tools and strategies for editing, proofreading, and polishing a final draft will also be discussed.



  • Obstacles to Publishing Success and How to Address Them

  • Key Message, Audience, Outlet: Envisioning the Ugly First Draft

  • Polishing Your Paper: Turning the Penultimate Draft into a Publishable Paper


Readings & Resources

Ahlstrom, D. (2015). Successful publishing in academic and scientific journals: Framing and organizing the scholarly paper. International Journal of Higher Education Management, 2(1)

Blair, A., et al. (2020). Publishing in political science journals. European Political Science: EPS, 19(4), 641-652.

Garcia, D., Gattaz, C. C., & Gattaz, N. C. (2019). The relevance of title, abstract and keywords for scientific paper writing. Revista De Administração Contemporânea, 23(3), 1-18.

Noble, W. (2017). Ten simple rules for writing a response to reviewers. PLoS Computational Biology, 13(10), E1005730.

Slate, J. R. (2016). So, you want to be published? Suggestions from an experienced writer. Research in the Schools, 23(1), 24-28.

*Taber, C.S. & Lodge, M. (2006). Motivated skepticism in the evaluation of political beliefs. American Journal of Political Science, 50(3), 755–769.


Audience & Prerequisites

You will be able to engage more actively if you bring along a manuscript that you’re drafting or revising on a Wi-Fi enabled laptop equipped with MS Word and Adobe Acrobat.

Certificate Credits: 1

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