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Writing for Publication

    Key Steps in Writing--and Publishing--Your Manuscript
    Instructor: Jennifer Wilson, MS
    Date: 2/4/2020
    Time: 1:15pm – 2:15pm
    Location: Gutman Library Instruction Space (EAST FALLS CAMPUS)
    (Register for this workshop)

    This presentation provides advice on how to be more organized and less overwhelmed when you write your next manuscript. It also focuses on key elements of manuscript writing, with a focus on engaging an editor’s attention.

    Upon completion of this session, participants will:
    • List the key points to keep in mind when starting a manuscript
    • Identify the parts of the manuscript readers are most likely to see and common methods for improving them


    How to Write Better Abstracts
    Instructor: Pamela Walter, MFA
    Date: 2/13/2020
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Location: Scott 200A
    (Register for this workshop)

    What do you look for when you are researching abstracts? What barriers prevent you from finding what you need? Perhaps the abstract wasn’t as clear as it could be. The purpose of this course is to offer research writers a tool and process for writing abstracts that make it easier for your readers to find your published work. This course focuses on unpacking the elements that define a well-crafted abstract and helping you write one.

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
    • Explain why abstracts are important
    • Define what makes an abstract bad or good
    • Use a simple tool to design better abstracts


    High Impact Publishing
    Instructor: Jennifer Wilson, MS
    Date: 3/3/2020
    Time: 1:15pm – 2:15pm
    Location: Gutman Library Instruction Space (EAST FALLS CAMPUS)
    (Register for this workshop)

    Academic publishing is undergoing a dramatic shift as journals become more specialized and the number of publishing outlets surge. Understanding the publishing world and its potential impact on one’s career can be confusing and mysterious. This workshop provides an introduction to academic publishing by exploring the metrics and tools used to determine “impact.” Facilitators will explore the concept of “high impact” publishing, discuss two tools for assessing a journals impact factor, and discuss the evolution of academic publishing, including predatory publishing practices and open access journals.

    Upon completion of the session, participants will be able to:
    • Discuss some of the metrics used for determining impact factor
    • Describe at least one tool for determining a journal’s impact factor
    • Identify future trends in academic publishing


    Peer Editing for Content and Clarity
    Instructor: Pamela Walter, MFA
    Date: 4/7/2020
    Time: 1:15pm – 2:15pm
    Location: Gutman Library Instruction Space (EAST FALLS CAMPUS)
    (Register for this workshop)

    This course will share specific tools and strategies to equip you to give meaningful help with content and clarity to colleagues seeking to publish their manuscripts. You will have a checklist, for example, to ask the right questions to give the writer meaningful direction. You’ll also learn specific strategies for editing paragraphs and sentences for the clearest possible meaning.

    At the end of the session, participants should be able to:
    • Use tools to help writers improve their drafts for targeted publication
    • Enhance purpose and meaning in the draft
    • Improve paragraphs
    • Clarify sentences
    • Trim sentences without trimming meaning


    High Impact Publishing
    Instructor: Jennifer Wilson, MS
    Date: 4/7/2020
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Location: Scott 200A
    (Register for this workshop)

    Academic publishing is undergoing a dramatic shift as journals become more specialized and the number of publishing outlets surge. Understanding the publishing world and its potential impact on one’s career can be confusing and mysterious. This workshop provides an introduction to academic publishing by exploring the metrics and tools used to determine “impact.” Facilitators will explore the concept of “high impact” publishing, discuss two tools for assessing a journals impact factor, and discuss the evolution of academic publishing, including predatory publishing practices and open access journals.

    Upon completion of the session, participants will be able to:
    • Discuss some of the metrics used for determining impact factor
    • Describe at least one tool for determining a journal’s impact factor
    • Identify future trends in academic publishing


    Turn Your Thesis into a Publishable Manuscript
    Instructor: Jennifer Wilson, MS
    Date: 4/30/2020
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Location: Scott 200A
    (Register for this workshop)

    Turning your thesis into a research article for a journal offers the opportunity to share your research with a wider audience. Yet the process required to do so can be daunting since it requires modifying a document that meets academic requirements into one that meets journalistic standards. This session will provide guidance on how to do so.