Cost: Students: $40 Professionals: $80
Date: 11/18/2015 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Organizer/Facilitator: Dr. Jaida Kim Samudra
What makes your workshop a “must attend” event for the 2015 meeting?
This workshop is a must for any academic who has stalled on submitting or revising an article to a peer-reviewed journal. Everybody knows that to get hired, meet requirements for tenure, and earn merit promotions, one must get published frequently, preferably in prestigious journals. But newly-minted professors are often isolated in their teaching positions. They are under tremendous pressure to publish, but are no longer receiving useful feedback on their work. Furthermore, few young scholars have much practice writing specifically for publication. And many junior academics are intimidated by the peer review process itself, uncertain how to respond to reviewers’ suggestions for revision. This workshop fills in some of these experiential gaps by providing explicit guidelines on producing manuscripts that will get forwarded to peer review and require minimal revision after acceptance for publication (thus shortening the time to publication). Most importantly, the workshop gives participants a chance to concentrate on their manuscript for a full day, analysing its component parts, isolating what needs to be changed, and receiving the feedback they need to finish and submit it.
What will be the number one takeaway from your workshop?
How to structure your article in alignment with the logic of your argument. And related to that, how journal articles written to be read by your professional colleagues differ from student papers written for instructors.
Who will most benefit from attending your workshop?
Junior professors who are highly motivated by the sound of the ticking tenure clock to finally finish and send out that journal article they’ve been revising over and over.
And advanced graduate students who have already completed their fieldwork and written one or more dissertation chapters or given substantive presentations on their research.
What makes your workshop “Familiar/Strange?”
Probably the most common issue I run into as an editor is lack of clarity in scholarly writing. One reason for this is that authors are so familiar with their own research that they don’t have any distance from it. They often fail to provide readers with signposts guiding them through the logic of their analysis because it just seems too obvious. Some even let their data stand in for arguments and interpretations. This workshop provides scholars with techniques for examining their own writing as if it were strange to them so they can figure out how to make it more accessible to readers and hence more likely to be accepted for publication. Peer reviewers also reject manuscripts when ‘strange’ new data are not appropriately linked to old ‘familiar’ theory. This is also addressed during the workshop.
Visit http://www.americananthro.org/meetings/workshops to find out how to add a workshop to your annual meeting registration. We look forward to seeing you at AAA 2015!