We asked Annual Meeting workshop organizers to give our blog readers a sneak peek at the events they have planned for AAA 2016. This post was submitted by Jaida Samudra from Professional Editing for Scholars.
1. What makes your workshop a “must attend” event for the 2016 meeting?
This workshop is a must for any anthropologist who is stalled on submitting or revising an article for 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. Just when they are under the most pressure to publish, they cease receiving regular feedback on their work. Furthermore, early career scholars have had little practice writing for publication. Understanding the specific differences between journal articles and student papers or dissertation chapters helps them draft and revise their articles. Finally, many academics are intimidated by the peer review process or do not know how to respond to reviewers’ comments. This workshop fills such experiential gaps by providing explicit guidelines on producing manuscripts that will get forwarded to peer review and require minimal revision after acceptance, thus shortening the time to publication. Perhaps most importantly, the workshop gives busy scholars a chance to concentrate on their manuscript for a full day in the company of their peers.
2. What will be the number one takeaway from your workshop?
Yes, you can finish that journal article. This workshop gives you the tools you need to revise and submit your manuscript for publication.
3. What do past participants say is the best thing about attending this workshop?
Everybody gets something different out of the workshop, but here are some comments from past workshop evaluations:
“Step-by-step insight into the process, pitfalls, and strategies associated with academic publication – an invaluable addition to the training of any burgeoning academic.”
“The piece I was working on at your workshop last year has just been published in American Anthropologist. Many thanks for your helpful advice and for the extra push I needed to get this out.”
4. Who will most benefit from attending your workshop?
Anthropologists who are currently working on an article to submit (or resubmit) to a peer reviewed journal, especially junior professors who are motivated by the sound of the ticking tenure clock to finally finish and send out their work.
5. What other events at the Annual Meeting tie in to your workshop?
Any committee meetings, roundtable discussions, or sessions concerning reporting ethnographic or qualitative research, alternative writing genres, or the future of academic publishing.
That Almost Finished Journal Article will be held on Thursday, November 17 at the AAA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.
Find out how to register for this workshop, and check out the additional workshops available at the 2016 AAA Annual Meeting here.