We asked Annual Meeting workshop organizers to give our blog readers a sneak peek at the events they have planned for AmAnth17. This post was submitted by Jaida Samudra, the organizer of “That Almost Finished Journal Article.”
1. What makes your workshop a “must attend” event for the 2017 Meeting?
If you are currently stalled on revising an article for submission to a peer-reviewed journal, you should consider attending this workshop. You already know that to get hired, meet requirements for tenure, and earn merit promotions, you have to get published frequently, preferably in prestigious journals. You are under tremendous pressure to publish, but may have become isolated in your new teaching position, and are no longer receiving useful feedback on your work. Or maybe you are finishing your dissertation, but haven’t had much practice communicating your research findings to a wide scholarly community. Perhaps you are intimidated by the peer review process or are uncertain how to revise your manuscript in response to reviewers’ and editors’ comments. This workshop fills in some 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 busy scholars a chance to think about their draft manuscript for a full day as they analyze its component parts and receive feedback on what needs to be revised before (re)submission.
2. What do past participants think was the best thing about attending this workshop?
“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 hands-on approach: mixing theory about how to write and then being able to practice and apply it to my own writing. Especially the parts about how to engage with reviewers’ comments and how to structure the writing. It was during that part of the workshop I was finally able to tease out the US preferred way of organizing an argument and how that was different from what I was taught in a non-US high school.”
“Reviewing components of a journal article and how they relate to each other.”
“How to set up a writing group amongst colleagues.”
“The workshop was incredibly well-run. The advice was practical, informative, and explained in a manner that was clear and easy to implement. The session provided participants with opportunities to practice applying the strategies taught. The handouts were useful in distilling the key ‘take-home’ lessons. The speaker was approachable and responsive to participants’ needs and preferences, and skillfully created a learning community among the participants. Five stars.”
“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.”
3. Who will most benefit from attending your workshop?
Scholarly anthropologists working on a draft of an article they plan 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.
4. 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. I am particularly looking forward to participating in the roundtable discussion on “Recovering Anthropology’s Voice: From Ethnographic Practice to Writing for the Public,” on Friday, November 2, from 10:15 AM -12:00 PM in Marriott Ballroom Salon 3.
“That Almost Finished Journal Article“ is scheduled for Thursday, November 30th at 8:00 AM. Learn more about pricing and how to add this workshop to your Annual Meeting registration on the AAA website.