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Last semester we introduced a series of workshops for graduate students interested in learning about various aspects of publishing. We’re happy to report that the series is bigger and better for the Winter 2013 term. Use the links below to register for sessions. If you have questions regarding the series or suggestions for future workshops, please contact

Graduate Student’s Guide to Publishing
Thursday, February 7, 2013, 3-4PM

This session will address issues that face aspiring graduate student authors in today’s publishing environment and offer practical tips on how to select publication venues, how to respond to reviewer’s feedback, who to ask for advice, etc. We will also discuss author’s rights and responsibilities, disciplinary norms, and provide time for Q&A about the publishing process.

Citation Analysis and Journal Ranking Workshop
Tuesday, February 26, 1-2:30PM

This workshop will explain some of the many methods available to gauge the impact of a research article as well as looking at the limitations of these methods. We will look at the h index as well as citation counts in the Web of Science and other databases, Attendees will also learn about some of the available journal rankings such as Journal Citation Reports (JCR) and the Eigenfactor. While there is a great deal of mathematics behind these systems, you don’t need to be a math expert to take the workshop or to learn how to use these tools!

Copyright & Your Dissertation
Thursday, February 28, 2013, 3-4:30PM

The dissertation is often a first major publishing experience for a graduate student.  In this workshop you’ll learn how to use copyrighted materials such as images in your dissertation, what it means to reuse prior published articles or to plan on publishing a monograph, and how to protect your rights as an author.

Publish not Perish: Faculty Advice for New Academic Authors
Thursday, March 14, 2013, 3-4:30PM

A distinguished panel of faculty members from across disciplines will discuss the academic publishing experience for aspiring authors from a variety of viewpoints. All are welcome to attend. Panelists include:

  • Laura Buttitta, Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, will share her experience in publishing as an early career faculty member on the road to tenure in the biological sciences.
  • Luke Hyde, Professor of Psychology, will share his experience in publishing as an early career faculty member on the road to tenure in the social sciences.
  • Michèle Hannoosh, Professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, will share a reviewer’s and editor’s perspective on publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Professor Hannoosh edits the journalWord & Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry.

Beyond Blogging: WordPress for Professional Portfolios
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 1-3:00PM or Friday, March 15, 1-3:00PM

Going on the job market? Learn how to build a professional and eye-catching portfolio by tweaking the free blog publishing platform WordPress. We’ll cover how to choose and customize a theme; add multimedia files and organize pages; and install plug-ins to increase functionality. We’ll also talk about best practices and ideas for professional portfolio content. This workshop is suitable for PC or Mac users. You don’t need to know HTML or CSS for this workshop, but a basic understanding of Web publishing is helpful. Please note this session will only cover using the free version of WordPress.

Academic Publishing Untangled: From Dissertation to Book
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 10-11:30AM

This session will help graduate students navigate the difficult path from dissertation to first book.  Attendees will leave the workshop with approaches to answering the following questions:  Should I publish articles from my dissertation?  Or should I “save it up” for the book?  How much will I need to revise my dissertation to make it attractive to a publisher?  How do I find a publisher who might be interested in my work?

Copyright Nuts & Bolts for Using Images
Friday, March 29, 1-2:30PM

Ever wondered if copyright affects your ability to use photographs and images for advertising a university event, in your teaching or authorship?  In this workshop, you’ll learn about inexpensive image resources, understand the process for seeking copyright permission, and learn how to give appropriate image credits.

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