Publishing your research: Getting an article ready for submission

Short description

This course aims to assist writers in a variety of disciplines to revise a draft (often a classroom paper, conference paper, or dissertation chapter) into a peer-reviewed article and submit it for publication. To do this, the course concentrates on the following topics: 

  • analyzing your own work strategies in order to help you develop a healthy, realistic schedule for writing;

  • identifying what is “publishable” among the texts you have written, and analyzing how to reshape the article so as to clarify your argument, strengthen your claims for significance, and improve your chances for publication; 

  • identifying appropriate journals for submission, working with editors, writing query letters 

Target group

This course is designed for people who have a rough draft of something they believe can be revised for publication. It is not designed for those who do not have at the very least a sketch of their results.



The goal of this course is to aid participants in taking their papers up to the level of journal quality and in overcoming anxiety about academic publishing.



  • Dr. Jeffrey Verhey (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Language Centre) has also taught at the Freie Universität Berlin, at UC Berkeley, UC Davis and the Max Planck Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung in Cologne among other institutions and was a Fellow in 1992-93 at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.