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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Navigating the Academic Publishing Landscape
Module Code LC604
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Sharon O'Brien
Semester 2: Sharon O'Brien
Autumn: Sharon O'Brien
Module TeachersWilliam Murphy
Tetyana Lokot
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
If all or aspects of the assessment are not fulfilled, a student will have the opportunity to submit the missing component(s) in the next re-sit available. Non-submission will then require a complete repeat of the module at the next available opportunity.

It is increasingly expected that by the time of graduation a PhD student would have one or more journal publications to their name. This is beneficial for career development, future funding applications, and for dissemination of research, not only for a career in academia but also for future employability in many sectors. This module aims to support PhD students who are new to academic publishing in their journey towards a first journal article. The focus is on journal article publication, but the module also aims to cover the process and challenges of monograph publication as a post-PhD career milestone.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the discipline-specific research landscape and make decisions on how to publish early-career work
2. Plan and prepare the submission of a research article to a discipline-specific journal or a monograph proposal
3. Apprehend the purpose of and respond to peer review of research articles;
4. Participate in peer review;
5. Identify relevant monograph publishers and pitch a book proposal

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Workshop125Five workshops of two hours’ duration each as follows: Introduction Develop a journal article publication plan Peer review The monograph publishing landscape Assessing progress and reflection
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Belcher, Wendy (2019) “Writing your journal article in twelve weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success”, University

COARA.EU: https://coara.eu/about/

Langum, Virginia and Kirk P.H. Sullivan (2017) “Writing academic English as a doctoral student in Sweden:..."

Martín, Eloísa (2014) “How to write a good article” Current Sociology 62(7). https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.117

Portwood-Stacer, Laura (2021) The Book Proposal Book: A Guide for Scholarly Authors. Princeton University Press.

SAGE Reviewer Gateway - resources for reviewers https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/journal-reviewer-gateway

San Francisco Declaration, https://sfdora.org/read/, and, perhaps, https://coara.eu/agreement/the-agreement-full-text/

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentThe module will be assessed with a grade which will be made up of the following components: Attendance 50 marks - 10 marks for each session attended Submission of a journal publication plan - 20 marks for appropriate submission Participation in peer review exercise - 20 marks for full participation Presentation on progress - 10 marks for presentation and level of reflection100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

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