Preparing for Success in Scholarly Publishing

Foundational course that orients and prepares learners to engage with the scholarly publication process in an informed way.

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About this Course

This course prepares individuals across disciplines to engage with the scholarly publication process in an intentional and informed way. It explains the core elements of scholarly publication and how to navigate the publication and writing processes in ways that reflect a current understanding of issues that arise for researchers and writers across disciplines. As such, the course acts as a preparation to writing and publishing, helping writers build awareness of how to make the process personally meaningful, engaging, and impactful.

Language Availability: English

Suggested Audiences: Faculty, Higher Education Administrators, Institutional Research Officials, Postdoctoral Researchers, Research Administrators, Researchers, Students

Organizational Subscription Price: $500 per year/per site
Independent Learner Price: $99 per person

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Course Content

History and Purpose of Scholarly Writing and Publishing

This module explores and provides a deeper understanding of the history of scholarly publication, combined with a self-awareness of how you will enter the process. The module provides the key historical influences on contemporary issues in publishing. It also identifies how shifts in publishing trends and processes are changing over time.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 20496 (English)
Author(s): Shannon Madden, PhD; Michele Eodice, PhD

Ethics and Authorship in Scholarly Publishing

In this module, learners will explore some of the issues of ethics and authorship that arise in scholarly publishing cultures and practices. Publishing has high stakes for writers, disciplines, institutions, and communities. It also raises ethical questions around attribution, knowledge production, and intellectual property rights. Recognizing how and why ethical issues arise during the scholarly publication process can help you navigate them responsibly, respectfully, and with a view toward maintaining authority over your own writing while honoring the contributions of others.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 20497 (English)
Author(s): Shannon Madden, PhD; Michele Eodice, PhD

The Future of Scholarly Publishing

Trends that relate to where scholarly publishing could head in the future, as well as critical information that individuals seeking to publish their research need to consider are important factors both for new as well as experienced writers. Throughout this module, learners gain an appreciation for the current state of the scholarly publication process, as well as information on future trends in peer review and open access.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 20498 (English)
Author(s): Shannon Madden, PhD; Michele Eodice, PhD

Aligning Your Research Agenda with Publishing Goals

This module outlines the different priorities that shape writers’ research trajectories and how those priorities influence publication agendas. It explains what a research agenda is and how to think long-term about your professional goals as you consider where, how, and when to publish your research.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 20499 (English)
Author(s): Shannon Madden, PhD; Michele Eodice, PhD

Developing a Support Infrastructure

In this module, you will learn the concept of writer identity and how a writer’s identity is shaped by their environment. The module will guide you through a self-reflective process focusing on yourself as a writer, taking stock of your challenges and strengths, recognizing how to assess your own writing assets and needs, and identifying the importance of effective time planning and task management.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 20500 (English)
Author(s): Shannon Madden, PhD; Michele Eodice, PhD

Publishing Venues, Scholarly Genres, and Manuscript Preparation

This module covers the publication channels and venues that you may encounter in your discipline, common manuscript types and genres for scholarship, and considerations such as journal impact factor that may influence where you seek to publish your work. It also includes a useful guide to see how your writing and publishing processes and practices may evolve over time.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 20501 (English)
Author(s): Shannon Madden, PhD; Michele Eodice, PhD

Publishing Community Members and Their Roles in the Publication Process

This module covers the communities that form the infrastructure for the scholarly publishing enterprise and how to position your work with them effectively so that you can successfully publish your scholarship. The module explains the different roles that individuals involved in publication play and explores the publishing process from the perspective of the editors. It also helps you identify considerations for negotiating competing goals and interests in the publication pipeline.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 20502 (English)
Author(s): Shannon Madden, PhD; Michele Eodice, PhD


FAQs

Who should take Preparing for Success in Scholarly Publishing?

This course is designed for individuals who are new to writing and publishing scholarly work or want a contemporary refresher on the topic, including students, faculty, researchers, postdoctoral researchers, higher education administrators, institutional research officials, and research administrators. It is intentionally cross-disciplinary and broadly applicable to many learners.

How does Preparing for Success in Scholarly Publishing complement other CITI Program courses?

This course complements many of CITI Program’s existing courses that center around the research and results dissemination processes such as Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Basic, Essentials of Grant Proposal Development, Protocol Development and Execution, and Research Study Design. Additionally, learners might also be interested in various webinars such as Getting Started in Grant Writing: An Introduction, Managing Conflict with Your Dissertation Chair, and Working with Your IRB.

Why should someone take Preparing for Success in Scholarly Publishing?

This course helps prepare learners to engage with the scholarly publication process in an intentional and informed way. Learners will gain a foundational understanding of the core elements of scholarly publication and how to navigate publication and writing processes in ways that reflect a current understanding of issues that arise across disciplines. Through this course, learners can prepare for academic and scholarly publication and gain necessary knowledge of the process.

How long will the course take a learner to complete?

This course consists of seven required modules. Each module contains detailed content and a quiz, as well as exercises, images, and other supplemental materials.

Modules vary in length, and learners may require different amounts of time to complete them based on their familiarity and knowledge of the topic. However, modules are each designed to take about 20-25 minutes to complete.

Is this course eligible for continuing education credits?

This course does not currently have CE/CME credits available

What are the standard recommendations for learner groups?

This course is designed to be completed sequentially through the seven required modules.