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Writing for publication: road to academic advancement

Author: Henson, Kenneth T. Publisher: Pearson , 2005. ; Allyn and Bacon, 2005.Language: EnglishDescription: 305 p. : Graphs ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0205433197Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index and glossary
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Includes bibliographical references and index and glossary


Writing for Publication Road to Academic Advancement Contents Illustrations Preface xix xvii About the Author xxi 1 Why Write? 1 Reasons to Write 3 A Time and Place for Everything 10 When Is the Best Time to Write? 11 Tooling Up for the Job 13 The Best Place to Write 14 Perennial Excuses 19 Taking Inventory 20 A Final Word 21 Recapping the Major Points 22 References 22 2 Finding Topics 24 The Dissertation: A Source of Topics 25 Grants as a Source of Topics 27 Your Job as a Source of Topics 27 Other Occupations as Sources of Writing Topics 28 Reference Books as a Source of Topics 29 Forecasting the Future 30 Using Speakers to Predict Future Topics 30 Using Journal Editors to Predict Future Topics 31 Using Professional Association Yearbook Editors to Predict Future Topics 31 Recapping the Major Points 32 References 32 x Contents 3 Getting Started 33 36 The Right Title 34 Choosing Titles for Nonfiction Journal Articles Writing the First Sentence 37 Paragraphing 39 Go Ahead and Write 40 Profile: Arnold and Jeanne Cheyney 40 Recapping the Major Points 41 References 42 4 About Style 43 Writing Clearly 46 Write Concisely 46 Write Positively 48 Treat Genders Fairly 52 Recapping the Major Points References 58 58 5 Organizing Articles 59 Organizing Nonfiction Articles 61 Organizing Skill No. 1: Establishing Credibility 61 Organizing Skill No. 2: Achieving Substance 61 Organizing Skill No. 3: Paragraphing 67 Organizing Skill No. 4: Using Flowcharts to Organize 69 Putting It Together 70 Recapping the Major Points 70 References 70 6 Using Journals, Libraries, Surveys, and Action Research Using Journals 72 Physical Characteristics 72 Article Length 72 Reading Level 73 Guidelines for Authors 73 Call for Manuscripts 75 Coming Themes 75 Reviewers' Guidelines and Rating Scales Using Libraries 78 Identifying Topics 78 Identifying Target Journals 79 Using Your Own Expertise 80 71 75 Contents xi Using Surveys 81 Using Action Research 87 Recapping the Major Points References 88 87 7 Common Errors in Writing for Journals 89 The Nature of Writing 90 Mistakes and Recommendations 90 Mistake: Lack of Familiarity with the Journal and Its Readers Mistake: Wrong Style 93 Mistake: Failure to Check for Grammatical Errors 94 Mistake: Failure to Include Substance 95 Mistake: Failure to Write Simply and Clearly 97 Recommendation: Select Your Target Journals in Advance 99 Recommendation: Identify Coming Themes 99 Recommendation: Find a Good Title 99 Recommendation: Focus on the Opening Paragraph 99 Recommendation: Avoid Provincialism 100 Recommendation: Review Your Manuscript 101 Recapping the Major Points 106 References 106 90 8 Communicating with Journal Editors The Author--Editor Relationship109 The Telephone 109 The Query Letter 111 The Cover Letter 115 Guest Editing 116 Recapping the Major Points 117 Reference 117 108 9 Questions Writers Ask 118 Why Do You Write? 119 What Suggestions Can You Give to Aspiring Writers? 120 Have You a Favorite Success Story? 120 How Do You Handle Rejection? 122 What Distinguishes Highly Successful Writers from Less Successful Writers? 123 Is It O.K. to Send a Manuscript to Multiple Publishers? 124 Are There Advantages in Collaborating? 125 Should I Collaborate Long Distance? 126 xii Contents Should I Write Articles before Writing Short Stories or Books? 126 What Is a Refereed Journal? 127 Is It Wise to Use Vanity Publishers? 128 What About Self-Publishing? 128 If Asked, Should I Pay a Journal Publishing Expenses? 129 Should I Be a Specialist or a Generalist? 129 Questions Regarding Copyright 130 How Can Authors Learn to Use the Library More Effectively? 132 Are Colloquialisms and Clichés Acceptable? 133 Should I Use Tables and Graphs in My Articles?134 What Should I Do When an Editor Keeps Holding My Manuscript? 134 Whose Name Comes First? 134 Who Is Listed First If the Collaborators Are Professors and Graduate Students? 135 If I Furnish My Dissertation or Thesis for a Collaborator to Shape into a Manuscript, Is That an Equitable Exchange? 135 If I Share a Book Idea with a Publisher, How Can I Be Sure It Won't Be Turned Over to a More Experienced Author? 136 What Does It Mean When an Editor Asks the Author to Rewrite and Resubmit a Manuscript? Should I Do That?136 Should I Use a Computer? 137 What Should I List on My Résumé as Publications?138 Do You Recommend Using Support Groups?138 Recapping the Major Points 139 Reference 139 10 Getting Book Contracts 140 Choosing the Right Book to Write 141 Writing Professional Books 141 Writing Books for University Presses 142 Developing a Prospectus 143 Content Outline 143 Sample Chapters 145 Book Description 146 Market Description 148 Description of the Competition 148 Author Description 149 Selecting a Publisher 149 Send Query Letters 152 Negotiating the Contract 152 Recapping the Major Points 153 References 155 Contents xiii i 11 Planning for Success 156 Managing Each Manuscript 158 Step 1: Identify Topic Areas 159 Step 2: Identify Two Sets of Journals--Specialized and General 160 Step 3: Assign Priorities to the Journals You Listed 160 Step 4: Refine Your Journal List 161 Profile: Bonnidell Clouse 161 Develop a Tracking System 163 Getting Mileage 164 Maintain a Current Résumé 166 Write Book Chapters 166 Apply to Daily Work 166 Recapping the Major Points 167 Reference 168 12 Grant Proposal Writing 169 Make Your Proposal Timely 171 Learn How to Develop Fresh Ideas 171 Identify and Use Your Assets 172 Gather the Necessary Materials 173 Match Your Strengths with the Funders' Goals 174 Deadlines 175 A Format for Proposals 175 Foundation Proposals 176 Guideline 1: Match Your Expertise with the Needs of Various Audiences 179 Guideline 2: Add a Unique Angle 179 Guideline 3: Make a Convincing Commitment 180 Guideline 4: Be Flexible 181 Guideline 5: Use Every Opportunity to Gather Information about Available Money 182 Guideline 6: Make Your Request Economically Responsible 183 Guideline 7: Make the Proposal Easy to Read 183 Guideline 8: Follow the RFP Guidelines Precisely 184 Guideline 9: Develop a Project Evaluation Process 185 Guideline 10: Test the Budget against the Narrative 185 Recapping the Major Points 186 Reference 187 13 Parts of a Proposal 188 Transmittal Letter 189 Title Page 190 xiv Contents Abstract 193 Table of Contents 194 Purposes, Goals, and Objectives 194 Timetable 195 Evaluation 197 Budget 198 Be Reasonable 198 Make In-Kind Contributions 198 Checklist 199 Summary 200 Recapping the Major Points 201 14 Three Winning Proposals 202 Prelude 203 Proposal One: Project ESCAPE 203 Purpose of the Proposal 203 Putting the Funder's Goals First 205 Unique Features 205 Using the Literature 206 Dealing with Disagreement 207 Using Modules 207 Disseminating the Grant 209 Lessons Learned from Project ESCAPE 211 Proposal Two: The Summer Physics Institute211 The Role of Passion 211 Choosing Language 213 Unique Features 213 Lessons Learned from the Summer Physics Institute Grant 216 Proposal Three: A Million-Dollar Technology Proposal 216 Using Relationships with Potential Funders 216 Using Your Strengths 218 Using the Literature 218 Lessons Learned from the Technology Grant 219 Summary 220 Recapping the Major Points 220 15 Using Technology to Write Grants 222 Surfing the Internet 223 Using the Internet to Validate 223 Sources Available on the Internet 226 Contents xv The Federal Register 227 The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance The Commerce Business Daily 228 National Data Book of Foundations 228 MedWeb 228 GrantsNet 228 U.S. Department of Education 228 National Science Foundation 228 Summary 229 Recapping the Major Points 229 228 16 Using Writing to Gain a Tenure-Track Position and Tenure 230 The Rise of Non Tenure-Track Faculty 231 What the Change in Status of Non Tenure-Track Faculty Means to You 231 Align Your Grants and Articles with Your Department's Goals 232 Action Research 233 Preparing for the Interview 235 Recapping the Major Points 236 Final Note 236 References 236 Appendixes A Preferences of Journals in Various Disciplines 237 B Sample Call for Manuscripts 258 C Sample Announcement of Coming Themes and Requests for Manuscripts 261 D Attending Writing Workshops 264 E University Presses 266 F Sample Proposal for Funding 270 G Sample Proposal Rating Form 280 H Profile of an Article 283 Glossary Name Index Subject Index 291 295 297

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