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Coventry University’s Centre for Academic Writing (CAW) offers ‘Writing for Scholarly Publication’, a 10-credit Master’s level module designed to support postgraduate research students, academics, and professionals through the process of writing for publication.
This module helps participants gain experience in writing for publication by overseeing participants’ production of a research output from writing following data analysis through to submission. The module features a writing retreat and peer-reviewing opportunities. Researchers who have completed data gathering and analysis or other scholarly research will benefit from this module. The module aims to teach participants strategies for publication writing.
This module is aimed at postgraduates and researchers who have completed data collection and analysis, a scholarly project, or work-related research. The module will help you move your initial research—which may have been generated for a thesis or dissertation, reported to employers or funding bodies, or presented at conferences—into the pages of scholarly or professional journals, conference proceedings or other outlets.
Facilitated by Lecturers from the Centre for Academic Writing, the module helps postgraduates and researchers develop competences in writing for publication with the goal of producing a piece of professional academic writing ready to submit for publication.
By studying this module, you will:
• experience sustained, protected writing time, including an on-campus writing retreat;
• gain the structure and motivation necessary for developing and maintaining your writing practice;
• benefit from teaching and formative feedback on your writing that is grounded in current academic and professional writing theory;
• acquire confidence in writing clear and accurate prose;
• become knowledgeable about a variety of scholarly writing genres, where applicable, with a focus on the research article;
• learn how to transform your research into a publication;
• practice writing for publication and peer reviewing the writing of others.
The module will provide you with in-depth guidance on:
• choosing a target journal or other outlet for publication;
• writing in an appropriate genre;
• planning and drafting your article, book chapter, or other type of paper;
• peer reviewing;
• revising and editing your draft;
• responding to reviewers’ comments.
This module is the third in CAW’s suite of modules for developing research writing skills. Other modules in the suite include ‘Reviewing Research Literature’ (7022CAW) and ‘Crafting a Research Article’ (7023CAW).
How will this course be taught
The module is taught over a period of approximately 10 weeks. In order to encourage the development of good habits for professional writing and the self-reliance that writing for publication demands, the teaching is workshop-based. There are four 3-hour sessions. There is also a three-day writing retreat that is held at the Centre for Academic Writing. The 3-hour sessions offer guidance on choosing a target outlet for publication, peer reviewing and responding to peer reviews, feedback from the Module Leader, revising and editing strategies, as well as managing the writing for publication process and understanding the conventions of the appropriate writing genre.
Note: In special circumstances, attendance at the writing retreat may be flexible. Please contact us to discuss this in further detail.
Participants in the module work together, reviewing each other’s work and giving feedback. Participants also must get feedback on their draft paper from an expert in their subject area or discipline; a more experienced colleague can provide this feedback. At the end of the module, you will submit either an article, book chapter, or other written output for publication.
Teaching Contact Hours
You will have approximately 30 teaching and writing retreat contact hours:
4 x 3-hour sessions;
3-day writing retreat (10am–4pm) with one-hour lunch break.
The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.
As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.
Fees and Funding
The fee for this 10-credit Master’s module is £427.77 for external applicants and for internal applicants who enrol in the full module (for credit).
Coventry University Postgraduate Research Students (PGRs) on CU’s ‘old academic regulations’ can enrol in this 10-credit module to earn a portion of their ‘optional module’ credits.
PGRs on CU’s ‘new academic regulations’ can take this module ‘not for credit’ free of charge and accrue up to 100 development hours per module. Students who complete the module and its assignments will receive formative feedback on their writing and a Certificate of Completion from CAW. Please note: Coventry University students who are not taking the module ‘for credit’ can choose to take the module without completing the portfolio submission.
CU Research staff can take this module ‘not for credit’ (as scheduled) free of charge. Staff who complete the module and its assignments will receive formative feedback on their writing and a Certificate of Completion from CAW. Please note: Coventry University staff who are not taking the module ‘for credit’ can choose to take the module without completing the portfolio submission.
Places on CAW’s modules are limited and subject to availability. For further information, please telephone the Centre for Academic Writing on 024 7765 7596 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assessment is in the form of a portfolio that includes evidence of the activities you have completed during each session of the module as well as a short reflective piece (800-1000 words) that discusses the process and challenges of writing for scholarly purposes. The completed portfolio should be 2,000 words, excluding examples of work commented on or revised.
The portfolio is submitted two weeks after the final session.
Please note: Coventry university postgraduates and staff who are not taking the module ‘for credit’ can choose to take the module without completing the portfolio submission.
This module can enhance your career prospects by enabling you to develop the skills to articulate and disseminate the research you conduct through publication.