Please note that this is a workshop for graduate students.
“Publish or Perish” is a foreboding phrase for many graduate students, and the path to a first academic publication can seem daunting. While advice books suggest that term papers are worthy starting places for early publications, the term paper and the academic article are two different genres of writing—and an unrevised term paper will almost certainly struggle as a submitted article. Drawing on scholarly literatures related to scholarly writing and graduate school advice, as well as personal reflections on the publication of former term papers and work in the peer reviewed journal environment, this workshop provides a practical guide to early career researchers seeking to translate term papers into their first academic articles. We will discuss strategies to move from “argument first” to “contribution first” writing, as well as three red flags that identify a work as a former term paper (over-anchoring, over-looking, over-playing).
Michael P. A. Murphy is a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow and PhD Candidate (ABD) in political science at the University of Ottawa. He is the author of Quantum Social Theory for Critical International Relations Theorists (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021) and over two dozen peer-reviewed articles—four of which began as term papers! He serves as an elected school board trustee, Editorial Assistant at Security Dialogue, and an associate member of the uOttawa Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Unit. His work can be found at: http://bit.ly/37NJMkZ