Sara R Curran
Prepares students to be peer reviewers and editors for academic journals. Introduces the format and management processes of scholarly, peer-reviewed publications, as well as training in practical editing skills. Includes opportunities to work for the Jackson School Journal of International Studies. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: W.
This course prepares students for formal peer reviewing, editing and management positions with the Jackson School Journal. It bridges the gap between the undergraduate classroom experience and more professional applications of scholarship. This course follows the completion of the Jackson Schoolís introductory 200-series and builds on the writing, researching and editing skills developed therein. This course formally introduces undergraduates to the publication cycle of an academic journal and the various tasks of editors and reviewers. Students will gain an understanding of all conventions for structure, style, and citation used in the Jackson School Journal, as well as practice with editing, graphic design, and other valuable skills.
Student learning goals
Conduct a peer-review process and guidelines for reviewing and selecting papers for publication
Analyze what makes an interesting argument within the interdisciplinary field of international studies
Develop successful paper structures for research and policy writing
Outline, restructure arguments, and in-person edit a manuscript for writing style (with a focus on syntax, word choice, and tone)
Define the liberties an editor may take in bridging the gap between established Jackson School Journal style and the authorís personal voice
Employ InDesign and the Jackson School Journal Wordpress website
General method of instruction
lecture & workshops for practicing techniques; completion of assignments with written feedback
2 or more of JSIS 200, 201, 202, 203
Class assignments and grading
Completion of all reading assignments; 3-5 Practice Critiques
Students will be evaluated based on their completion of assignments and readings (50%) and participation in discussion (50%).