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Sara R Curran
JSIS 494
Seattle Campus

Journal Workshop for Editors

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.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

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%).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 10/17/2012