Academic Publishing in the Social Sciences

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Deadline: Thursday 16 May 2013 - Saturday 18 May 2013

Place: Room 0.86, Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University, Cardiff.

This course runs over three days: Thursday 16th May 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Friday 17th May 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM and Saturday 18th May 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.


  • Dr Sara Delamont, Cardiff School of Social Sciences

Course Content and Aims

Students will ideally be in Years 3 and 4 of their PhD programme and have completed their data collection, i.e. they will be ready to plan, and begin your their publishing ‘career’.  The focus is on understanding the processes of reviewing and refereeing publications and submissions of others and on preparing their own work for submission to journals and book publishers.

Students will learn about the refereeing processes that lie ‘behind’ the peer reviewed journal and the published book, by engaging in the actual tasks of refereeing papers and book proposals.  Students will also learn how to approach journals to solicit offers of book reviews and write book reviews, how to research journals and write properly tailored submissions; and how to research book publishers and prepare a book proposal that will be treated seriously.

To participate in these sessions, students will need to have conducted a piece of independent research, e.g. an ‘M’ thesis.  Preparatory work is required for these sessions, and students will receive individual feedback by email afterwards.. At the end of the multi-part course students will have reviewed a book, refereed an article and a book proposal, and have a template for an article and a monograph proposal about their own work.


  • Wales DTC Postgraduate Research students, i.e. social science students registered at Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff or Swansea Universities: free of charge
  • Postgraduate Social Science Research students registered at a UK HEI: £60.00

Registration fees cover lunch and refreshment breaks but do not cover travel, subsistence or accommodation costs.

Deadline for Bookings

Thursday 9th May.  This workshop is aimed at DTC and ESRC-funded research students at Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea who will have priority for places but others are welcome to attend, space permitting.