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Writing, Revising and Submitting for Publication (ONLINE)

January 9, 2021 (3:30pm - 6:30pm)
with Dr. Diana L. Gustafson,
Professor of Social Science and Health, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University

SPSA - ONLINE 2021 | All times are in CST
Date & time
Saturday, January 9, 2021
3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Diana L. Gustafson,
Professor of Social Science and Health, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University


Participants must register to attend: Register here


SPSA Conference 2021
*Registered participants will also have access to all workshop recordings until March 15th 2021


You’ve collected and analyzed your research data. Perhaps you’ve presented some of your findings at this conference. Now it’s time to prepare your work for publication. For many of us, however, drafting and publishing a manuscript can be one of the most difficult steps in the research process. Sometimes, our best efforts are not successful. Why is that?

This workshop is ideal for those who have a writing project they want to work on – regardless of the stage in their writing process. The aim is to better understand your relationship and obligations as an author-researcher to the editor/reviewer and your intended reading audience.

This workshop begins with an overview of discipline-specific expectations for content, format and style of a publishable manuscript. Seven practical tools for polishing a final draft will be introduced. We’ll move on to a closer examination of three important but sometimes overlooked elements of a manuscript, specifically how to draft an attention-getting title, choose appropriate keywords and write a strong abstract. We will conclude with a summary of the main reasons that manuscripts in political science are rejected and offer tips for responding to reviewer and editorial feedback.



Come prepared with a manuscript that you are currently drafting or revising a manuscript. And of course, questions and contributions to the discussion will be welcome.

Workshop Outline & Reading List

Saturday, January 9

Session 1 - Writing to Your Audience 3:30pm - 4:20pm
  • Schneider, G. (2011). How to avoid the seven deadly sins of academic writing. European Political Science: EPS, 10(3), 337-345.
  • Slate, J. R. (2016). So you want to be published? Suggestions from an experienced writer. Research in the Schools, 23(1), 24-28. 
Session 2 - Attending to the Often Overlooked Elements 4:30pm - 5:20pm


Session 3 - Responding to Reviewer and Editorial Feedback 5:30pm - 6:30pm


  • Polsky, A. J. (2007). Seeing your name in print: Unpacking the mysteries of the review process at political science scholarly journals. PS: Political Science & Politics, 40(3), 539-543.
  • Walker, L. D. (2019). Rejection of a manuscript and career resilience. PS: Political Science & Politics, 52(1), 44-47.

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