Untangling Academic Scholarship: Writing, Reviewing, and Responding

This short workshop will give an overview of the typical scholarly journal structure and reviewing process. Best practices for becoming involved as a reviewer and accomplishing the reviews will be given. Journal rankings and choosing an appropriate journal are also topics. The components of a typical scholarly paper are discussed in turn and writing papers that facilitate acceptance will be examined. Handling reviews effectively will also be covered including the steps of revision, responding to reviewers, and publicizing your accepted paper. Ethical practices in reviewing and publishing are an important part of this workshop. Finally, tips for becoming involved in editorial positions are outlined. This workshop is designed to help participants to engage with the academic journal system productively. 

This program is highly interactive and includes small group breakout sessions.

Workshop Objectives

  • Understanding the structure and process of scholarly journals and the peer review system
  • Identifying the pathways to engaging with scholarly journals as author, reviewer, and editor
  • Familiarity of best practices for producing a competitive manuscript
  • Knowing what makes effective responses to reviewers and editors
  • Awareness of the ethical aspects of publishing, both as an author and as a reviewer


Alice E. Smith, Ph.D., P.E.
Joe W. Forehand, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Computer Science and Software Engineering
Auburn University 


If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this workshop, or have questions about accessibility, please contact us at UMMS-Faculty-Development@med.umich.edu.

Upcoming Sessions

There are no scheduled sessions for this workshop.