Symposium on Research Writing for Publishing in Journals

Friday, April 18, 2014. 2-5pm
Lagomarcino Hall W0272

Learning how to write about research within the conventions of one’s discipline is an essential outcome of graduate education, important to postdocs, and a critical determinant of the success of junior faculty. This symposium will consider the language of journal articles with a focus on variation in how researchers in different academic disciplines write manuscripts that survive peer review. Editors of leading journals will discuss language use, peers’ expectations, and the development of innovative tools for analyzing written discourse. Join us for a unique take on research writing from the perspective of journal gatekeepers, students, and linguistic scholars.


  • Ruth Shaw, Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Editor of Evolution)
  • Michael Gelb, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Washington, Seattle (Previous Editorial Board Member of Journal of Biological Chemistry and Current Opinion in Chemical Biology)
  • Bruce Thyer, Professor, College of Social Work, Florida State University, Tallahassee (Founder and Editor of Research on Social Work Practice)
Symposium Schedule
2:00 – 2:05 Bill Graves, Iowa State University
Opening remarks
2:05 – 2:20 Dylan Rolfes, Iowa State University
Challenges in publishing: Graduate students’ perspectives
2:20 – 3:00 Ruth Shaw, University of Minnesota
Publishing in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
3:00 – 3:40 Bruce Thyer, Florida State University
Publishing in Social Work
3:40 – 3:55 Break
3:55 – 4:35 Michael Gelb, University of Washington
Publishing in Chemistry and Biochemistry
4:35 – 4:55 Elena Cotos, Iowa State University
Addressing students’ challenges in publishing
4:55 – 5:00 Carol A. Chapelle, Iowa State University
Closing remarks