Academic Writing and Publishing

From E-Learning Faculty Modules


Module Summary

This module focuses on academic writing and publishing, in a digital age. This will take learners through the initial steps of brainstorming ideas for their respective domain fields. This will offer some basic ideas of the "ground rules" for publication. This will also set some basic expectations for what academic publishing involves currently.


Learners will...

  • Define academic publishing as a field
  • Review the conventions and ethics of academic writing
  • Discuss the relevant laws affecting academic publishing
  • Describe information gathering and research
  • Describe some written artifacts related to publishing
  • Review usual academic publisher processes
  • Explain imagery concerns for publishing
  • Describe multimedia often created for academic publication
  • Discuss issues for writers in publishing online
  • Collaborate around a workshop for academic research and writing (individual specialty identification, identifying potential publishers, strategizing writing projects, identifying potential professional allies, and political and university considerations)

Module Pretest

A Self-Readiness Assessment for Academic Writing and Publishing

Please begin by writing the following:

  • Your areas of professional expertise
  • Your areas of professional interests
  • What you enjoy reading professionally
  • Your ambitions for academic research, writing, and publishing
  • Your experiences with academic research, writing and publishing

Main Contents

Here is a link to a photo album slideshow about academic writing and publishing.

A .pdf version of the above slideshow is available at the link below.

A .ppt (PowerPoint) version of the above slideshow is available at the link below.


The WWW offers a wide range of resources in a number of fields. The expectations and terms are continually changing, so it helps to use the most recent resources. Also, select resources from reputable publishing houses and companies. Avoid custom publishing.

Check out some links to the following:

  • Query Letters (to publishers)
  • Publisher "Author Guidelines"

For those who are more ambitious, check out the following:

  • Chapter Templates
  • Book Prospectus

Optimally, choose examples from your specific domain field.

How To

The module's slideshow photo album (above) shows the basic steps of how to write and publish. This image below provides an overview of the steps.


Possible Pitfalls

Publishing always involves some risk.

Make sure that you're

  • ready to publish,
  • that you have original work,
  • that you have something to contribute to the greater good,
  • and that you're confident enough to proceed.

Once a work has been released to the public, it is out there for a variety of uses. People who publish prematurely may shut down their own creative instincts if they find the rough-and-tumble of the publishing environment too difficult.

Then, once you've decided, proceed with caution.

Module Post-Test

Possible Publications

1. Please identify 5 contemporary academic publications in your domain field that you may wish to publish in. (It helps to have read these and to be familiar with the contents and the editorial policies).

2. Make a list of their contact information, their publication schedule, their editorial policies, and the names of the editors / editorial board members.

Initial Work on a Draft Paper / Chapter

3. Draft some initial ideas for what you may wish to write about.

4. Draft some query letters.

5. Plan your initial research for one paper.

6. Outline the contents that you will need for this paper.

7. Begin work on the writing project.


United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Network Solutions

Extra Resources

See Common Commercial Publishing Rules.

See Writing a Book Prospectus.


Academic Writing and Publishing in a Digital Age


Educause Review Online (ERO)

Journal of Interactive Instruction Development (JIID) of Society of Applied Learning Technologies (SALT)

Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) of Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT)

IGI-Global Author / Editor Resources


DEOS-Listserv (Penn State)




K-REx (K-State Research Exchange)



Open Access Initiative (OAISTER) of the OCLC


MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching)


Hai-Jew, S. (2016, Apr. 4). Writing and Publishing about Applied Technologies in Technology Journals and Books. Retrieved Apr. 30, 2017, from