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330.611.01 Writing Publishable Manuscripts for the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mental Health
2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Elizabeth Letourneau
Course Instructor :

Students must begin the course with a well-formulated idea for an empirical research paper and completed (or near completed) data analysis.


Provides training in the preparation of manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals, with a focus on empirical papers and systematic reviews. Develops students' ability to serve as reviewers and critically evaluate the written work of peers. Covers topics relevant to effective communication and dissemination of ideas, including journal selection, preparation of cover letters, and responses to reviewers. Incorporates informal presentations from diverse JHSPH faculty members, as well as student critiques of other students' works in progress.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand how to formulate and organize an empirical paper and systematic review
  2. Produce a manuscript to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal
  3. Offer critical feedback as a peer reviewer
Methods of Assessment:

Based on class participation, a written review of a class member's work, and a final paper in the form of an empirical research paper suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal

Enrollment Restriction:

Enrollment is restricted to PhD students in the second year or beyond.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Consent is required to establish that interested students have a well-developed paper idea and completed (or near completed) data analysis.

For consent, contact: