Skip Navigation

Course Directory

Writing Publishable Manuscripts for the Social and Behavioral Sciences

East Baltimore
2nd term
Mental Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Monday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor:
Elizabeth Letourneau

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 student critiques of other students' works in progress and writing accountability group (WAG) activities.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Demonstrate 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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 25% Participation
  • 25% Peer-feedback
  • 50% Final Paper

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: