In 2013, the Syracuse University Graduate School and Syracuse University Press presented Essentials of Academic Publication, a series of six symposiums.

Meet the Press: An Overview of Academic Book Publication

Get the inside scoop on how scholarly publishing works from the staff of Syracuse University Press! These are the people who work closely with academic authors, from initial proposal to finished book and beyond. You’ll learn what to expect from the publication process and how to be the kind of author presses like to work with.

Presenters: Suzanne Guiod, editor-in-chief; Kay Steinmetz, editorial and production manager; and Lisa Kuerbis, marketing coordinator (January 31, 2013).

Journal Publication: What First-Time Authors Need to Know

Experienced faculty advisors and journal editors demystify the process of journal submission. Learn how to interact with editors, what to expect from the review process, and ways to avoid rookie errors.

Presenters: Stuart Rosenthal is professor of economics at SU. He edits the Journal of Urban Economics and holds numerous other editorial positions with journals. Leigh Ann Wheeler and Jean Quataert are professors of history at Binghamton University and co-editors of the Journal of Women’s History (February 7, 2013).

Dissertation Chapters and Seminar Papers: Revising for Publication

Many journal articles are reworkings of research originally undertaken as part of a graduate degree program. Yet the norms governing such forms of scholarly writing as the dissertation chapter and the seminar paper are often at odds with the requirements of a journal article. In this session we consider these differences in depth and offer guidance for turning your previous work into manuscripts suitable for journal submission.

Presenters: Kathryn Everly is associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at SU. She serves on the editorial board of Symposium. David Popp is associate professor of public administration and international affairs at SU. He co-edits the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (February 14, 2013).

Making Your Pitch: The Book Proposal

To get your academic book published, you need more than a quality manuscript. You need to know how and when to approach publishers, how to craft your proposal materials, and most importantly, how to look at your project through the eyes of the publisher, so that you can understand and anticipate their concerns. This session in the Essentials of Academic Publication series will lead you through the acquisitions process, review and discuss the standard contents of a book proposal, and offer guidance on how to present yourself as the kind of author presses want to work with.

Presenters: Jennika Baines is an acquisitions editor with Syracuse University Press. She acquires books in Irish studies, Jewish history and culture, Iroquois studies, sports and entertainment, television and popular culture, and writing and community. Glenn Wright is director of the Graduate School Press at Syracuse University and formerly an acquisitions editor with SU Press (February 21, 2013).

The Dissertation-to-Book Transition

Your first academic book is likely to be a reworking of your doctoral dissertation. Yet differences in scope, organization, documentation, audience, and discursive register can make the transition from dissertation to book a formidable one for even the most accomplished scholarly projects. Longtime university press book series editors share their insights on negotiating these differences and producing a thoroughly revised book manuscript within a tenure-friendly timeframe.

Presenters: James MacKillop is emeritus professor of English at Onondaga Community College and Syracuse University Press series editor for Irish studies. Anthony Preus is distinguished teaching professor of philosophy at Binghamton University. He edits the SUNY Press series on ancient Greek philosophy (February 28, 2013).

Negotiating the Book Publication Contract

Like an academic job offer, the offer of an academic book contract presents opportunities for those with a firm grasp of their bargaining position. What are the standard provisions of an academic book contract? Which clauses are negotiable, and how much wiggle room is there? What exactly is an “advance” contract? This final session in the Essentials of Academic Publication series will address these questions, parse the legalese, and help you understand the expectations, for both author and press, that the publication contract enshrines.

Presenters: Alice Pfeiffer and Suzanne Guiod are director and editor-in-chief, respectively, at Syracuse University Press (March 7, 2013).