Penn Graduate Student Center

Navigating the Academy Events

About Navigating the Academy Events

Navigating the Academy Events seek to help doctoral students be successful in all aspects of their doctoral work, with focuses on skill building, intellectual engagement, and a better understanding of the doctoral experience.. This program is cosponsored by Penn Graduate Student Center and GAPSA.

The Library offers a great many workshops to help in the research and dissertation process. 

Career Services offers extensive programming to help doctoral students transfer their skills to the academic and non-academic job market process.


Cite Your Sources: Learning to Use Reference Management Software

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Reference management can save researchers considerable amounts of time and energy in compiling bibliographies. Come to this one-hour lunchtime workshop where Meaghan Moody and Rebecca Stuhr of Penn Libraries will teach and demonstrate Zotero and Mendeley, two of the most widely-used programs for academic citation. Refreshments will be provided.

Publishing Series

Curious about publishing but not sure where to start? Join the library staff and the Graduate Student Center for a five session guide through the publishing process. Below are the sessions and their learning outcomes. Graduate students are welcome to attend the whole series, but each session is also valuable individually.

Deciding Where to Publish: Finding Publication Venues That Align With Your Goals

Tuesday, February 05, 2019, 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Whether it’s your first-time publishing or you are a publishing veteran, deciding where to publish can be a daunting task that will impact you for years to come.  Not only is finding the right “fit” for your scholarship extremely important, but your publication venue also determines other important factors, like where and how you can share your scholarship after it’s published (your personal website, or ResearchGate, etc.) or whether or not you can reuse your work elsewhere (conferences, subsequent publications, etc.). This presentation will help get you started in establishing your publishing criteria, developing a list of journals/publishers, and evaluating those publication venues based on the criteria you develop. The session will also briefly cover some best practices for submitting, reading/negotiating publishing contracts, and sharing your work after it’s published. 


Understanding the Journal Publishing Process for Early Career STEM Authors

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk
Registration start: Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Kenneth Zaret (Joseph Leidy Professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the Perelman School of Medicine) as he discusses the journal publishing process for early career graduate students and faculty in the sciences. This workshop will provide a casual, interactive opportunity to learn more about tips and best practices for successfully navigating the world of academic journal publishing from the perspective of a practicing editor. Dr. Zaret has served as an editor of the journals Molecular and Cellular Biology (1993-1997) and Development (2006-2012), as a guest editor of Methods: A Companion to Methods in Enzymology (1997), Current Opinions in Genetics and Development (2001), and Mechanisms of Development (2003). Dr. Zaret is currently on the Editorial Boards of Science, Genes and Development, Development, and Current Opinion in Genetics and Development, on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Differentiation.

Publishing Your Book: A Humanities and Social Science Perspective

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk
Registration start: Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Join us for lunch with Senior Humanities Editor at the University of Pennsylvania Press, Jerry Singerman. Singerman will share his seasoned perspective on how early career scholars can navigate the book publishing world. His talk includes tips on communicating with publishing firms and editors, writing book proposals, and transforming the dissertation into a scholarly monograph, and a timeline from proposal to publication.

Who Owns Your Scholarship? Understanding Publishing Agreements to Retain Your Author Rights

Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk
Registration start: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

You did the research; you wrote the article. But once you publish, who owns that work? Many times, publishers require you to transfer all of your rights over to them as a prerequisite for publishing your article, book, or other scholarly work. This can limit your ability to post your work online, share it with a colleague, or even reuse it in a conference presentation or subsequent work. This workshop will cover the basics of reading and understanding publishing contracts as well as ways to retain more of your rights through author addenda or negotiation.

Where, Why, and How to Share Your Work: The Good and the Questionable

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk
Registration start: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A comparative look at the different sharing sites—what they offer, what you should be paying attention to, what scholars hope to get from the different sites, and what their importance might be for successful careers (there is no one answer!). We’ll be looking at major sites such as arXiv, ResearchGate and, but also disciplinary sites such as Humanities Commons, mediacommons, bioRxiv, nines, FigShare, and more.

Digital Publishing Platforms Crash Course

Tuesday, April 02, 2019, 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk
Registration start: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

This 45-minute workshop will introduce attendees to some of the newer academic digital publishing technologies (as well as some of the more familiar established options). We’ll dive into web-based journal publishing platforms like Janeway and PubPub, monograph publishing tools like Editoria, and multimodal technologies like Manifold and Jekyll, with a distinct focus on open source tech (though we’ll also cover some closed technologies, too). Attendees will walk away with a clear understanding of the current state of the scholarly digital publishing ecosystem, including an overview of implementations and opportunities here at Penn.

Common Room Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9AM - 8PM
Friday: 9AM - 6PM
Saturday-Sunday: 12pm - 6pm

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221