The words “publish or perish” are familiar to those in the academic world. As part of its mission to provide quality professional development experiences, the Graduate School has engaged the services of George Thompson, a veteran of the publishing industry, to offer our graduate students tips and techniques on how to navigate the publishing process, whether it is for journal articles or books.


We invite all graduate students, particularly those in their first year of a doctoral or terminal degree, to come to a group session by Mr. Thompson. Our first session will focus on those wishing to publish articles in referred journals; the second will focus on book publishing.
What? Introduction to Academic Publishing: Articles in Refereed Journals
Where? G55 Rose Administration Building (in the basement)
When? Wednesday, October 23, 2019
1:00 – 2:45 pm
What? Introduction to Academic Publishing: Books
Where? G55 Rose Administration Building (in the basement)
When? Thursday, October 24, 2019
1:00 – 2:45 pm
Kindly email Dr. Cathy Pagani ( by October 19, 2019, if you would like to attend. Please put “Publisher-in-Residence” in the subject line of the email.



We also offer individual one-on-one sessions with Mr. Thompson where you can discuss your work. Mr. Thompson will assist you formulate a timeline and develop strategies to publish your research. Please come prepared with a specific topic in mind.

What? One-on-one session with our Publisher-in-Residence
Where? Suite 100, Rose Administration Building
When? 40-minute time slots on Wednesday, October 23 through Friday, October 25, 2019 
How? Reserve your spot online at

The University of Alabama is one of few schools to offer this type of opportunity to its graduate students. We hope that you will decide to join us!

Mr. Thompson has given two public presentations to graduate students on navigating academic publishing. 
Watch the presentation videos:  2018 | 2017