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Episode #171

How To Unclog Your Publication Pipeline

Are you ready to transition your publication pipeline from a theoretical list of articles you might write to a steady flow of published pieces?

If you use productivity apps and calendar tools but are still struggling to unclog your publication pipeline, this episode is for you!


Today, I talk about the four levels of publication planning. First, most academics engage with calendar-level productivity tools. While that is a great start, to truly be productive and have a flowing pipeline, you need to master all four of these core publication planning stages.

Moving Past Calendar Level Productivity

Most academics use productivity tools or apps to organize their time. However, these tools only focus on your schedule. Things like controlling your email or blocking out writing time are great, but they are only one piece of the publication puzzle. In order to get your pipeline flowing, you need to go beyond calendar-level productivity planning.


4 Levels of Publication Planning

In the Navigate Program, we coach around these four levels of publication planning. This process fills in the missing gaps when you stick to calendar-level productivity only. 


Level 1: Creating a Publication Pipeline

Your pipeline needs to be a high-level, multi-project plan.


Level 2: Projects

This step is where you take your publication pipeline and start project management.


Level 3: Weekly Planning

The 3rd level is where the calendar productivity piece fits. This is when you schedule writing blocks and create boundaries around your time.


Level 4: Every Day Writing Sessions

To make your publication pipeline flow, you need to write consistently. This might mean you follow a twice-weekly plan or daily goal. Choose something you can stick with.


Creating an Effective Pipeline

The first and most crucial level of publication planning is your pipeline. Your publication pipeline should include every stage of the article or writing piece. Minimally you want to have the outline, research, and submission. However, there is no cookie-cutter approach to building a successful pipeline. Instead, it should be customized to your writing process. Once the publication pipeline is complete, you can effectively map out each project. 


“There’s a general mood in the summer or academic recess of: I’m going to use this time to move and advance publications through my pipeline so that when I get to September and I’m teaching again or back in the thick of my university work then I’m like a little bit ahead.”


Being good at productivity or having productivity skills doesn’t necessarily lead to a flowing publication pipeline. To unclog your publication pipeline you need more than a productivity system, you need more than a good calendar or a productivity app. You need some other core things”


We’ve opened the waitlist for our next cohort of Navigate: Your Writing Roadmap®. Check out the program details and start your application process here



  1. Our 12-week Navigate: Your Writing Roadmap® program helps tenure-track womxn and nonbinary professors with a disruptive perspective on their field to publish their backlog of papers so that their voice can have the impact they know is possible. Check out the program details and get on the waitlist to be notified when the next cohort opens here.
  2. Cathy’s book, Making Time to Write: How to Resist the Patriarchy and Take Control of Your Academic Career Through Writing is available in print! Learn how to build your career around your writing practice while shattering the myths of writing every day, accountability, and motivation, doing mindset work that’s going to reshape your writing, and changing academic culture one womxn and nonbinary professor at a time. Get your print copy today or order it for a friend here!
  3. Want to train with us for free on your campus? Now you can when you recommend our Scholar’s Voice Faculty Retreats to a decision-maker on your campus! Download the brochure with the retreat curriculum and both in-person and online retreat options here.






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