Kursdetails/Course Details

3.5 WS2023/24

25.01.2024, 9-17 h
26.01.2024, 09-13 h

Trainer: Dr. Andrea Sanchini
Course fee:
free of charge
Ort/Venue: Schlaues Haus Oldenburg
Anmeldefrist/ Registration deadline: 15.01.2024

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Andrea Sanchini is a trainer in scientific writing, and a scientist at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. In July 2017, he completed his PhD in Biomedical Sciences. He has more than ten years of experience in the field of Life Sciences and as such, can fully understand the needs and problems facing scientists and especially PhD candidates. As a scientist, he experienced the challenges of writing and publishing journal articles with limited time and limited funding. While enrolled in an international PhD graduate school in Berlin, he had the chance to receive formal training in scientific writing and publishing. Andrea has worked in Public Health institutions and universities in Italy, France, Germany, and India. He is fluent in English and German and his native language is Italian. He is a member of the Gesellschaft für Schreibdidaktik und Schreibforschung (Society for Writing Research), the National Association of Science Writers, and the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

3.5 Publishing Journal Articles: Strategies for Success

It is essential for Ph.D. candidates and scientists to develop an impressive publication record. The publication of high quality journal articles is imperative in order to apply for jobs or for research grants, to communicate findings, and to define their reputation in the field. This “publish-or-perish” approach, however, may decrease the quality of the journal articles.

By providing adequate training, it is possible to maintain high quality of publications. Unfortunately, Ph.D. candidates and scientists often do not receive any formal training to publish journal articles. Instead they learn the craft of publishing “by doing” and by making mistakes.

Journal articles should be published in order to influence the field – not simply to increase the list of publications. In this workshop, Andrea Sanchini will discuss with participants on how to navigate the different steps of publishing and how to deal with the peer review process, increasing the chances of acceptance.

Included Topics

  • Introduction to publishing
  • Publishing for impact
  • How to select a target journal
  • H-index, impact factor and other journal and article metrics
  • The peer review system: submitting, revising, and re-submitting
  • How to effectively communicate with editors and reviewers
  • Copyright and licenses
  • Ethical issues in publishing (e.g. predatory publishing, authorship disputes, plagiarism)
  • Publishing open access

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Use strategies to enhance the strengths of their publications
  • Evaluate the quality of a target journal
  • Describe the process of the peer review system
  • Write powerful cover letters and revision letters
  • Recognize unethical behaviour and publishing misconduct

Teaching methods

This workshop follows a balanced approach, including input presentations provided by the trainer, individual learning phases and group exercises. In addition, hand-outs, checklists, sample articles and examples of cover letters from the trainer's own experience in publishing articles will be provided.

Preparing for the workshop

During the workshop, participants can draft a cover letter (half page to one page) for their next publication. Therefore, before the workshop participants are asked to prepare the (preliminary) title of their next publication.

Workshop target group
This workshop is especially useful for Ph.D. candidates of Natural, Life and Social Sciences faculties. More experienced scientists such as early Postdocs can also take advantage of the workshop, since they can optimize their strategies to publish journal articles.

Please note:
Due to a large number of very short-term cancellations and unannounced absences in the recent past we would like to point out again that registrations for workshops of the Graduate Academy are binding. Cancellations are only acceptable under imperative circumstances and need to be announced as early as possible. If this is not the case, workshop places that have become available cannot be given to individuals on the waiting list or the workshop cannot be cancelled in due course in the case of low demand. In this case high cancellation fees occur. Under these circumstances the offer of the Graduate Academy cannot be held up in the medium term.

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