Registration: Mapping the storyline in science and engineering publications (good to advanced English skills) - first publication experience

Venue: FNO 01/171
Time: 09.00 - 17.00 hrs (incl. 1 h lunchbreak)
Trainer: Prof. Dr. Monique Dorang
Language: English
Participants: max. 12 persons
Credit Point: acknowledged with 1 CP for the doctoral training programme of RUB-RS Certificate


This three-day workshop is particularly helpful for researchers who would like to develop the line of argument through which they engage in scientific discourse to present their research.


Course description:

Scientific journals publish guidelines for prospective authors to inform them of the requirements concerning the language quality, the format, and the font size in which to submit manuscripts. The journals also provide insight into reviewing procedures and instruct scientists wishing to contribute research papers how best to comply with ethical standards. Yet, when it comes to the quality of the narrative, numerous scientific journals tend to summarize their expectations under general terms such as ‘outstanding’ or ‘novel’ findings. The question which then arises is how to convince the journal reviewers of the relevance of one's research for the disciplinary community, or even of its significance for society at large.


While identifying and discussing the standards for English-language scientific publications which strongly scaffold each section of a paper, this workshop focuses on the narrative, that is, the manner in which the research question and the results are presented.  In this workshop, you will learn to investigate the storylines of successful journal articles and to render your own research topic more tangible for your readers.


Themes and activities will include:

  • submitting a draft for peer and trainer feedback
  • identifying standards applied in successful scientific publications
  • exploring the content and purpose of individual paper sections
  • adapting tone to readership
  • drafting a paper proposal
  • theme-focused peer and trainer feedback
  • charting your storyline
  • mirroring the Introduction and Conclusion sections of a scientific paper
  • writing under guidance and with trainer feedback

Note for participants

Prior to the workshop, you will receive a “Call for Texts” requesting you to submit your own academic writing sample, preferably selected from the Introduction or Conclusion section of a paper you have written or are currently writing. This writing sample will provide the basis for peer and trainer feedback during the workshop.


Also, during the workshop, we will put the skills practiced to use and you will be requested to mirror the writing sample submitted prior to the workshop by writing either an Introduction or Conclusion section. For this text, you will again receive trainer feedback.


Requirement concerning English language skills

To benefit from this workshop, participants should have achieved the English level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and be progressing toward level C1. The CEFR self-assessment grid may be found at:




Professor Monique Dorang, PhD, is a trainer and consultant for academic writing and publishing. She conducts workshops for graduates and research supervisors in collaboration with staff development institutions, research centers, and foundations. She also provides editing and personal counselling for science research writers.

Date: 19.–21.07.2017
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