RUB Research School

Wr_13: ONLINE Professionalizing Writing for Academic Journals

For Doctoral Researchers & Postdocs from all research fields | Advanced Writers of English

Online workshop

Date: 23.-25.11.2022
Time: 09.00 - 17.00 hrs with flexible time schedule incl. breaks
Trainer: Prof. Dr. Monique Dorang
Language: English
Participants: max. 6 persons
Credit Point: acknowledged with 1 CP for the doctoral training programme of RUB-RS Certificate

This three-day online literacy course addresses the interests of advanced writers of English who are currently involved in writing up research findings. It therefore focuses on both text development and publishing strategies. Its workload is comprehensive and attendance is limited to six early career researchers.

Course description
Ahead of the course, participants will be sent a “Call for Texts” inviting them to submit a 600-word Introduction section, on the basis of which they will receive individual trainer feedback during the course. They will be guided in exploring the discursive and stylistic means employed in a self-selected model research article published by a leading author in their discipline. The course forum will enable discussions on author roles, the scientific conversations led by self-selected target journals and the options for collaboration through academic networks.

Drafting exercises will prompt participants to identify questions that may be raised by journal reviewers, to address their scientific community by putting forward their own questions or to deal professionally with the limitations of their research work. Such topics will provide the opportunity to draft and revise a second writing sample (e.g., from the Discussion or Conclusion section), for which participants will again receive feedback from the trainer.

Course activities will include

  • Submitting a 600-word section from the Introduction of a current writing project
  • Selecting and submitting a model research article published by a leading author
  • Presenting one’s writing project, target readership and journal options
  • Presenting one’s author role and related responsibilities
  • Examining discursive and stylistic means in the Introduction and Conclusion of self-selected research articles
  • Analyzing the scientific conversation led by self-selected target journals
  • Mapping one’s academic research network and assessing collaboration options
  • Anticipating and responding to questions by journal reviewers
  • Marking the scientific discourse by stating one’s own questions (Discussion section)
  • Reflecting and dealing professionally with the limitations of one’s research work
  • Evaluating course achievements and setting future goals
  • Drafting and revising a second writing sample for trainer feedback

Online course design
In a blended learning environment, this course combines remote Zoom video conference meetings, which include forum debates or small group discussions, and guided individual work. Participation via audio and video is therefore required to validate attendance.

English language skills
A prerequisite to benefit from this course is that participants should have achieved the English level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and be progressing towards level C2.

Professor Monique Dorang, PhD, is a trainer and consultant for academic writing and publishing. She conducts workshops for graduates and postdocs in collaboration with graduate schools and research centres and offers editing and counselling for individual authors.

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