Registration: Shaping the Storyline in Science and Engineering Publications: Focus on Introduction, Discussion and/or Conclusion - all

Venue: FNO 01/135
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


Three-day workshop for graduates and post-docs from the fields of Natural Sciences and Engineering is of particular interest to researchers who would like practice elaborating the Introduction, Discussion or Conclusion section for an ongoing writing project.


Course description


The incentive to publish during the doctoral research phase is high. Yet, throughout one’s scientific career, writing to publish will remain an endeavour. Also, when asked, scientists generally point to the Introduction and Discussion sections of research articles as being the most difficult to craft. Indeed, these sections are the most scrutinized by journal reviewers. More importantly, however, throughout the paper, the reader seeks an argumentative flow of information connecting the research question and main conclusions.


This workshop for twelve participants focuses on the meta-structure of research articles, which strongly scaffolds each manuscript section. It also explores further strategically relevant themes implicitly or explicitly included in the scientific narrative, such as establishing the context of research, joining the scientific conversation and presenting one’s own research approach. Participants create models based on the Introduction, Discussion or Conclusion sections of a journal article from their discipline which they select prior to the workshop. They then use these models to design and formulate sections of their own scientific argument, which they subsequently test in a personal exchange belonging to collaborative writing.


Themes and activities will include:

  • submitting a draft for peer and trainer feedback
  • selecting a sample research article to design the meta-structure
  • exploring further themes included in the scientific narrative
  • theme-focused peer and trainer feedback (on drafts submitted prior to workshop)
  • drafting mini-sections of the scientific narrative
  • testing the scientific argument (personal exchange in collaborative writing)
  • finalizing, revising and editing drafts followed by trainer feedback


Note for participants

Prior to the workshop, you will receive a “Call for texts” requesting you to submit a 500-word draft describing your current research. This writing sample will provide the basis for theme-focused peer and trainer feedback during the workshop. Simultaneously, you will be invited to select a research article which you will use during the workshop to design your model for the Introduction, Discussion or Conclusion section. Day 3 of the workshop provides the opportunity to write and revise a brief paper section, for which you will again receive trainer feedback.


Requirement concerning English language skills

To benefit from this workshop, it is essential that participants should have achieved the English level B2 and be progressing towards level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 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 doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in collaboration with graduate schools, research centers, and foundations. She also provides structural and stylistic editing as well as personal counselling for science research writers.

Date: 22.–24.05.2019

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