Registration: Professionalizing writing for academic journals - advanced writers of English

Venue: FNO 01/135
Time: 09.00 - 17.00 hrs (incl. 1 h lunchbreak)
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 intensive workshop is particularly helpful for researchers with advanced writing skills in English who would like to professionalize their scientific writing skills and authorship responsibilities.


Course description

This workshop offers advanced writers of English the opportunity to write a manuscript section, compare their reader focus, narrative and style with that of experienced authors from their own discipline, receive peer and trainer feedback, and prepare to communicate with scientific journals. The aim is to enhance a strategic approach towards producing a professional manuscript while anticipating peer reviewers’ critique.


Beyond the linguistic challenge of publishing in English, leading a publication project to success involves collaboration with other scholars in ensuring the quality of the study, designing the narrative for a specific readership, and seeking the assistance of academic literacy experts to improve language and style. Working on how one may achieve this complex goal is therefore central to professionalizing one’s writing and publishing practices.


This workshop for six early career researchers invites participants to explore the style and the communication strategies of experienced scientific authors in their field for the benefit of their own publication project. We will study model research articles selected from relevant journals by the participants themselves and pinpoint a variety of stylistic and discursive means which participants can adopt to further develop their own writing style.


Participants will equally present their own writing sample taken from a current publication project and receive peer and trainer feedback. They will be invited to reflect upon their specific readership and target journal and to assess their own options in networking at regional and transnational levels with scholars, academic literacy experts and scientific journals. Finally, we will look into authorship rights and communicating with journals as corresponding author.


Themes and activities will include:

  • selecting and submitting a model research article for comparative study
  • submitting a personal writing sample for peer and trainer feedback
  • identifying stylistic and discursive means in model research articles
  • selecting stylistic and discursive means to advance one’s own publication project
  • presenting one’s personal writing sample, specific readership and target journal
  • evaluating the reader focus and narrative in personal writing samples
  • making use of feedback to revise personal writing sample
  • assessing networking options (scholars, literacy experts, scientific journals)
  • communicating with scientific journals (corresponding author)
  • writing again for current publication project (with trainer feedback)


Note for participants

Ahead of the workshop, you will receive a “Call for model research articles” requesting you to submit a relevant publication from your discipline. Simultaneously, you will receive a “Call for personal writing samples” requesting you to submit a writing sample from a current publication project. Both are to be submitted to the trainer two weeks ahead of the workshop. 


Requirement concerning English language skills

To benefit from this workshop, participants should have achieved the English level C1 and be progressing towards level C2 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 graduates and research supervisors in collaboration with staff development institutions, research centers, and scholarship foundations.

Date: 06.–08.11.2019

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