Registration: Optimizing writing strategies for publishing research in English (good to advanced English skills) - all

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 increase their writing productivity, learn to revise methodically, and develop a stronger reader focus.


Course description:

Excellent scientists need excellent data, but they also need to be able to successfully communicate the results and significance of their research to their peers in the community. Writing good scientific papers is hard work, even for many experienced researchers. Being aware of the criteria which scientific papers must meet and managing the writing process efficiently can make the task easier.


In this workshop, you will learn about the structural and language norms for scientific papers published in English. You will also be introduced to writing strategies and tools that will help you to methodically draft your own texts, pinpoint their strengths and weaknesses, and revise them effectively.


Themes and activities will include:

  • submitting a draft for peer and trainer feedback
  • investigating the basic structure of a research paper
  • identifying expectations concerning scientific publications
  • managing the writing process professionally
  • practising the Writing Process Approach
  • understanding the drafting and revision processes
  • developing author responsibility and reader focus
  • assessing the appropriateness of one’s research question
  • giving, receiving, and using feedback competently
  • recognizing stylistically adequate and inadequate language
  • 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 a sample of your own academic writing. This writing sample will provide the basis for peer and trainer feedback during the workshop.

Also, during the workshop, you will be invited to write a further text, in order to put the skills practised to use. For this text, you will again receive trainer feedback on language and style.


Requirement concerning English language skills

To benefit from this workshop, participants should have achieved the English level B2 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:


If you have first experiences in writing or publishing papers, the following two workshops might also be interesting:


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

Professionalizing Writing for Academic Journals



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: 03.–05.07.2019

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