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Writing Articles for International Publication in Peer-Reviewed Journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences

This practical, interactive workshop on developing your research for article publication offers an inside view of the process from an international publisher and editor.

The first half-day focuses on the abstract for a journal article: an essential means of attracting the attention of journal editors and eventually the readership for the published article. It will appear in many more places than the article itself (websites, databases, catalogues and online listings) and thus forms an essential means of highlighting the article and its contribution to the field. This part of the workshop takes the form of an intensive session on writing abstracts in English for non-native speakers, designed to enable participants to develop clear and concise ways to summarise an article for maximum impact. It encourages critical thinking about the abstract’s function, offers a clear and practical framework for structuring an abstract, and practice in revising and editing the first draft.

Building on the skills developed on the first half-day, the second day will focus on the move towards international dissemination enabled by writing in English, and on important differences between writing a PhD and writing for publication. There will be a mixture of presentation, discussion and interactive exercises in which participants are encouraged to consider their projects in relation to the criteria of journal editors and reviewers, in order to identify areas for developing articles beyond the PhD. Key themes relating to the writing process include addressing an international readership, first impressions, structure and style, presenting a scholarly argument, and use of secondary scholarship. In addition, the workshop offers a broad overview of the contexts, systems and processes of journals publishing, including peer review, copyright and open access.


Interactive workshop with group discussions, writing exercise, revision and editing on the first day, and verbal exercises in pairs on the second day, together with presentations, questions, and handouts for reference.

Learning Results

On the first day, participants will
• deepen their understanding of the functions of an abstract
• think critically about the reader’s expectations
• learn how to write an effective abstract for a journal article, using a framework of key elements
• revise and edit their draft abstract

On the second day, participants will
• gain information and understanding about the contexts, systems and processes of journals publishing, including journal editors’ criteria, peer review, copyright and open access
• work on ways to highlight their contribution to the field
• develop their awareness of the demands of addressing an international audience
• learn writing tips from an international publisher and editor
• deepen their understanding of what makes an effective and convincing scholarly argument
• learn how to use secondary scholarship to best effect
• reflect on key differences between continental and Anglo-American scholarly traditions
• take away a checklist and action plan for their article

Special Conditions

The workshop is best suited to those in the later stages of a PhD, who are working on a draft article(s), or at least identifying sections of a doctoral research project suitable for article publication. If you have an article in progress, at whatever stage, you may find it helpful to bring it along to the workshop.
Participants are requested to supply a brief outline of their research in advance, so that the trainer can adjust the workshop coverage as necessary for the group.


Seminarzentrum D 2, Room 3, Bergheimer Straße 58, Entrance Fehrentzstraße


Thursday, 19.04.2018, 13:30 - 17:00 Uhr
Friday, 20.04.2018, 09:00 - 16:00 Uhr


Josie Dixon
Lucian Consulting

Target Group

Doktorand/innen aus den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften

Number of participants

Max. 16 Personen


30 €

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