Publishing Research Articles

A workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center.

Publishing research articles in scientific journals is a demanding task. It is a task sometimes rewarding and sometimes frustrating. As publishing is a prerequisite for a career in academia, it is important to approach the topic strategically. In this workshop, you will gain an understanding of the publication process in peer-reviewed journals and develop individual strategies for publishing research articles.


Friday, July 9, 2021
8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

thereafter 1:1 coaching sessions (25 min.) and self-learning unit

Please register your interest in this workshop with your BIGS coordinator by March 9, 2021


Dr. Philipp Mayer





Target Group

Doctoral students in the life sciences, natural sciences, and social sciences




8 units are applicable within the "Doctorate plus" certificate

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Course Content

  • The peer review system: players and procedures
  • Criteria for journal selection (e.g. journal reputation, decision time)
  • Publishing in open access journals
  •  what editors want
  • What reviewers do
  • How to write a review by yourself
  • How to respond to editors and reviewers‘ comments
  • What to do in case of rejection
  • Authorship negotiations
  • Ethical obligations
  • Copyright issues


Course Description

The objectives of this workshop are:

  • to understand the publication process in peer-reviewed journals
  • to develop individual strategies for publishing research articles.

The distance learning course contains seven elements.

  1. A document with workshop information and tasks (self-learning units). 
  2. An email participants send to the trainer describing their two or three main challenges related to publishing research articles. 
  3. A ZOOM meeting on July 9 between 8:15 am and 9:15 am.
  4. A PDF document including the slides shown in the meeting. Also included: additional slides, recommended websites, references.
  5. A PDF document with handouts.
  6. A 1:1 coaching session with the trainer on July 9. The aim of this session is to reflect the tasks and to discuss publishing strategies. The 1:1 coaching session will be held via ZOOM and will take 25 minutes. The session will be scheduled between 9:30 am and 6:00 pm.
  7. An online bulletin board for sharing comments and insights with other participants. This is the place for questions, answers, problems, solutions.

 Participants are expected to invest a total workload of 6.5 hours


Bonn Graduate Center


Martina Stephan
+49 228 73-60915


Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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