Writing Review Articles

A workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center.

Writing a review article in early stages of the PhD-project has several advantages: 1. The systematic study of the literature and the organisation of information increase the understanding of the topic. 2. PhD candidates gain experience with the writing and publishing process. 3. High quality reviews published in international journals are well-read and highly-cited.

Thus publishing a review article is beneficial for career advancement. The objectives of this workshop are (1) to understand structural patterns of review articles, (2) to approach review-writing projects with pragmatism and efficiency.


Friday, December 10, 2021
Self-learning unit + individual coaching sessions (20 minutes) to be scheduled between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Please register your interest in this workshop with your BIGS coordinator by September 8, 2021


Dr. Philipp Mayer





Target Group

Doctoral students from the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences.




4 units are applicable within the "Doctorate plus" certificate

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Course Content

  • Narrative reviews versus systematic reviews
  • Text structure (outline) of systematic reviews
  • Text structure of narrative reviews: storyline, sections, paragraphs
  • Writing process: when to start, steps to consider, software to use
  • Text quality: quality criteria, recommendations
  • Publishing reviews: journals, topics, co-operations

Course Elements

1. A document with workshop information and tasks to do (instructions for self-learning).
2. A screencast in video format with key messages.
3. A document in PDF format including slides presented in the screencast. In addition, this document includes references and websites.
4. Handouts in PDF format.
5. An email the participant sends to the trainer describing main challenges related to writing review articles.
6. An online bulletin board for sharing comments and insights with other course participants.
7. The outline of the participant's next review article. The participant sends his or her outline to the trainer not later than three hours before the coaching session.
8. A 1:1 coaching session with the trainer on December 10. The session will be held via Zoom and will take 20 min.

Please note that this workshop consists of a self-learning unit of approx. 3 hours and a 20-minute individual coaching session.  


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141



Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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