PUBLISHING JOURNAL ARTICLES: STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS


Date

20.05.2020

Time

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Lecturer

Andrea Sanchini, Berlin

Number of Participants

7 to 14

Location

SR Theologie, Schwaansche Str. 5 (Besprechungsraum)

Language

English

Target Audience

advanced doctoral candidates of Natural, Life and Social Sciences, early postdocs

Participation Fee*

75 €

Course Description

It is essential for doctoral candidates and scientists to develop an impressive publication record. The publication of high quality journal articles is imperative in order to apply for jobs or for research grants, to communicate findings, and to define their reputation in the field. This “publish-or-perish” approach, however, may decrease the quality of the journal articles.
By providing adequate training, it is possible to maintain high quality of publications. Unfortunately, doctoral candidates and scientists often do not receive any formal training to publish journal articles. Instead they learn the craft of publishing “by doing” and by making mistakes.
Journal articles should be published in order to influence the field – not simply to increase the list of publications. In this workshop, Andrea Sanchini will discuss with participants on how to navigate the different steps of publishing and how to deal with the peer review process, increasing the chances of acceptance.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
o Use strategies to enhance the strengths of their publications
o Evaluate the quality of a target journal
o Describe the process of the peer review system
o Write powerful cover letters and revision letters
o Recognize unethical behaviour and publishing misconduct

Teaching Methods
This workshop follows a balanced approach, including input presentations provided by the trainer, individual learning phases and group exercises. In addition, hand-outs, checklists, sample articles and examples of cover letters from the trainer's own experience in publishing articles will be provided.

Preparing for the Workshop
During the workshop, participants can draft a cover letter (half page to one page) for their next publication. Therefore, before the workshop participants are asked to prepare the (preliminary) title of their next publication.

Topics

o Publishing for impact
o How to select a target journal
o H-index, impact factor and other journal and article metrics
o The peer review system: submitting, revising, and re-submitting
o How to effectively communicate with editors and reviewers
o Publishing ethics for editors, reviewers and authors
o Authorship disputes
o Copyright and plagiarism issues
o Open access journals: the pros and cons

Information about the Lecturer

Andrea Sanchini is a trainer in scientific writing and a scientist at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. In July 2017, he completed his own Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. Since May 2018, he is a certified writing trainer and coach, having completed a training at the Technische Universität Darmstadt (www.owl.tu-darmstadt.de/weiterbildung/index.de.jsp). He has more than ten years of experience in the field of Life Sciences and as such, can fully understand the needs and problems facing scientists and especially Ph.D. candidates. As a scientist, he experienced the challenges of writing and publishing journal articles with limited time and limited funding.
While enrolled in an international Ph.D. graduate school in Berlin, he had the chance to receive formal training in scientific writing and publishing. Andrea has worked in Public Health institutions and universities in Italy, France, Germany, and India. He is fluent in English and German and his native language is Italian.
He is a member of:
o Gesellschaft für Schreibdidaktik und Schreibforschung (Society for Writing Research, www.schreibdidaktik.de/index.php)
o Ernst-Reuter-Gesellschaft der Freunde, Förderer und Ehemaligen der Freien Universität Berlin (Society of Friends, Supporters and Alumni of the Freie Universität Berlin, www.fu-berlin.de/sites/erg)
o National Association of Science Writers (www.nasw.org)
o European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (www.escmid.org)

Personal website: www.sanchini-writing.com

 


*Conditions for Participation

Members of the Graduate Academy can use their virtual member budget to cover the course fees. The registration for the workshop is binding. Our conditions for participation apply.