Introduction to Writing for Publication

Course Code: GFOK080
Number of Credits: 1,5 HEC

Number of Participants: 50

Spring 2018
2018-1: 17/1,  14/2,  21/2  - Johanneberg Fully booked 
Course close (online and with optional tutorials): Week 9, Feb. 26 – March 4

Dates for the next iteration in Autumn will be published starting w.11, 2018.
Time Schedule
Day 1: 13.00 - 17.00, Introduction lecture
Day 2: 13.00 - 17.00, Information structure workshop (genre-oriented reading)4h
Day 3: 13.00 - 17.00, Peer response + critical reading workshop
Close: online activities during 1 week after last session
Consultation period: upon agreement

This course will introduce participating students to same of the basics of writing for publication. The course therefore aims to provide a set of tools and principles with which to approach a publication task in a scientific community. It consequently also aims to increase participants' awareness of the areas of academic writing they need to focus on and improve.

Given the aim of the course, PhD-students are recommended to take the course during their first year of study. They are expected to take it prior to enrolling for the more substantial writing courses in the PhD- programs at Chalmers (GFOK035, GFOK085).

Intended Learning Outcome

On completion of the course, successful students will be able to:
  • Perform introductory level analyses of recurring rhetorical strategies in the research articles of a specific discipline and assess the effectiveness of these strategies for a given situation or context
  • Apply basic genre analysis for future writing tasks
  • Self-assess areas of academic writing that require particular focus and improvement
  • Provide methodologically informed, genre and writing process- oriented, reader-focused peer response inside a research group or community.
Entrance Requirements
No prior knowledge is required
Target group: Early stage PhD student


The course will focus on increasing awareness of information structure. Lectures and workshops offer basic introductions to the following central aspects of writing for publication:
  • Basic paragraphing, sentence structure, and punctuation; stylistic awareness and impact at the level of words and phrases
  • Textual and visual interplay for results and figures
  • Recurring rhetorical options for introductions and discussions including rhetorical patterns
  • Writing strategies, writing processes, and collaborative writing
  • Genre analysis and critical reading
  • Peer response techniques
You will have in-session tasks to prepare prior to each lecture or workshop including contribution to the Ping-Pong discussion for the intervention, assignments to be handed-in, or surveys to respond to. You will also have follow up assignments in Ping-Pong including reading and commenting draft articles for each other.

You are expected to spend about 40 hours on the course, corresponding to 1.5 hp. The course is largely conducted in Ping-Pong and resources are provided via links, screen captions, videos, language training software in Ping-Pong, a textbook, and a series of lectures.

Running Schedule
The course is largely conducted in Ping-Pong. There is a series of campus-based activities with linked activities in Ping-Pong. See detailed schedule for each run of the course.

Course Leader and Examiner
Raffaella Negretti


Swales & Feak. Academic writing for Graduate Students, University of Michigan Press 2012. (may change) Links and online material via Ping-Pong.

Attendance on all campus-based sessions, submission of compulsory assignments and tasks in Ping Pong in accordance with instructions and criteria.
Examination in the enrolled courses can be acquired within one year from the start. After the expiration date no missing assignments can be admitted and a participant should re-apply to another course occasion.


Stand-By seat means that the course is fully booked but you may be offered a seat if one becomes available.

Cancellation of participation in GTS courses should be notified as soon as possible and latest one week before start of course by sending an email to  In case of cancellation less than one week before the start your Deputy Head of Department will be informed to support your future planning.

Published: Wed 14 Sep 2016. Modified: Thu 22 Feb 2018