Writing up for Publication

Course Code: GFOK085
Number of Credits: 
3 HEC
Number of Participants: 12-14

Dates Autumn 2017
2017-4: 11-13 September, deadline for short paper 11 August - Johanneberg Fully booked
2017-5: 7-9 November, deadline for short paper  1 October - Johanneberg      Fully booked
2017-6:  22-24 January (NEW DATES!! changed from 11-13 December), deadline for short paper 3 November- Johanneberg   Fully booked
Enrollment to courses Spring 2018 opens starting w.40
Aim
The aim of this course is to increase your critical reading and writing skills of scientific and professional genres. The course will provide you with opportunities to apply these skills in the process of writing a full academic paper or chapters for your "kappa" and to receive ample feedback from your peers and the instructor. By the end of the course you should have a complete draft (more or less) ready for submission.

Intended Learning Outcome
On successful completion of the course the student should be able to:
  • identify and critically evaluate different rhetorical devices in academic texts
  • review academic texts and give and take constructive feedback
  • select communication strategies based on forum, audience and genre
  • develop a full academic paper through various revision loops
  • deal with reviewers' comments and how to respond
  • experience and apply writing as a tool for exploring knowledge that also can be used in teaching of others
Entrance Requirements
To become registered for the course you need to submit a short paper (ca 3000 words) four weeks before course start. This short paper must include the following:
  1. A review of the literature that clearly identifies and justifies the rationale of the research, the research problem (or research gap), and theoretical orientation. Put simply, we want you to position your research problem against the existing literature(s) so that your claim to original contribution can be clearly explained. We also want you to be clear about your aims and objectives.
  2. An explanation and justification of the research methods. It is important that you are clear as to what you are doing (or have done) to collect/obtain and analyse your data. So, you have to be clear about what data have been collected, and what sources you have relied on, and why these particular sources and forms of data. We appreciate that you might still be in the process of collecting data, but writing the research methods out clearly can help you see what you have done and what you have left to do. Do not confuse this with methodology though. Methodology is the philosophical framework that underpins what you actually do in collecting and analysing data. So, methodology is really about the theories and ideas that inform you particular approach. While you need to develop a full understanding of methodology for your final PhD thesis, for the purpose of this short paper, please focus on methods rather than methodology.
  3. We also want to see some findings. To keep you focused for this short paper, we are happy for you to develop just ONE significant finding. So, we want to see an argument made based on evidence from your fieldwork. Therefore, it is also important that we see evidence from your data that would support the argument you are trying to make.
  4. We also want to see your data. It is important that you bring along some data files when you attend the workshop.
  5. Do not worry about the quality of this short paper. The purpose of the writing workshop is to allow us time and space to refine your short paper so you can submit to a journal shortly afterwards.
  6. To keep up the momentum, we want you as soon as possible after the workshop to send your draft to Paul and me so that we can provide you with comprehensive feedback.

This course is eligible within the "Generic and Transferable Skills" course curriculum for PhD students at Chalmers University of Technology


Content

Overall, emphasis is placed on information structure through problematizing information transfer.

The following topics will be covered:
  • General written language practice, vocabulary, grammar, and textual organisation
  • Writing a research article: formaI, disciplinary and rhetorical aspects
  • Different recurring rhetorical patterns in research related publications are introduced, discussed and applied
  • Providing and receiving peer response through repeated cycles of drafting in writing groups
  • Discussion of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary aspects as introduced in the seminar by participants
  • Providing and receiving peer response through repeated cycles of drafting in writing groups
  • Sections of an article such as introduction, results, discussion, and abstract are written and revised during the course seminars.
Running Schedule
Three days of writing, theory and group work  9.00-17.00.

Course Leader and Examiner
Examiner Christine Räisänen, Associate Prof Paul Chan, Manchester University


Language

English

Literature
Björk, L. & Räisänen, C. 2003. Academic Writing. Studentlitteratur

Assessment
Compulsory attendance all three full days To be awarded credits for the course, participant should have a full draft of an article ready to be submitted for publication in a relevant international journal or conference proceedings
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.

IMPORTANT DATES Spring 2017 !  
2017-2:  3-5 April, short paper 3 March 2017
2017-3: 31 May - 2 June, short paper 28 April
Further information will be sent to you following your registration. If you have any questions, contact us at genericskills@chalmers.se .

⋆⋆⋆

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 genericskills@chalmers.se.  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: Tue 12 Sep 2017