Introduction to writing for publication

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Course Code: GFOK080
Number of Credits: 1,5 HEC
Number of Participants: 40

Running 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 reader-focused peer response to other short research-based texts
Note: This course introduces some of the topics that will be further developed and applied in GFOK035 Academic Writing for PhD students.

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  discussion for the intervention, assignments to be handed-in, or surveys to respond to. You will also have follow up assignments in Canvas 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 Canvas and resources are provided via links, screen captions, videos, language training software in Canvas, a textbook, and a series of lectures.

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

Course leader and examiner Introduction to writing.png
Raffaella Negretti (examiner), Andreas Eriksson


Swales & Feak. Academic writing for Graduate Students, University of Michigan Press 2012. (may change) Links and online material in Canvas.

Attendance on all campus-based sessions, submission of compulsory assignments and tasks in Canvas 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 list means that the course is fully booked but you may be offered a seat if one becomes available. In this case a notification will be sent to you.

Cancellation of participation in the GTS courses should be done as soon as possible and one week before start at the latest  via the link in the confirmation email. In case of cancellation less then 7 days before start, send email to Starting Autumn term 2018, late cancellations (less then 7 days) and no-showing up to the  course will be fined.

Published: Wed 03 Jun 2020.