Writing up for publication

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

The aim is to increase your critical reading and writing skills of scientific and professional written genres. The course gives you the opportunities to apply these skills as you write, revise and finalise a full academic paper or chapters for your "kappa". You will receive ample feedback from your peers and from 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 supervision of undergraduate theses and report writing. 
Entrance requirements
You must attend all three days.
To become enrolled to the course you have to submit a draft of the paper you want to work on to improve 4 weeks before course start (the deadline is stated for each group when you apply).

This draft should include the following.
The draft needs to be fairly close to completion in that you have a focused aim and research question/s or hypotheses, a clear method and most of the results (but not necessarily all of them). The discussion and/or conclusions don´t need be completely developed, but you should be able to indicate how you would want to develop this part of your paper.

that the draft must have a title, name of author/s and an abstract.

Between the time you submit the draft and the start of the course, you will be able to continue working on the paper.
For the course, all the participants will be sorted in smaller peer-response groups (3 or 4 per group). You are expected to read the papers of your peers so you can give each other  constructive feedback. The course facilitator will also somprehensively comment the draft.
At the end of the three-day course, you will have a much improved draft!

Note: If you need to cancel your ordinary seat in the course, please do that in time before the deadline for submission.


Overall, the focus is on getting the message across coherently, which entails understanding the intricacies of information structure as well as the underlying logic of the different parts of  a scientific paper.

The following topics will be covered:

  • writing a research article: formaI, disciplinary and rhetorical , linguistic and pragmatic aspects;
  • different recurring rhetorical patterns in research-related publications;
  • providing and receiving peer response through repeated cycles of drafting;
  • discussion of cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary aspects;
  • the logic of the sections of an article, ie title, author line, abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion and conslusion;
  • how to converse effectively with editors and reviewers;
  • other topics that may arise during the course.
Running schedule
Three days of writing, theory and group work.

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Christine Räisänen



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

Compulsory attendance all three full days. To be awarded credits for the course, participant should have a full draft of an article ready for submission to a relevant international journal or conference proceedings or have parts of their thesis kappa completed.
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 this course should be done as soon as possible and no later then 4 weeks before start at the latest  via the link in the confirmation email. In case of cancellation less then 4 weeks before start, send email to genericskills@chalmers.se. Starting Autumn term 2018, late cancellations (less then 4 weeks) and no-showing up to the  course will be fined.

Published: Wed 03 Jun 2020.