Writing up for publication

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


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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 (appr 3000 words) before course start according to the deadline (see the Registration page). 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


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.

Course leader and examiner
Christine Räisänen (examiner), Associate Prof Paul Chan, Manchester University



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 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.

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 genericskills@chalmers.se. Starting Autumn term 2018, late cancellations (less then 7 days) and no-showing up to the  course will be fined.

Published: Wed 14 Sep 2016. Modified: Fri 01 Mar 2019