Publishing your research: Getting an article ready for submission

Short description

This course follows Wendy Laura Belcher's Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success (Belcher’s book is required) quite closely. Over a period of 10 weeks we will try to get your article ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. To do this, we will discuss how to improve your writing strategies and habits, identify appropriate journals for your article, clarify arguments, write an interesting title and abstract and organise your material and arguments to meet the journal’s expectations. The course will also help you fine-tune and polish your writing.

Target group

PhDs who are working on something that they would like to submit to a journal for publication in the near future (for example, a thesis chapter to be turned into a journal article or an early draft of an article). As we will be working closely with your texts, this course is not designed for scholars who do not have any work in progress. Those interested should send a rough draft of what they are working on before classes begin. PhD researchers in their second year will be given priority.



The goal of this course is to aid participants in taking their papers up to the level of journal quality and in overcoming anxiety about academic publishing.



The course includes weekly sections focusing on the following topics:

  • Designing your plan for writing
  • Advancing your argument
  • Selecting the right journal
  • Crafting your claims for significance in your literature review
  • Analysing and presenting your evidence
  • Strengthening the structure of your argument
  • Opening and concluding your article
  • Submitting your article

The online skills workshop itself will be part lecture, part workshop. That is, we will work a great deal with your written texts, trying to improve them with the goal of publication. You will receive feedback from the instructor and from each other on your writing.



  • Dr. Jeffrey Verhey (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Language Centre) has also taught at the Freie Universität Berlin, at UC Berkeley, UC Davis and the Max Planck Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung in Cologne among other institutions and was a Fellow in 1992-93 at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.