From 28 January 2020 13:00 to 31 March 2020 16:00

Writing for Academic Publication (afternoon sessions) - FULLY BOOKED

Course description

During this ten-session course, you will write an article based on your research for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. All participants must begin with their own current writing project. Evidence of this will be needed on day one – the course is only suitable for people who already have at least some of the results they wish to include in a real article. The aim is to finish your paper and publish it in a refereed journal (nearly every paper finished with the help of this course is published).

Learning objectives

This is a course on research writing for academic publication, not on English and it is as relevant for native English speakers as for those with English as a second language. You will gain skills and insights that will make you a clearer and more productive writer. During this course you will learn to improve your research-related writing by structuring a research article (or proposal or review or conference paper), by drafting and planning more efficiently.

Aim of the course is:

  • Planning and drafting your research article or conference paper;
  • Writing and editing more purposefully, applying practical insights from genre research, psychology, reading (and writing) research, academic publishing and other areas;
  • Finishing the paper, and submitting it to a conference or a peer-reviewed journal or (for proposals) a funding agency;
  • Publishing (or receiving funding).

Instructional method

Through email, follow-up support extends beyond these 10 weeks and includes a copy-edit of the final paper. Individual support continues through revisions to the paper’s acceptance. The level of lecturer engagement offered in this course is therefore unique. At least 95% of non-class time is spent directly on writing, revising and finishing a real article for submission to an appropriate peer-reviewed journal.

Each week builds on the previous week. All participants must begin with their own current, writing project. Evidence of this will be needed on day one – at least a rough draft of an abstract together with a quarter page or so exploring (not necessarily in ‘academic’ language) how the research might fit into the ongoing conversation in its subject.


Linda McPhee, PhD - Linda McPhee Consulting

Group size

8 to 9 participants

Number of credits

2.0 EC

Course schedule

Day Date Start End
Tue 28/Jan/2020 13:00 16:00
Tue 4/Feb/2020 13:00 16:00
Tue 11/Feb/2020 13:00 16:00
Tue 18/Feb/2020 13:00 16:00
Tue 25/Feb/2020 13:00 16:00
Tue 3/Mar/2020 13:00 16:00
Tue 10/Mar/2020 13:00 16:00
Tue 17/Mar/2020 13:00 16:00
Tue 24/Mar/2020 13:00 16:00
Tue 31/Apr/2020 13:00 16:00

Please note: there is one more course 'Writing for Academic Publication' parallel to this course, but during a different timeslot:

Morning sessions starting February 4, 2020.

Course certificate

You will receive a course certificate after actively participating in at least nine full course sessions.

Course fee

Internal PhD candidates: €0
UU/UMC academic staff: €1070
External participants (space permitting): €1785

  • Internal PhD candidates are PhD candidates who are registered with the Graduate School of Life Sciences via MyPhD. 
  • UU/UMC academic staff are PhD candidates of Utrecht University who are not registered to the Graduate School of Life Sciences via MyPhD, postdocs employed by Utrecht University or UMC Utrecht and other academic staff employed at Utrecht University or UMC Utrecht.
  • External participants are all other participants.

Our no-show policy

We are happy to offer courses and workshops for free to all GSLS PhDs. However: free of charge does not mean free of responsibility. Our activities tend to be fully booked well in advance. For every late cancellation or no-show we have had to disappoint others who would have liked to attend. 

This is how we work: 

  • Once you have signed up for a course, we expect you to attend;
  • If you need to cancel your registration, do so at the earliest possible moment, at least four weeks before the start of the course;
  • If you really have to, you are allowed to miss up to one session of this course in total. You always have to attend the first course session;
  • Not meeting the attendance requirements or cancelling within four weeks before the course starts means you will be charged no-show fee (€535 for this course);
  • We are unable to make any exceptions.
I developed my own style of writing and I learned to implement writing in my daily schedule.
It gave me insight into the writing process, as well as give me tools to write more efficiently and to write more ‘readable’!
This course teaches you how to organise your thoughts, put them on paper and transform a draft in a well-structured piece of text. Also, examples given in class clearly demonstrate how people read and understand what they read which is of great help for academic writing.
Start date and time
28 January 2020 13:00
End date and time
31 March 2020 16:00
Entrance fee
Course fee for internal PhD candidates: €0. Course fee for UU/UMC academic staff: €1070. Course fee for external participants (space permitting): €1785.
More information
PhD Course Centre