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PhD workshop: How To Get Published

The five Graduate Schools at Aarhus University are hosting a joint PhD course focusing on publication strategies and the writing of a good scientific abstract. The course will bring together PhD students from all disciplines.

Aim of the Course

The aim of this course is to make the participants aware of how to develop effective writing strategies to target different readerships within academic publishing. Furthermore, the participants will be introduced to how to think strategically when making a publication plan. Finally, the quality and interestingness of the title and the abstract influence the editor’s decision whether to send the manuscript for review and the course, therefore, focus on writing a convincing abstract.


  • Optimizing publication strategies
  • Reflections on publishing in a career perspective
  • Insights into how the peer-review system works
  • Improved understanding of how to write a scientific abstract

Content of the Course

Publishing is crucial to the academic career and a structured approach can save time and improve the likelihood of getting published in the preferred scientific journals. Therefore, when you plan to publish, it is important to think strategically about when and where to publish. This course will introduce you to publishing from both the perspective of the researcher and the editor/ reviewers.

An overview of the peer review process will be provided and its challenges and pitfalls discussed.

In the publication process, the abstract is critical both when submitting a manuscript to a journal, and in attracting readers afterward. A good abstract can concisely explain the aim and results and place them in the context of the research field.

Target Group

PhD students from all disciplines. Participants must have completed or nearly completed data collection and started analyzing data with the aim of publishing the results in an international scientific journal with peer review.


Prior to attending the course, participants are required to 1) submit an abstract written in English (250-300 words - or based on the requirements of the journal it is intended for), and 2) have identified at least one relevant journal, to which the completed paper could be submitted. During the workshop, participants will give and receive feedback.

Please note: All requirements listed above are mandatory

Programme - preliminary

09:00 – 10:30 The peer-review process – what editors and reviewers want

10:45 – 11:30 Authorship – deserved, undeserved, and deprived credit

11:30 – 12:00 Lunch break

12:00 – 13:45 The scientific abstract – workshop

14:45 – 15:00 Evaluation


Time, place and registration:

Time: The course will take place on 1. December 2021, 9.00 am – 15.00 pm.

Registration:  Please register by the 13th of October using this link

Deadline for submission of abstract: 12. November 2021 to AU Bright space (access will be given when you have been accepted at the course).

Venue: Richard Mortensens Stuen, building 1422, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 2, 8000, Aarhus C

Instructors: Bobby (Robert) Zachariae, professor, DMSc. and Berit Lassesen, associate professor, PhD

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