Writing Strategies for Publishing Research Papers in English

Writing Strategies for Publishing Research Papers in English

Excellent scientists need excellent data, but they also need to be able to effectively communicate the results and significance of their research to their peers in the community. Writing good papers is hard work, even for many experienced researchers. Being aware of the criteria that papers must meet and using the writing process efficiently can make the task easier.

In this workshop, you will learn about the structural and language norms for research papers published in English. You will also be introduced to a variety of strategies that will help you to draft your own papers more efficiently, to pinpoint their strengths and weaknesses, and to revise them effectively. During the feedback sessions, you will examine a text you have written, as well as texts submitted by the other participants. These texts are usually not "perfect", but their "imperfections" are ideal starting points for improvement. Professional input from the trainer (native speaker, trained scientist) will alternate with practical written exercises and discussions of relevant issues. There will be plenty of room for your questions.

After the workshop, you will write a text, using what you have learned and practised during the previous two days. You will receive individual feedback on this text from the trainer. 

The workshop is open to doctoral researchers from all fields and will be conducted in English. Participants should have language skills equivalent to the C1 level.



Workshop Information

:  Monday/Tuesday, 11th and 12th February 2013

: 10.00-17.00 hrs.

: Building C7 4, room 1.17

: 70 euro (minus GradUS credit; see below)

: see information in the top-right corner (max. 12 participants)



  • For each PhD student, participation in the GradUS workshops is sponsored with 50 € per semester by the presidium of Saarland University, which are considered when calculating course fees.

  • Participation in every workshop is certificated. Towards the end of your PhD, you can also get a GradUS certificate for all GradUS workshops that you took part in.

  • Childcare can be provided for doctoral researchers with children for the duration of a particular GradUS event at no charge (see website "Kinderbetreuung").

  • Deduction from income taxes: We recommend trying to deduct the fees for the GradUS workshops from the German income taxes that you might have to pay (costs for advanced training measures).


Jana Kaiser
, B.Sc. Hons, native English speaker, researcher in Biology for many years, co-author of various scientific publications, lector for English publications, experience in translating and redacting scientific texts, lecturer for English and trainer for scientific writing at the "Writing Centres" of Ruhr University Bochum and Technical University Darmstadt.