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Online: Publishing Research Articles: Strategies and Steps

Target group

Doctoral researchers from the natural sciences and life sciences.



  • The peer review system: stakeholders, processes, benefits, criticism
  • Journal selection: criteria (e.g. journal reputation, decision time) and strategies
  • Publishing in open access journals
  • What editors want
  • How to respond to editors’ comments
  • What reviewers do
  • How to write a review report by yourself
  • What to do in case of rejection
  • Authorship
  • Copyright issues
  • Ethical obligations


After this workshop,

  • you understand publishers’, editors’, and reviewers’ missions and tasks,
  • you evaluate publishing activities in respect of ethical guidelines,
  • you compare target journals based on relevant criteria and
  • you know different strategies for achieving publishing success.


Short lectures provide information and tips; extended exercises help to make use of online tools and to develop individual strategies. In addition, participants share experiences.


In preparation of this workshop, participants select three journals relevant for their field of research. For each journal, they bring to the workshop information about: (1) aims and scope, (2) reputation, (3) editors and editorial staff.


Course instructor

Dr. Philipp Mayer,


8 h


Wed, 05.03.2021, 9:00–17:00 h


Please register via the campus management portal HISinOne.


Online-Workshop via ZOOM

Number of Participants

12 doctoral Candidates