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How Authors Communicate Findings in the Natural Sciences

-Online Course-


Audience:Doctoral Researchers and Postdocs
Duration:2 days

Registration is open for all doctoral and postdoctoral members of iGRAD and of the associated programs.
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Capacity:max. 12
Competence Area:This course is assigned to Competence Area 1:
Presentation - Communication - Rhethoric

Next Online Course

Date: Time: Online Tool
July 02/03, 2020 9:00-17:00 Zoom


With increasing pressure to publish, a growing number of junior researchers has committed itself to publishing before graduation and undertaken the challenge of writing an article-compilation PhD thesis. When asked, graduates generally point to the Introduction section of research articles as being the most difficult to craft. And, indeed, it turns out that the Introduction is - right after the Discussion – the section most scrutinized by journal reviewers. Most importantly, however, the reader seeks a logical flow of information connecting both of these sections.

This workshop discusses the structure of research articles, which strongly scaffolds each manuscript section. It focuses on the narrative, that is, on the development of the scientific argument which substantiates the relationship between research question and main conclusion. Participants explore the research story of a selected journal article and work on specifying the context of their research projects in order to establish their stance within the discourse taking place in their scientific community.

Themes and activities will include:

  • submitting a research paper framework
  • defining a target readership
  • joining the scientific discourse, establishing one’s position
  • creating a research space
  • building the semantic structure of a research article
  • theme-focused peer and trainer feedback
  • testing the scientific argument
  • bringing together essential elements of the research story

After the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • reproduce the macro level of the scientific narrative
  • select literature which situates their work
  • understand reader expectations with regard to relevance

  • anticipate journal expectations with regard to cohesion
  • value collaboration with academics readers and language professionals

Note for participants
Prior to the workshop, you will receive a “Call for Texts” requesting you to submit a research paper framework based on your current research. This writing sample will provide the basis for peer and trainer feedback during the workshop. Simultaneously, you will be invited to select a research article which you will use during the workshop to design your model for the Introduction and/or Discussion section.

Requirement concerning English language skills
To benefit from this workshop, participants should have achieved the English levels B2 to C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The CEFR self-assessment grid may be found here


Prof. Monique Dorang, PhD, Trainer and Consultant for Academic Writing and Publishing


Prof. Monique Dorang, PhD
Trainer and Consultant for Academic Writing and Publishing

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