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Optimizing Writing Strategies for Publishing Research in English
-Online Course-


Audience: Doctoral Researchers and Postdocs from the fields of Natural Sciences who are interested in rationalizing their drafting and revising skills as well as deepening their understanding of journal requirements with regard to text genre.
Language: English
Duration: 2 days + Preparation and Follow-up

Registration is open for all doctoral and postdoctoral members of iGRAD and of the associated programs.
For a binding registration please send an email to: iGRAD-Office

medRSD: Please register via the medRSD-Office

Capacity: max. 12
Competence Area: This course is assigned to Competence Area 1:
Presentation - Communication - Rhethoric

Next Events:

Date: Time: Online Tool
Online-Tutorial/Group Work 9:00-10:30 & 14:00-15:30
Individual Work & Feedback from Trainer: in between



In a blended learning environment, this course combines remote Zoom conference meetings, which include forum debates and small group discussions, and guided individual work.

As a starting point, course participants are introduced to the Writing Process Approach and encouraged to adopt this time-saving procedure while drafting and revising the Introduction section of an ongoing research project. Indeed, the Introduction is generally considered a challenge, because here the author is expected to communicate the background, purpose and relevance of research not only to specialists but also to related fields.

Ahead of the course, participants will receive a “Call for texts” inviting them to draft and revise a 600-word reader-focused Introduction section for trainer feedback. Participants will equally be requested to select and submit a model research article authored by a leading scientist in their field, which will be referred to when exploring the structural elements of style that make up text genre.

This course will end by inviting course participants to put newly gained skills and understanding into practice by drafting and revising a second writing sample, on which they will again receive trainer feedback with regard to language correctness and style.

Course activities will include

  • Applying the Writing Process Approach to draft and revise
  • Writing and submitting a 600-word Introduction (writing sample 1)
  • Selecting a model research article written by a leading author in one’s field
  • Analysing the scientific argument in model research articles
  • Developing content in one’s own Introduction
  • Exploring structural elements of style in model research articles
  • Distinguishing between the drafting and revision processes
  • Drafting, revising and self-editing a scientific text (writing sample 2)
  • Receiving trainer feedback on writing samples
  • Evaluating course achievements and setting future goals

Note for participants
Ahead of the workshop, participants will receive a “Call for texts” inviting them to submit a 600-word writing sample for trainer feedback via email. They will equally be asked to select and submit a published research article authored by a leading scientist in their field which will serve as model with regard to text genre. Furthermore, participants should be able to refer to relevant literature while revising their Introduction during the course.

Requirement concerning English language skills
A prerequisite to benefit from this course is that participants should have achieved the English level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and be progressing towards level C1. The CEFR self-assessment grid may be found here

Prof. Monique Dorang, PhD, is a trainer and consultant for academic writing and publishing. She conducts courses for graduates and postdocs in collaboration with graduate schools and research centres and offers editing and counselling for individual authors.


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

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