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How to Publish in A-Journals

Seminar (14266.0205)

            Instructor: Prof. Dr. Franziska Völckner
            1st session
            Date, Time & Location: see Klips (will soon be linked)


The examination consists of the following parts:

  • Analyses of introductions of existing papers,
  • Review of an existing manuscript draft,
  • Revision strategy for the existing manuscript draft based on the actual reviews,
  • Two introductions and problem settings for an existing research project,
  • Review of another course members introductions,
  • Revision of the own introduction including a literature review,
  • Presentation and discussion within the seminar sessions.

Students ate jointly evaluated on all elements given above.


Publishing in A-journals is tough. Unfortunately, it is not sufficient to have a brilliant idea and execute the research project in line with the international state-of-the-art. You also need to be an excellent writer and reader! Writing refers to introducing the research problem, positioning your work relative to the literature, synthesizing your main findings, etc. Reading refers to understanding the messages in the reviews once the manuscript comes back from the review process.

For preparing the first session, you need to work out the differences in the introductions and problem settings of 3-4 published articles (1 page for all). In addition, you receive a manuscript draft that you need to review (1-2 pages). We discuss the papers in the session. At the end of the session, you receive the actual reviews of the manuscript you had review. For preparing the second session, you work in pairs. Each participant needs to write two alternative introductions and problem settings for a research project of his/her own choice (2-3 pages). The partner evaluates two alternative introductions. Based on the actual review of the manuscript you had to review in the first session, you need to develop and draft a revision strategy (1 page).

For preparing the third session, you revise your introduction and problem setting draft based on your partner’s comments and the discussion of the second session. You present your revised introduction and submit a final revision of the draft including a literature review.

Learning Objectives

In this seminar, we will focus on training two skills:

  • Writing a powerful introduction including the positioning relative to the literature,
  • Understanding reviews and drawing conclusions for revising the manuscript.