Academic Writing: Effective Strategies for Publishing in English

Responsible person
Frank Lauterbach
32 h attendance time
28 h self-study time
17th, 18th, 24th and 25th October 2019
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
17th + 18th October

Seminarraum 2
Tagungszentrum Sternwarte
Geismar Landstr. 11b
37083 Göttingen

24th + 25th October

Papendiek 16
37073 Göttingen
Number of students
The workshop is fully booked.

Seminars objectives: Successful researchers need not only compelling data and ideas but also skills to communicate their research most effectively through writing in English. Yet, many academics are unsure about how they can best express themselves, what criteria a well-written English paper needs to fulfill, and how the writing and publication process can be managed most productively.
In this workshop, we will address such fundamental questions. We will, on the one hand, discuss important requirements for developing powerful English sentences, paragraphs, and texts that meet the expectations of readers, reviewers, and editors alike. On the other hand, we are going to work closely with your own work in progress in order to practice how to effectively organize the writing process and how to successfully prepare your papers for publication.

In particular, we will cover the following topics:

  • understanding the nature of professional academic writing in English;
  • organizing the writing process effectively;
  • getting started with writing your text;
  • defining the focus and objective of a research paper (or other academic text);
  • developing adequate outlines for paper (and other) introductions;
  • recognizing the overall organization of research papers;
  • presenting and discussing your findings;
  • creating powerful abstracts;
  • outlining the individual sections of a paper (or other texts);
  • achieving coherence in your writing;
  • drafting well-focused paragraphs;
  • applying the stylistic conventions of academic writing;
  • writing clear and concise sentences in English;
  • connecting sentences and linking ideas to make a text flow well;
  • avoiding some typical grammatical mistakes and pitfalls;
  • overcoming potential obstacles or anxieties during various phases of writing;
  • mastering the submission, review, and publication process.
Please note that the workshop will be taught entirely in English. Thus, to participate and get the most out of it, you should be able to communicate quite fluently in English.

In the practical phases of the workshop, you will get the opportunity to discuss and receive both peer and expert feedback on one of your own pieces of academic writing. This can be a draft of a paper or a part of it (such as an introduction, abstract, etc.). You do not need to have a finished version yet; drafts at any stage of the writing process are perfectly fine.

Demands: To participate in the workshop, you need to register for the course through the GFA, and you need to please email one (and only one!) of those drafts or texts of yours – preferably as a Word-file – to the course instructor, Frank Lauterbach, at at least 10 days before the first workshop meeting (i.e., by Monday, October 7, 2019). He will then choose appropriate sections for discussion and distribute them to the other course participants. To be eligible, you need to email the instructor

  1. before the workshop, a piece of your academic writing as explained above (latest date of submission: 7th October)
  2. after the workshop, a written reflection of how the course in general and the discussion of your work in particular have helped you rethink and improve your writing.

Admission requirements: Students of GGG or GFA, other PhD students if free places are available

Cancellation policy:

Your registration for courses and workshops offered by the GFA is binding. If you want to cancel your registration later than three weeks prior to the workshop start date, you have to provide a physician's note. A late deregistration without a reason for illness is only possible with the consent of the first supervisor. If non of these two conditions is met, you will be barred from registering for GFA courses for the period of one year.
Please be aware that with a late deregistration you block seats for other PhD students, which otherwise could have taken part in the workshop.

Absence policy

To earn credits for a workshop/course, you must not miss more than 10% of total contact hours. In most cases, this will be less than a day. If it is inevitable that you miss more than a whole day, please notify us well in advance (at least one week).