Publishing Research Articles

Strategies and Steps

Course Information

  • Friday, November 1, 2019,
    9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
  • Registration Opens
    August 7, 2019, 9:00 AM
    Registration Deadline
    October 4, 2019
    Course Fees
    A defined number of places is reserved for doctoral candidates of the University of Basel at no tuition costs.
    Dr. Philipp Mayer
    Organized by

    Advanced Studies of the University of Basel
    Advanced Studies

    in collaboration with

    Graduate Center
    Transferable Skills
    GRACE Homepage


    Publishing research articles in peer-reviewed journals is a demanding task. It is a task sometimes rewarding and sometimes frustrating. As publishing is a prerequisite for a career in science, it is important to approach the topic strategically.

    The aims of this course are: (1) to understand steps in the publication process, (2) to realise interests of involved stakeholders (e.g. editors, publishing houses), (3) to know ethical standards, (4) to develop individual publishing strategies.


    • the peer review system: stakeholders, processes, benefits, criticism
    • criteria for journal selection (e.g. journal reputation, decision time)
    • publishing in open access journals
    • what editors want
    • what reviewers do
    • how to write a review report by yourself
    • what to do in case of rejection
    • authorship
    • ethical obligations
    • copyright issues


    Short lectures provide information and tips; extended exercises help to develop individual strategies. Participants gather and share experiences. They focus on their own publication projects and balance pros and cons of different target journals. In addition to the workshop, a coaching session is offered (45 minutes, more information on November 1).

    Target Group

    Doctoral Candidates in the life sciences or natural sciences

    About the Trainer

    Dr. Philipp Mayer qualified in geoecology and obtained a PhD in the field of biodiversity research. He works as a freelance consultant and holds lectureships from the ETH Zurich and the Universities of Basel and Zurich. Dr. Mayer has held many writing courses and is the author of two books about scientific writing.


    This course is in collaboration with the Advanced Studies and free of charge for doctoral candidates of the University of Basel. For this workshop unexcused absence and cancellation of the workshop after the registration deadline leads to a penalty fee of CHF 30.00.
    Registrations will be processed according on a “first come, first served” principle. The course registration will be confirmed by email. The registration to a course makes the participation in the full training mandatory. A course can be cancelled until the registration deadline (send an email to
    Please find the detailed regulations on the [Transferable Skills Homepage]( Beratung/Transferable-Skills.html).


    Advanced Studies der Universität Basel Steinengraben 22, 4001 Basel

    Room 011A/011B

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