Writing to Be Published

Academic Writing Conventions and Style

Course Information

  • Monday, October 7, 2019,
    8:00 AM till 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 8, 2019,
    8:00 AM till 1:00 PM
  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019,
    8:00 AM till 1:00 PM
  • Registration Opens
    August 7, 2019, 9:00 AM
    Registration Deadline
    September 16, 2019
    Course Fees
    This course is free of charge and for doctoral candidates of the University of Basel only (min. 6, max. 14 participants).
    Dr. Paul Skandera
    1 ECTS
    Organized by

    Language Center of the University of Basel
    Homepage Sprachenzentrum

    in collaboration with

    Graduate Center
    Transferable Skills
    GRACE Homepage


    Nothing counts more in the academic world than being published. The reviewing process, however, and science as a whole are basically conservative: Some of the best written work is often rejected because it departs substantially from a comprehensive set of universally accepted writing conventions, or does not conform to a style that publishers consider a prerequisite for publishing (or both). While in many anglophone countries university students receive a thorough mandatory training in academic writing skills, in non-English-speaking countries such training is frequently lacking or felt to be inadequate. Coupled with the fact that they do not usually write in their mother tongue, this puts authors from non-English-speaking countries at a serious disadvantage in global academic competition.

    This intensive course teaches you how to turn your papers into publishable articles. It is aimed at researchers and academics who publish in English, or want to publish in English, but feel insecure about their command of the subtleties of convention and style (and may have already submitted a paper or two that were rejected solely on conventional or stylistic grounds). The course deals with a broad range of writing conventions, from the presentation of abbreviations, names, and numbers to the use of capitalization and italicization, to the quotation of sources and their documentation; and it addresses selected stylistic issues, such as paragraph structure, pronoun reference, sexist language, and personal vs. impersonal style.

    This course lays the foundation for the follow-up courses "Writing to Be Published for the Natural Sciences" and "Writing to Be Published for the Social Sciences and Humanities" at the Language Center.

    Target Group

    Doctoral Candidates

    About the Trainer

    Dr. Paul Skandera is Professor of Business English at the Management Center Innsbruck. He is a regular visiting lecturer at the University of St. Gallen, the Schule für Angewandte Linguistik in Zurich, and the Steinbeis Center of Management and Technology in Berlin. He formerly taught at the Universities of Freiburg i. Br., Basel, and Zurich, and at the SAP Business School Vienna. He has published widely in the fields of English language teaching and linguistics. Apart from his academic activities, he runs an English language service with customers in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.


    1 ECTS / 18 h lessons plus preparation and follow-up. 1 ECTS corresponds to appr. 25 - 30 h student work.


    This course is in collaboration with theLanguage Center of the University of Basel. The training is at no tuition cost and reserved for doctoral candidates of the University of Basel. Course policy and registration are according to the regulations of the Language Center of the University of Basel.


    Sprachenzentrum der Universität Basel Totentanz 17, 4051 Basel


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