Academic Publishing

Years: 1,2,3


This session will introduce and discuss the practicalities of academic journal publishing. Various means for choosing a target journal will be considered, as will the mechanics of writing an effective paper (including a summary of the aims of each section of an academic report). Strategies for dealing with reviewer comments will also be considered at some length and opportunity will be provided to look at the response-to-reviewer letters of experienced academics. Time will also be made available for questions.

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Indicative Student Feedback for this Session

This has been wonderful! Finding the right journals to approach, strategies on writing effectively to get published, just really insightful and…clear. Thank you very much! (Univ. of East Anglia; Business).

This was one of the most practical and informative sessions I've had since starting my PhD. Full of…strategic, step-by-step advice, but also addressing complex issues such as how to approach and communicate with reviewers and negotiate authorship. Really enjoyed hearing the personal anecdotes and experiences [of the presenter] too. This has given me the confidence I need to get started with some potential publications! (City).

You've really deconstructed and demystified the whole process of writing for publication. The step by step coverage of each stage of the process has been informative and valuable. Glad I switched onto the lecture rather than Nigella tonight! Thank you for your effort and time, it will really help [me to turn]…a recent small scale research study into a publication (Sussex).

Another extremely helpful session - very relevant and practical advice [was] provided about academic publishing. All tips were clear and I really appreciated the fact that during the session we had access to original examples of responses to reviewers and actual draft papers (Roehampton).

[This was] a very useful session including a lot of advice that…is also applicable to the process of writing your thesis in general. An earlier workshop I did on academic publishing only covered the process up to submission, but I think the tips with regard to dealing with reviewers (and handling feedback gracefully) was a valuable addition. Thanks again (Kent).


  • Simon Watts

    Dr Simon Watts is a Postgraduate Research Training Coordinator for the Faculty of Social Sciences in University of East Anglia.  He teaches the majority of the sessions on the UEA Online Training Series which are open to Ulster PhD Researchers as part of the overall Researcher Development Programme. The Online Training Series offers research and professional training skills training for PhD Researchers in a ‘live-taught’ online format.  Training session are delivered via a virtual classroom on Tuesday evenings between 7pm-9pm.

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework

This session maps on to Domain C of the Vitae Framework: Engagement, influence and impact which includes the sub-domain areas of:

  • D1: Working with others
  • D2: Communication and dissemination
  • D3: Engagement and impact
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework