Documenting Research and Writing for Academic Journals



The seminar primarily targets early career researchers (e.g., Master and PhD students, Postdocs) in the social sciences who are interested in an academic career. Participants will learn how to plan, conduct, document, and write down research aimed to be published in leading academic journals. To this end, current recommendations (e.g., Open Science), motivational issues (e.g., how to write efficiently), organizational factors (the academic journal “system”) and best practice methods will be presented and discussed. The seminar combines theoretical (how to write) and practical (actual writing) sessions and is largely interactive.

Teaching Objectives

  • Ethical aspects of academic publishing
  • Open Science recommendations
  • What is “good” and what is “bad” evidence?
  • Identification of target journals
  • Writing (good and a lot) for different audiences
  • Dissemination of research findings
  • Responding to reviewer comments
  • Writing reviews


  • Colloquium: Quality of contributions to discussion, homework assignments, and in-class presentations (50%)
  • Written: Evaluation of an academic article after the course week (50%)