Introduction to the Publication Process in Peer-Reviewed Journals



The seminar primarily targets PhD students in economics and business administration as well as advanced master students who are interested in an academic career. The Participants learn how to successfully master different stages of publication processes in high-quality journals. Students will examine how published articles are designed and will discuss the weaknesses and strengths of several publication strategies. Students will also formulate research questions and examine how they can be elaborated theoretically and methodically. Finally, the students learn how to constructively review papers and how to respond to the reviewers’ comments.

Teaching Objectives

  • Ethical and social aspects of publication processes in peer-reviewed journals
    (good publication practices)
  • Knowledge about quality criteria of scientific journals and publication strategies
  • Choice of potential target journals
  • Development and formulation of research questions
  • Theoretical foundation of models and hypotheses
  • Introduction to different methodical streams to respond to research questions
  • Structure of review processes
  • Critical thinking in a variety of business contexts


  • Colloquium: Quality of contributions to discussion, homework (reviews and development of research designs), and in-class presentations (50%)
  • Written article review after the course week (50%)


  • For students of the Master's degree in Business Administration (RWTH) and Master's degree in Economics (RWTH), this course can be credited in all specializations.