Writing Articles for International Publication in Peer-Reviewed Journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences


This one-day workshop for researchers seeking to publish in international peer-reviewed journals focuses on the key criteria involved in journal editors’ selection processes and peer-review.  Based on the inside knowledge of an experienced academic publisher, it is designed to develop essential skills in writing articles in order to increase researchers’ chances of placing their work in premium scholarly journals, to the benefit of their academic profile and career prospects.

Why publish, and where to publish?

            Reasons for writing (and reasons for others to read your work)

            Choosing the right journal

What journal editors look for

            What are their criteria, and how will you meet them?

Addressing your readership

            Context, genre and level

            International readerships

            What’s in it for the reader?

Presenting a scholarly argument

            Making claims with confidence

            Use of secondary scholarship

            Case studies and their larger implications

Writing tips

            First impressions and avoiding clichés

            Stylistic principles

The peer-review process       

Readers’ reports, revision and acceptance

Article publication

            The production process - implications for what you submit

            Copyright issues

            The afterlife of your article online


Participants will be asked to submit a draft article or writing sample in advance, so that the workshop can be built around examples from their own work-in-progress, allowing direct feedback and clear pointers for development and revision.

More info: http://www.lucianconsulting.com/writing-articles-for-international-publication-humanities--social-sciences.html



Josie Dixon

Workshop tutor Josie Dixon is an international publishing and research training consultant. Following a 15-year career in academic publishing, she has given training workshops for postgraduates, postdoctoral researchers and staff in the humanities and social sciences in over 70 universities in the UK, USA, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Belgium.  More details can be found at http://www.lucianconsulting.com


Content category & Target groups:


Central PhD Office content category:

C          Academic Writing and Publishing 


PhD target groups:

III        Advanced doctoral researchers   24 months – year of defense

IV         Senior doctoral researchers       Year of defense



1 ECTS for active participation during the workshop + making the necessary preparations (see below) before the workshop.


All participants are required to submit a draft article or writing sample (approximately 4,000 words) so that the examples and exercises can be built around their own work.  Ideally this will be work-in-progress on an article for a journal; if any of the participants are submitting a section from their PhD thesis it will need to be a section containing original research (i.e. not literature reviews or methodology sections). 

The article must be send to doctoral [dot] schools [at] vub [dot] ac [dot] be before 25/1/2018 !


Practical Information

When?              13th of March 2018, from 9.30am until 4.30pm

Where?             Campus Etterbeek, room to be confirmed


Registration (max. 10 participants)


We kindly ask you to register only once and only when you can actually participate. In case you have already registered but are not able to participate, please be so kind as to notify us by sending an e-mail to doctoral [dot] schools [at] vub [dot] ac [dot] be so we can offer your place to one of your PhD colleagues on the waiting list.

Please be aware of the fact that the cancellation and no-show policy of VUB applies. Cancellation of your participation is only allowed up to 48 hours before the start of the course. Otherwise, the policy as described on the doctoral school website will be followed.

Registration Rules: http://www.vub.ac.be/phd/english/workshopsENG.html#RegisRules
No Show Policy: https://my.vub.ac.be/en/phd/regulations-forms