The Research Article: Publication Process and Text Qualities of a Key Genre

This Workshop combines two perspectives on the writing and publication of research articles – the publication process and the finished text as product. On the one hand, it gives insight into the steps and potential missteps during the process of publishing from the point of view of authors, publishers and reviewers, including several guidelines as well as Dos and Don’ts (on finding and choosing the right journal; the importance and limitations of rankings, impact factor and prestige; first contact, manuscript preparation and submission; dealing with reviews and revisions etc.). On the other hand, the workshop takes an analytical look at the genre research article (also research paper) and its defining characteristics and quality criteria (structures, style and register, visual information design, abstract/proposal, presenting and discussing one’s own contribution etc.).


  • The publication process: different paths to publication, choice of journal, steps and missteps in the review process
  • Multilingual science: the workshop focuses on English as language of publication but also addresses differences to German (clear and succinct style, role of the writer, being reader-friendly, language resources in writing)
  • Structure: Tips and techniques in planning and structuring the paper and individual sections, signposting, connecting and the “red thread”
  • Perspective: Language resources for establishing one’s own voice, managing other voices (sources, references) and one’s relation to the field (critique and contribution)
  • Argumentation: Structure of argumentation, effective rhetorics, avoiding fallacies


(1) Becoming familiar with the steps of the publication process, gaining confidence; planning of future publications (time plan) and avoiding common mistakes in dealing with publishers, editors and reviewers.

(2) Reflecting previous writing experience and practice; professionalization of writing competences for scientific publication, focusing on practical application, text analyses, drafting and revision strategies. Participants are encouraged to bring their own sketches, drafts and manuscripts for ongoing writing or publication projects to the course for discussion and feedback.

Target Group

Doctoral Candidates in the Humanities and Social Sciences

 Please note:

Participation is subject to the successfully passed public presentation of your dissertation project.

Date & Registration

  • 29 November 2018, 1pm - 5pm and
    30 November 2018, 9 am -6 pm

Location: Center for Doctoral Studies, Berggasse 7, 1090 Vienna, Seminar room 2 (2nd floor)
Registration: online registration

Registration takes place exclusively online via U:Space. We are sorry, but we cannot consider e-mail registrations. Please, mind the registration deadline, which generally ends 3 weeks before start of a course. With your registration you commit yourself to participating in the whole workshop. Course material is sent to a participant's unet e-mail address and has to be taken along to the workshop.


Markus Rheindorf

Markus Rheindorf studierte Anglistik und Angewandte Linguistik in Wien, Peoria (Illinois) und Amsterdam. Als Mitarbeiter am Institut für Linguistik der Universität Wien ist er seit vielen Jahren in die Erforschung des wissenschaftlichen Schreibens eingebunden. Seit 2004 setzt Markus Rheindorf die Ergebnisse dieser Studien erfolgreich in das Design und die Praxis von Lehrveranstaltung, Kursen und Trainings an zahlreichen Instituten um.