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

This workshop will help you become more familiar and confident with research articles from two perspectives, i.e. the publication process (how to navigate its steps) and the text (how to write a high-quality paper). 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 guidelines as well as Dos and Don’ts. This includes 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 how to revise a manuscript. On the other hand, the workshop takes an analytical look at the genre ‘research article’ (or ‘research paper’) and its defining characteristics and quality criteria. This includes structure, style and register, visual information design, abstract, proposal, positioning in the field and confidently presenting one’s own contribution.

The first day of the workshop will focus on input and interdisciplinary exchange within the group. The second day will give every participant a timeslot for one-on-one coaching and feedback for an ongoing writing project. (Optional: small groups are possible for the second day, should participants wish to form small groups of no more than 4.)


  • The publication process: efficient steps 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, writing reader-friendly texts, language resources for writing)
  • Structure: Tips and techniques in planning and structuring the paper, focusing on specific sections, signposting, and the “red thread”
  • Perspective: Language resources for establishing one’s own voice, establishing one’s relation to the field (critique and contribution)
  • Argumentation: Structure of argumentation, effective rhetorics, avoiding fallacies


  • 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.
  • 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

  • 17 June 2021, 09:00-18:00 and
  • 24 June 2021, 09:00-18:00

Location: Online via Moodle
Registration: online 

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.