FASS521 Writing for Publication (Second/Third/Final Year Students only)

Module description

This two-day intensive, workshop-based, course will offer information and advice on the world of academic publishing, and will be of particular interest to those who wish to continue in academia after graduating. The first day will focus on how to get your work published in academic journals, while the second will offer insights into academic book publishing (with a particular focus on what you would need to turn your PhD into a book).

The workshop on publishing in academic journals (day one) will open with a session centred  on practical examples of what is involved in submitting an article to a refereed journal (eg guidelines and protocols, ‘referee’ report forms, acceptance and rejection letters - and how to respond to them), while the afternoon session will offer advice on selecting a piece of writing  for publication. In advance of this, participants will be requested to ‘target’ (ie ‘select’) an academic journal that appears to be a suitable home for their research.  Advice will also be offered on ‘what makes a good abstract’ and ‘what makes a good journal article’.  The one-day workshop on book publishing (day two)will begin with  a session on ‘book proposals’ (including  the analysis of  ‘real-life’ examples) and,  in the afternoon, discussion  on what is involved in turning your PhD into a book  via the case study of a successful author. 

A large number of resources - shared with the distance-learning version of this course - will be made available on the Moodle site for the course.

NB Because this course is workshop-based and includes participant presentation it will be necessary to restrict numbers to 30 maximum. It is also important that participants attend BOTH sessions for each of the days (as the afternoon session will presume knowledge of information provided in the morning session), though they may elect to attend just ONE of the days (ie EITHER the session on journal publishing OR the one on book publishing) if they so wish. The module is also offered by distance learning (FASS521d).

The two morning sessions will include a short coffee break.


This module is for 2nd, 3rd or final year full-time students and for part-time students in their third or subsequent years ONLY

Timing and Location





Number of sessions:

2 x 3 hour and 2 x 2 hour sessions

Timing and Location:

Thursday/Friday of week 18

Thursday10.00-1.00 Charles Carter A19

Thursday 3.00-5.00 Furness Lecture Theatre 03

Friday 10.00-1.00 Bowland North Seminar Room 23

Friday 3.00-5.00 Management School Lecture Theatre 09


Additional information

Available to 2nd, 3rd or final year full-time students and part-time students in their third or subsequent years ONLY

Minimum quota: 6

Maximum quota: 30