Publishing research articles

8 November 2018


Dr Philipp Mayer, science-textflow, Winterthur

Philipp studied geoecology and received a PhD in forest science. He is trainer for scientific writing and has broad experience both in research and in adult education.


The objectives of this workshop are:

  • to understand the publication process in peer-reviewed journals
  • to develop individual strategies for publishing research articles

Content and pre-course assignments


  • the peer review system: processes and stakeholders
  • criteria for journal selection (e.g. journal reputation, decision time)
  • publishing in open access journals
  • what reviewers do
  • what editors want: reasons for rejection
  • what to do in case of rejection
  • what to do in case of conditional acceptance: responding to comments
  • copyright issues
  • ethical obligations
  • authorship

In preparation of this workshop, participants select six journals relevant for their field of research. For each journal, they bring to the workshop information about:

  • aims and scope
  • reputation
  • editors and editorial staff

General information

Date: 8 November 2018

Schedule: 8.55-17.00

Venue:  University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des Sciences, Emile-Argand 11, UniMail, building A, room A017

ECTS: 0.5 (Communication activities)

Evaluation: Full attendance and active participation

Information: Please contact the doctoral program coordinator Dr Sara Santi

Registration fee: free

Travel expenses: For participants of the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology (DP-biol ): see reimbursement conditions

MAKE SURE you SIGN the ATTENDANCE LIST EACH and EVERY DAY and TAKE your ATTESTATION of ATTENDANCE at the END of the COURSE (no attestation will be sent by mail)


  • This course is open to all PhD students, however until 15 October 2018 priority is given to "Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology" participants.
  • Post-docs are welcome as long as places are available.
  • This course is free, but the approximate cost is 160 CHF per person. Therefore, a waiting list will be prepared in order to assure that there are no empty seats.
  • Maximum number of participants: 14 people (minimum: 8 people)

Registration through the web only: Closed. The course is fully booked.

Please note the cancellation policy (CHF 30).

Deadline: 20 October 2018