Strategies for Publishing in High Impact Journals

Place Niels Bohr Institute
Date and time 08 - 12, June 2020, 09:00-17:00
Regular seats 30
ECTS credits 2.50
Contact person

Mina Martinez Diaz 
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Evdoxia Alexiou
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Course Organiser

Christa Gall    
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Exam details To pass the course, 90% attendance and active participation are required.
The students are requested to make a portfolio consisting of different,
completed, assignments given during the course.


Exciting breakthrough results can be transformative if they can be communicated in a clear, interesting and understandable way to a wide audience. This course intends to give young and upcoming researchers in the field of natural sciences the insights and tools for impactful, high level publishing.

Formal requirements

Students need to be enrolled in a PhD program. Students are asked to write a short motivation and brief description of their publishing experience (max. 200 words in total). Priority will be given to PhD students who already have either been leading or have been a significant co-author on a peer reviewed paper.

Learning outcome

The goals are to develop writing skills suitable for publishing in high impact journals (e.g., Nature, Science), to understand the editorial and peer review processes, to gain insight about the requirements of the journal, to get a sense of what captures editors, to practice presenting the results and data and to learn about the key elements of a great paper. The students will also learn about how, why, what and when to publish results in Nature. A complementary focus will be on science journalism and to get a taste of how to use today’s power of (social) media the right way to increase visibility of both the scientist and the research result.

Teaching and learning methods

The course elements are keynote lectures, lectures, group work sessions, units of student presentations and discussions, as well as time for self-study. The keynote lectures will also be open for postdocs and junior research leaders.

Guest lecturers

Dr. Leslie J. Sage, Nature Research Journal, Washington DC
Associate Professor Enrico Cappellini, Section for GeoGenetics, The Globe Institute
Professor Katherine Richardson, Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, Globe Institute

Local lecturers

Associate Professor Christa Gall, Dark Cosmology Centre, NBI, University of Copenhagen
Professor Albert Schliesser, Quantop, NBI, University of Copenhagen
Professor Eugene Simon Polzik, Quantop, NBI, University of Copenhagen






Preparation for the course: Admitted students are requested to prepare a ‘mock’ science case in their field of research which they consider suitable for a high impact paper. This mock science case shall consist of one scientific question to be addressed, an outline of the methods and one significant result.

Participation fee: None

Financial support: Admitted students coming from abroad might be eligible for financial supplement for lodging or travelling.

Lunch is included so please make sure to let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

We gratefully acknowledge support from KU Science PhD School.

Registration deadline: May 1st, 2020

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