Publishing Journal Articles: Strategies for Success

It is essential for PhD candidates and scientists to develop an impressive publication record. The publication of high quality journal articles is imperative in order to apply for jobs or for research grants, to communicate findings, and to define their reputation in the field. This “publish-or-perish” approach, however, may decrease the quality of the journal articles. By providing adequate training, it is possible to maintain high quality of publications. Unfortunately, PhD candidates and scientists often do not receive any formal training to publish journal articles. Instead they learn the craft of publishing “by doing” and by making mistakes. Journal articles should be published in order to influence the field – not simply to increase the list of publications. In this workshop, Andrea Sanchini will work with participants to develop a set of “how-to” strategies that will enhance the strengths of their journal articles, and increase the chances of acceptance.


  • How to select a target journal
  • H-index, impact factor, Eigenfactor score, and article influence score
  • How to make a section of a manuscript more persuasive
  • The peer review system: submitting, revising, and re-submitting
  • How to effectively communicate with editors and reviewers
  • How to deal with rejections
  • Ethical and authorship issues
  • Copyright and plagiarism issues
  • Open access journals: the pros and cons
  • How to promote publications


  • Input presentations provided by the trainer
  • Individual learning phases
  • Group exercises
  • Hand-outs, checklists, sample articles and examples of cover letters will be provided

Note for participants

During the workshop, participants can draft a cover letter (half page to one page) for their
next publication. Therefore, before the workshop participants are asked to prepare the
(preliminary) title of their next publication.


Kursdetails/Course Details

3.2 S18

24.-25.05.2018 09.00 - 17.00

Dr. Andrea Sanchini
Course fee:
60 €
Schlaues Haus
Anmeldefrist/ Registration deadline:10.05.2018


Andrea Sanchini is a trainer in scientific writing, and a scientist at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. In July 2017, he completed his PhD in Biomedical Sciences. He has more than ten years of experience in the field of Life Sciences and as such, can fully understand the needs and problems facing scientists and especially PhD candidates. As a scientist, he experienced the challenges of writing and publishing journal articles with limited time and limited funding. While enrolled in an international PhD graduate school in Berlin, he had the chance to receive formal training in scientific writing and publishing. Andrea has worked in Public Health institutions and universities in Italy, France, Germany, and India. He is fluent in English and German and his native language is Italian. He is a member of the Gesellschaft für Schreibdidaktik und Schreibforschung (Society for Writing Research), the National Association of Science Writers, and the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.