Scientific Publishing

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Coordinator registrations  
Pre-registration 2018
As soon as dates are planned you will be informed
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Course description

No science without publishing. Careers are increasingly dependent on what a person has written and where it is published. Likewise, PhD candidates are expected to publish their work, which can be seen as one of the deliverables of the PhD work. Being generally new in this arena, young scientists may be in oblivion towards the rules and regulations with respect to scientific writing. In other words: what are the rules? What is allowed, what is not done? What and where are the ethical boundaries?
These aspects are of importance in the current publish-or-perish situation in which maximizing of output is often prevalent; research increasingly is sponsored by third parties who have an interest in the results and time pressure has increased considerable for PhD candidates to produce publishable results.

Aims: this one-day workshop provides insight and awareness in the process, rules, ethical aspects of scientific writing and publishing.

General Information

Target Group: PhD's and postdocs
Group size: Max. 30 participants
Course duration: 1 day (09.00 - 17.00 h)
Language: English
Credit points: 0,3 ECTS
Self-study hours 0
Name lecturers: Claudius van de Vijver (Graduate School PE&RC),  Ellen Fest (Wageningen UR Library), Jan Willem van Groenigen (editor)
Venue: Tbd


Location tbd
8.45 Registration and welcome
9.00 Scientific Publishing: Past, present and future (Ellen Fest)
9.45 Coffee/tea
10:00 Publishing: The editor’s view  (Jan Willem v Groenigen)
11.15 Coffee/tea
11.30 Publishing challenges of the PhD kind: insight and solutions (Claudius van de Vijver)
Location tbd
12.30 Lunch
Location tbd
13.30 Workshop: 4-5 discussion rounds based on issues that participants have brought forward via email
14.30 Coffee/tea
14.45 How to advertise yourself (Ellen Fest)
15.30 Workshop continued
16.30 Wrap up
16.45 End of the day

Issues that will be discussed amongst others in the afternoon session:

  1. (co)Authorship rules (and what can a first author expect from co-authors)
  2. Content of thesis
  3. When is a paper worth publishing? / How do you rate the quality of the paper?
  4. Quantity vs quality
  5. Selection of journal to publish in

Course fee

Reduced fee:
• PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK)
• Postdocs of Wageningen University who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools
• PhDs of the national graduate school SENSE with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP)
€ 40
University fee: All other PhD candidates / Wageningen University postdocs and staff € 80
External fee: All other participants € 160

Fee includes study and training material, coffee/tea and lunch.

Cancellation condition

You may cancel free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged the University fee. Unless:

  • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement.
    In this case you will only be charged a € 50,- cancellation fee.
  • You (PhDs and postdocs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree).
    In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.


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