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Writing Lab – Publication Strategies in the Life and Natural Sciences – Online Course


05. November 2020 09:00 – 05. November 2020 17:00
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"Publish or perish" – nowadays this caveat is more valid than ever in science. The motivations driving scientists to publish their work are diverse, ranging from the dissemination of research results to strengthening one’s own reputation as a scientist, and they are ever more important in pursuing a scientific career. The quality of a scientist’s research is commonly measured on the basis of the person’s publication output and the visibility of his or her research.
Moreover, quantitative publication standards have become more and more important in evaluating the quality of science. Thus, the role of bibliometric factors is gaining increasing significance in the measurement of scientific performance. At the same time, publication platforms are at least as diverse as the scientists who seek to use them. Therefore, it is important for early-career scientists to learn how to present their scientific results and to develop publication strategies.
This workshop is aimed at young scientists who are currently developing or have already developed their own research results and want to publish them in view of a strategic career plan.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • You will gain insights into different publication formats and platforms (trainer input).
  • You will come to know about quality measurements of a scientific publication (trainer input and group discussion).
  • You will be familiar with the structure of a scientific publication (trainer input and group discussion).
  • You will be aware of quality criteria for a "good" publication (the reviewers’ point of view) (trainer input, group exercises).
  • You will be informed about good scientific publication practice (trainer input, group and individual exercises).
  • You will develop an outline for an individual publication strategy based on short- and medium-term career plans (individual exercises).


To participate in the online course, you need a PC/laptop with a current browser (recommended: Chrome or Firefox) as well as a headset (or speakers and a microphone), possibly a webcam, and a stable Internet connection.

Please note that this is not a course for learning the English language. Proficiency in English at the B2 level of competency is required.

As this course focuses on strategic considerations, we would also like to draw your attention to our workshop "Writing Lab – Writing Scientific Publications in the Life and Natural Sciences" (September 18 and 19, 2020, 9 am–5 pm) with practical writing exercises.


November 5, 2020, 9 am–5 pm

Target group

Advanced doctoral candidates and postdocs from the life and natural sciences


Maximum number of 10 participants
Internal 25 EUR
External 75 EUR


At, deadline October 21, 2020
We kindly ask you to confirm your registration to make it binding. You may cancel your registration up to twelve days before the beginning of the course without providing specific reasons. Thereafter, you will be required to pay the attendance fee even if you do not attend the course.

Have you heard about our individual writing consultation? Would you like to improve your English writing skills? Our experienced consultant, Dr. Fabienne Quennet, gives advice to our members on all issues concerning the writing of a dissertation.


Prof. Dr. Annette Kolb,

Event Organizer

MArburg University Research Academy (MARA)
Doctoral Program for Life and Natural Sciences