PRO9012 How to Write and Publish Academic Papers

28 January 2020 (Levanger)  / 7 February 2020 (Bodø)

Nord University, Bodø/Levanger, and online.

ECTS: 2,5
Level: PhD
Programme of study: PhD in the study of professional praxis. The course is a free-standing course.
Type of course: Research Methods
Duration: 1 semester
Costs: No tuition fees.
Responsible faculty: Faculty of Education and Arts
Course coordinator: Heidi K. Harju-Luukkainen.
Administrative coordinator: Geir Fjeldavli 
Teaching language: English  
Target group: PhD students and faculty from research universities across the Nordic countries. 
Course evaluation: The evaluation is part of the university's quality assurance system.
Maximum number of participants: 20. In the event the course attracts high interest, priority will be given to PhD candidates at Nord University. 

Course description

In academia there is an increased pressure to publish frequently and in highly ranked international journals, which in turn are connected to career outcomes of individual researchers. During this seminar students will learn how to write a research paper for publication. This course supports students in their writing process towards a research article intended for journals or other peer reviewed publications. During the seminar the writing process will be supported as well as described. Strategies connected to which international journals to approach, will be explained. 
Students will be asked to present an outline for a paper to others as well as get constructive feedback on it.  
Further the students will give feedback on others research. 

The aim of the seminar is to finalize possible journal papers for publication. 

Learning outcomes

The candidates will: 
Understand the structure of a successful abstract that can be sent in for a conference or other relevant academic meeting.
understand the structure of a journal article and how the different parts are connected.
know how to write academic text on a high-level.
know what peer review is and how to give constructive feedback on others research.
have knowledge of strategies in how to approach journals and on right level and how the peer review process works.
The candidates shall: 
have skills needed to outline a research paper
have skills needed to write an academic abstract for a conference or another relevant academic event
have skills to write academic texts
have skills to function as a peer reviewer
have skills to approach right level journals and skills to follow up the review process.

General competence: 
The candidates shall: 
Be able to reflect on their career in academia, when it comes to publicing.  To write an appealing abstract and an outline for a research paper. Understand how different parts of the research are connected and how academic text is produced.  After the course, the students will be able independently to go further with their research paper writing, towards publication. 


Candidates who intend to sit for exams must have completed the master's degree in a relevant field. In order to attend students need to have data collected and some preliminary research questions prepared.

Further the students need to send following information to course coordinator prior to the first meeting  
Title of research
Affiliation (faculty or student)
e-mail and other contact information
150 word abstract
Have you published or not previously?

Recommended previous knowledge 

Students attending the course need to have a research plan and to have basic knowledge in how to conduct research and different methodological approaches (qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed methods approach).

Mode of delivery

This course involves both in-person and online segments. The group will meet four times per year. First meeting will take place in Bodø and after that on Levanger campus. Students need to attend either of these meetings, not both of them. After the first meeting, the following two meetings will be held online. 

Learning activities and teaching methods 

During the course there will be lectures, group work and individual work in class and online activities. The first meeting will be more lecture oriented and the focus is on how to write an abstract and design a research paper. The second meetings online will be about assessing students research papers on different levels. The students will learn how to give feedback on research, both orally as well as written. 


In order to pass the course, active participation is required. The final course grade will be computed from the assignments listed below. 

During the course, students will produce 
a) an abstract,  
b) an outline for a research paper, 
c) present their paper online as well as 
d) give both oral and written feedback on a presentation/paper. 

The following rubric provided will work as a guide as to how written or other products produced during this course will be evaluated:

Course literature and recommended reading

The course literature is divided into mandatory and recommended readings. It is important that students read the mandatory literature prior to the course week. A list of the literature will be available about one month prior to the course week.

Mandatory literature: 
1. Writing and Publishing a Scientific Research Paper. 
2. Following article will be used as examples on the course.
a. Garvis, S., Harju-Luukkainen, H. & Flynn, T. (2018). A descriptive study of early childhood education steering documents in Finland, Sweden and Australia around language immersion programmes. Asia Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education, 12 (3), 1-22.
b. Assunção, H, Lin, S-W., Sit, P-S., Cheung, K-C., Harju-Luukkainen, H., Maloa, B., Stepanovic´ Ilic, I., Smith, T., Campos, J., Esposite, G., Freda, M. & Marôco, J. (2019). Predictors of the academic efficacy in unversity students: Can burnout suppress engagement? (in last review/press)
c. Harju-Luukkainen, H. (2018). ”We would Love to Have You Over...”: Building Career Capital in a New Academic Environment In: A. Black & S. Garvis (eds.). Women Activating Agency in Academia: metaphors, Manifestos and Memoir (pp.xx-xxx). Cornwall: Routledge.

Recommended supplementary literature: 
1. Angervall, P. & Gustafsson, J. (2014). Becoming an Academic Researcher. Policy Futures in Education. 12 (2), 191-199.
2. Öhrn, E. & Lundahl, L. (Eds.) (2013).  Kön och karriär i akademin. En studie inom det utbildningsvetenskapliga fältet. Gothenburg University Studies in Educational Sciences 341. Kållered: Ineko AB

As part of the teaching we will use examples from research projects. 

Registration deadline: 

> 25 January 2020 
> by email to Geir Fjeldavli 

Spring semester 2020
(16h of lectures)

Levanger: 28 January 2020, 09.00-12.00
Bodø:  7 February 2020, 09.00-12.00
Online meeting #1: Week 14
Online meeting #2: Week 20

Autumn semester 2020
The course is also scheduled to be offered in the autumn semester 2020.
(16h of lectures)

Levanger: Week 37
Bodø: Week 38
Online meeting #1: Week 41
Online meeting #2: Week 47

About the PhD

PhD in the study of professional praxis

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