Writing for Academic Publication: an online course

Learn to write more clearly – and target journal papers more efficiently. As an academic, you are under increasing pressure to publish earlier in your career, with greater frequency and in higher ranked journals. But how do you decide which journals to approach with your research, and what’s the best way to do that? This seven-week course will help you navigate the academic publication world, while teaching you the skills you need to become a clear, effective and efficient research writer.
  • Understand the journal-publication process
  • Target journals more accurately
  • Plan more effectively
  • Write more efficiently

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Take the pain out of writing your research articles

Learn step-by-step how to target a journal and prepare your work for publication.


Course Director:  Dr Daniel Soule

7-week online course – starts 17 July 2017
Half-price introductory offer: £450 + VAT

Reserve your course place with a £50 non-refundable deposit. The balance is payable three days before the course starts or in instalments by arrangement –  contact sally@profwritingacademy.com

Introductory price (until 25 April) £450 +VAT Book your place now

Who is this course for?

We’ve designed this course for early career researchers starting out on an academic publishing career. It’s for researchers across STEM, social science, and arts and humanities subject areas who, having completed their data collection and analysis, are at the stage of writing their first research papers.

The course is suitable if you:

– Want to understand the journal-publication process and how to choose the right journals for publication
– Are keen to present your research in the most effective way
– Need to boost your confidence and overcome challenges to your writing process
– Enjoy learning new techniques that will help you to develop your research-writing skills
– Want to join a friendly and supportive group of learners, all working toward academic publication
– Can dedicate 5-7 hours per week for the duration of the course

If you are a university or research organisation and would like to take advantage of our block-booking rate, please contact sally@profwritingacademy.com for a chat.

What will I learn?

The first step to successful academic publishing is understanding the professional writing skills a researcher needs. As you work through each weekly session, you’ll identify the strengths and weaknesses in your writing, develop discipline and attention to detail, and learn how to organise data, while honing your editing and proofreading skills. You’ll also begin to understand how to tailor your academic papers to specific journals and the people who read them.

Session 1: Targeting a journal
We’ll examine the importance of targeting a specific journal prior to writing your article, and you’ll learn how to make sure your paper fits the aim and scope of the journal.

Session 2: The writing process: removing blocks
You’ll identify the strengths and weaknesses in your writing process and learn how to strategise solutions.

Session 3: Introductions and titles
You’ll learn how writing a good introduction and title can help improve the clarity of your thinking and writing, and feed into different stages of the writing process, from planning to writing and editing.

Session 4: The body of the research paper
We’ll model the sections in the body of a research paper from your target journal, with a particular focus on sections dealing with evidence and data.

Session 5: Discussions and conclusions
You’ll finish modelling your targeted research journal, examining the importance of conclusion and discussion sections.

Session 6: Developing a plan
Finally, you’ll put together everything you’ve learned over the past five sessions to develop a comprehensive plan for writing your paper.

About Course Director Dr Daniel Soule

Dr Daniel Soule is a freelance academic and director of Grammatology, a training organisation specialising in supporting academic researchers as they write and publish.

Dr Soule has 10 years experience of academic and research-writing training in universities and other research institutions, and has helped thousands of postgraduates and research staff write complex documents including research articles, theses and dissertations for academic, lay and popular audiences.

Dr Soule received his PhD from the University of Glasgow and has been both a research fellow for at a multi-university research consortia as well as a lecturer for more than five years at Glasgow Caledonian University. He now works in universities, clinical and research settings across the UK, Ireland and Norway, including Russell Group universities and national Graduate Schools. Dr Soule is both a published researcher, with a monograph and research papers, as well as a creative writer, with many short stories, poems and non-fiction essays and reviews to his name.
Twitter: @grammatologer LinkedIn

 Dan discusses the benefits – for academics – of mastering writing skills.

How will I learn?

We teach this course in our online classroom, which is open 24/7 so you can balance your learning around your work, family and friends. You’ll work in a small group of fellow learners so you can discuss ideas, ask questions and share your writing as you progress through the sessions. You’ll need 5–7 hours per week to complete the course.

You’ll learn from:

– Podcasts and videos from Dan Soule

– Written guidance from Dan Soule

– Writing prompts and exercises designed to help you plan and practise your own writing

– Carefully selected reading lists

– Online discussions with writers in your group and the chance to share and give feedback on each other’s writing


Dr Soule has been working with the University of Stirling for a number of years. He provides our research staff and students with inspiring courses on academic writing, and feedback has been consistently high. I have been extremely happy with the quality of training provided by Dr Soule, and have therefore consciously included him in our development programmes for over eight years. I would highly recommend Dr Soule as a very high quality, engaging and effective trainer.

Katharine M. Reibig, Researcher Development Policy Officer at University of Stirling

Daniel has been running regular writing courses for the Norwegian Research School since 2010. His three-day writing course is  popular among our PhD students because of its clear and logical structure. Daniel gives direct and constructive feedback on how to improve and he has inspired PhD students to enjoy writing. We can’t speak highly enough about his courses.

Ragna Breines, Project Manager for the Norwegian Research School in Climate Dynamics

Dr Dan Soule has delivered a range of workshop for staff at Queen’s University, since 2010, on the theme of writing for publication.  This includes workshops, writing retreats and one-to-one support to researchers during their writing.  Dan is always encouraging and creates a motivating writing environment.  Researchers always respond positively to these sessions and report that they have been crucial in enabling them to plan and complete various pieces of writing, from journal articles to book chapters.

 Paul Monahan, Staff Training and Development Unit, Queen’s University Belfast

Half-price introductory offer £450 + VAT Book your place now