|Raum||Dahlem Research School, Hittorfstraße 16, room 004|
Wed./Thu, 14 / 15 October 2015, 9:00-17:00
postdoctoral fellows in the humanities and social sciences
This workshop for postdocs in the humanities and social sciences offers a two-day course with a dual focus: publishing articles in international journals and an introduction to peer review for early-career researchers.
(A similar workshop for postdocs in the natural sciences will be announced soon.)
Day 1 on article publication offers guidance on choosing a journal, and insight into the key criteria involved in journal editors’ selection processes. It develops the participants‘ awareness of the demands involved in writing for an international readership, and covers the nuts and bolts of how to make a convincing scholarly argument, and to situate the research contribution effectively in the context of existing secondary scholarship. It also includes information on the processes of journal publishing (with implications for what to submit), including important issues such as copyright and open access.
Day 2 begins with an introduction to the origins and purposes of peer review, recent controversies, and differences between disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Looking at a broad range of contexts including publishing, conferences and funding applications, it covers issues concerning anonymity and disclosure, peer review systems, guidelines and criteria, and serves above all to develop critical skills and highlight the reviewer's ethical responsibilities. Overall, the day offers a range of practical guidance on the principles and standards involved in making a constructive contribution to the advancement of others' research and the integrity of the discipline.
Practical exercises (verbal and written) in pairs and in groups; presentations with questions and discussion; extensive handouts for information, reference and further guidance.
For Day 1: a short research outline 2 weeks in advance. It is assumed that participants will be working on a draft article and can do the exercises with reference to their work in progress.
For Day 2: participants are invited to bring along a published scholarly article on which they would like to offer a critique