Publishing for early career researchers – 6 June 2019

Publishing tips for early career researchers – 6 June 2019

Though publishing your work is very appealing, it can seem a daunting process. Where to start? How to approach this? Do I publish part of my work now or all of it later? And what are the implications for me of open access publications instead of traditional publishing?

This workshop on publishing and publication strategies is aimed at PhD students and RMA students and attempts to address some of these issues. The morning session will consist of several presentations on the processes of publishing and issues such open access. In the afternoon there will be a workshop by De Focus and a panel discussion to address some final issues.

Preliminary Program:
Location: Room 11A-24 (Main building VU)
10.00-10.45 –  Session 1: Academic publishing guidelines

10.45-11.00 – Coffee/tea break

11.00-11.45 – Session 2: Mini-workshop: Finishing & Publishing your PhD by Dr. Sasja van der Vaart Verschoof

11.45-12.30 – Session 3: Graduate publishing (KLEOS and Intersection), View from the Editorial Board

12.30-13.30 – LUNCH

Afternoon session – Room 9a-32.

13.30-15.45 – Workshop ‘Outreach’ by Thom Hamer and Sonja Pleumeekers from the board of De Focus. Here you can find the full program and preparatory assignment. 

15.45-16.00 – Cofee/tea break

16.00-17.15ish – Final panel discussion

Preparatory assignment for the workshop ‘Outreach’.

In preparation of the workshop, you are asked to write an introduction to a journalistic article based on the content of your bachelor thesis, advanced research proposal or already existing article concept, to be submitted by Wednesday 5 June, 23:00 hrs., through mail to

This introduction lacks the strong demands associated with an academic article; rather, it is a concise, easy and appealing read that emphasizes the relevance for readers that may not be so familiar with the discipline in question. Still, the scientific dimension remains evident; indeed, the introduction takes the first steps toward tackling a problem of scientific interest and arguing in a scientifically sound manner for a solution.

During the workshop, editorial teams (consisting of approximately five members, a mixture of PhD and master students) evaluate each of their concept introductions by discerning its strengths and weaknesses, in order to suggest improvements for further versions of the article.  Assessment will be guided by specific criteria. In this way, you really get to know the practice of editorial boards and gain a basic understanding of what makes an excellent piece of science journalism.

The introduction has a maximum length of 200 words and can consist of multiple paragraphs. Among the substantive criteria are clarity, accessibility for the layperson, target audience, suitability of the scope, stylistic appeal, and the title’s strength. Further guidelines can be found in the LibGuide on ‘Outreach’ (particularly, under “How do I write an article?”) Finally, please take a look at the website of De Focus and get inspired by the style and form applied in the published articles.

Please send an email to IJk van Hattum, stating your name, whether you are a PhD or (R)MA student and if you have any dietary requirements/preferences.

Note, since only 20-30 people can attend, PhD and RMA students have priority. Recently graduated archaeology students and MA students (non-member) can be put on the waiting list.

Credits: 1 EC, more information on assignments will follow.

Participation fee: The attendance is free of charge and includes coffee, tea, and lunch.

Location: Main building, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (De Boelelaan 1105). Morning sessions: Room 11A-24. Afternoon sessions: room 9a-32.

Language: English