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Strategies for Publishing in High Impact Journals - Summer School *POSTPONED due to Covid-19/New info and dates pending
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5902-20-11-31There are no available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 01/04/2021
PlaceNiels Bohr Institute
Date and timeJune 2020
Regular seats
ECTS credits2.50
Contact personJulie Meier Hansen    E-mail address: juliemh@nbi.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserChrista Gall    E-mail address: tlw843@ku.dk
Exam formCompleted/not completed
Exam formAndet/Other
Exam detailsTo pass the course, 90% attendance and active participation are required. The students are requested to make a portfolio consisting of different, completed, assignments given during the course.
Criteria for exam assessmentCompleteness of portfolio
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours
Study Groups20.00
Preparation / Self-Study25.00


Exciting breakthrough results can be transformative if they can be communicated in a clear, interesting and understandable way to a wide audience. This course intends to give young and upcoming researchers in the field of natural sciences the insights and tools for impactful, high level publishing.

Formel requirements
Students need to be enrolled in a PhD program. Students are asked to write a short motivation and brief description of their publishing experience (max. 200 words in total). Priority will be given to PhD students who already have either been leading or have been a significant co-author on a peer reviewed paper.

Please send your motivation for applying for the course per email to:

Learning outcome
The goals are to develop writing skills suitable for publishing in high impact journals (e.g., Nature, Science), to understand the editorial and peer review processes, to gain insight about the requirements of the journal, to get a sense of what captures editors, to practice presenting the results and data and to learn about the key elements of a great paper. The students will also learn about how, why, what and when to publish results in Nature. A complementary focus will be on science journalism and to get a taste of how to use today’s power of (social) media the right way to increase visibility of both the scientist and the research result.

Teaching and learning methods
The course elements are keynote lectures, lectures, group work sessions, units of student presentations and discussions, as well as time for self study. The keynote lectures will also be open for postdocs and junior research leaders.

Guest lecturers:

Dr. Leslie J. Sage, Nature Research Journal, Washington DC
Associate Professor Enrico Cappellini, Section for GeoGenetics, The Globe Institute
(To be confirmed) Professor Katherine Richardson, Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, Globe Institute

Local lecturers:
Associate Professor Christa Gall, Dark Cosmology Centre, NBI, University of Copenhagen
Professor Eugene Simon Polzik, Quantop, NBI, University of Copenhagen
Professor Albert Schliesser, Quantop, NBI, University of Copenhagen

*Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, this summer school has been postponed. New dates and information re. course description/lecturers to be updated once confirmed.

Preparation for the course:
Admitted students are requested to prepare a ‘mock’ science case in their field of research which they consider suitable for a high impact paper. This mock science case shall consist of one scientific question to be addressed, an outline of the methods and one significant result.

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