1-day online course


This one-day course provides a general introduction to the system of peer-reviewed publishing. If you plan to write a paper for a peer-reviewed journal, but don’t have a great deal of experience in publishing, this one-day course is for you. It will provide you with all the information on the peer-review system and the key aspects of preparing and writing a paper. Our basic writing and publishing rules will help you to develop an idea for a concrete paper, start writing, and master the major challenges involved. Increase your manuscript’s chances of being published!

What you learn

  • What is peer-review?
  • How does the peer-review process work?
  • What criteria are used in peer-review?
  • What are the key characteristics of different kinds of academic publications?
  • What are the benefits of journal papers?
  • What are the challenges of paper writing?
  • How to choose audience, paper topic & paper type?
  • How to find a suitable journal?
  • How to set up a paper plan & a publishing strategy?
  • What are the basic rules to write & edit manuscript sections?
  • What are common beginner mistakes?


Beginners, no publishing experience required




max. 20


1 day (9 am – 5 pm)


Dr. Gunther Tress


Live online

Get Started Yourself

How We Helped Others With

“What I loved the most was that it was truly a beginners course. All of us in the course have to publish. To have one day, where everything we need to know about the peer-reviewed publishing world is covered, is simply amazing.”

PhD student

Technical University of Munich, Germany

“The ‘Understanding Publishing Course’ took away my fear to publish in peer-reviewed journals. It showed me how to develop clear strategies to cope with the publishing challenges. This should be part of the training at the very beginning of every academic career.”

PhD student

Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany

“I took the course with the expectation of understanding the process of peer-reviewing, its components and how it can be tackled. All of these were met. I would definitely recommend to anyone who is starting a scientific career and is going to write papers in the future.”

PhD student

Alfred-Wegener-Institute Bremerhaven, Germany

“Gunther gave a perfect introduction to the topic without loosing anyones attention. The course was easy to follow, very entertaining and delivered in a very professional way. Every single part of the course was well thought through with focus on the most important facts.”


Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Dortmund, Germany

“Although I already have experience in peer-reviewed publishing, this course helped me to focus more on the important tasks of writing a paper. It also gave me very important advice on structuring a good paper, as well as time management for successful and fast submission. I would definitely recommend this course.”

Early-career researcher

German Aerospace Centre DLR Oberpfaffenhofen