An introduction to writing for academic journals - standalone online learning course
Duration Accessible at any time during academic year
Team Researcher Academy

This standalone online course is run by the Researcher Academy

Target Audience: Late stage postgraduate research students

This online course provides a guide to the journal acceptance process, featuring insights from seasoned journal editors and accomplished authors across approximately twelve different subject areas. The primary aim of this course is to empower you with practical knowledge and strategies, increasing your chances of successfully navigating the intricate journal submission and publication process. Upon completion, you will be better equipped to prepare, submit, and refine your research papers, ultimately enhancing your prospects for successful publication.

Through a series of concise video clips ranging from 1 to 4 minutes each, this course covers key aspects, including:

  1. Publication Process Stages and Editor Responsibilities: Learn about the various stages involved in getting your research published and gain a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of journal editors.
  2. Journal Selection and Early Stage Strategies: Discover effective techniques for selecting the most suitable journal for your research and enhancing your chances of acceptance during the initial submission stages.
  3. Peer Review Understanding and Constructive Response: Grasp the role of peer reviewers in the publication process and acquire the skills to respond constructively to peer review comments.

By completing this course, you will be equipped to:

  • Summarize Publication Process Stages: Articulate the sequential stages leading to research paper publication.
  • Evaluate and Select Relevant Journals: Assess journals that align with your research and make informed choices, taking into account factors like scope and impact.
  • Navigate Journal Requirements: Understand the specific guidelines and requirements of chosen journals to ensure your submissions meet their standards.
  • Comprehend Editor and Reviewer Roles: Gain insight into the responsibilities of both journal editors and peer reviewers.
  • Craft Positive Peer Review Responses: Learn how to constructively address peer review feedback, adapt your manuscript accordingly, and improve its quality.

This course also forms a part of the "Traditional Avenues for Research Communication" pathway.


This is a standalone(self-study) online course.

This course is delivered entirely online via Moodle and is self-study. You may access the course as often as you like until the end of the academic year.

Researchers across all 3 campuses can self-enrol on this course in Moodle by following this link: 


The following table shows a summary of what is needed to participate in the course. 

If you feel you will experience any difficulties participating, please let us know via the ‘special requirements’ tab, providing as much information as possible. The special requirements tab can be completed when you book your place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly at

Course open throughout the year
Access to Moodle
Engage with online materials
Undertake and submit an assessment at the end of the course (to be marked as attended on course register)
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