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 is an online course which provides real and useful information about the journal acceptance process from experienced journal editors and published authors. Experts from approximately twelve different subject areas were interviewed to provide a number of video clips of approximately 1-4 minutes each.

Topics include:

  • Stages of the publication process and the responsibilities of an editor
  • How to select a journal to submit to and how to improve your chances in the early stages
  • What a peer reviewer does and how to respond to peer review comments constructively

Aims/ Objectives:

The aim of this course is to provide researchers with information that will help them to increase their chances of successfully negotiating the journal submission and publication process.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • To be able to summarise the stages of the publication process
  • To assess relevant journals and select those most suitable
  • To evaluate journal requirements
  • To understand the duties of the editor and peer reviewer
  • To compose a positive response to peer review comments and adapt the submission accordingly


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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