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Course content

The course provides an introduction to international publishing for PhD candidates in the social sciences. The PhD candidates will gain insights into the different phases and challenges that are typically encountered in international publication of peer-reviewed journals and books, such as preparation, submission, revision and resubmission. The course will also foster PhD candidates to reflect upon ethical aspects of the peer-review and publication process.

Learning outcome

By the end of the course, the candidates will have sufficient knowledge to be able to start planning the international publication of some of their PhD work. This entails:

  • Developing candidates’ knowledge of the peer review process, and ability to organize the work in the different phases of international publications (preparation, submission, revision and resubmission).
  • Developing candidates’ ability for critical thinking, particularly with respect to the ethical aspects of international publishing (e.g. relationships with co-authors and the supervisor, ownership of data and ideas, research misconduct, open access and societal impacts).
  • Making an overview of the most important publication outlets for the candidate’s PhD research, and a (preliminary) plan and publication strategy for the candidate’s doctoral work.


The course is compulsory for all candidates on the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

PhD Candidates must each semester register in Studentweb for the courses and exams they wish to take.

The deadline for registering is February 1 for the spring semester and September 1 for the autumn semester.

This course is only available for candidates admitted to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the course is dependent on admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo. 


The teaching spans two days in week 10 (ca. 10 hours of teaching). 75% attendance on both instruction days is compulsory for this course. Active participation is required.

Approved compulsory attendance is a prerequisite for examination.Approved compulsory attendance is valid for the next two semesters the course is offered. 

Session 1: Articles for peer-reviewed international journals: Preparation & submission

  • Why international publishing
  • The key characteristics of a good publishable paper: novelty, framing, contribution
  • Before the submission: presentation at seminars and conferences
  • Journal selection and submission

Session 2: Articles for peer-reviewed international journals: Revision & resubmission

  • Surviving a rejection
  • Undertaking a revision and resubmission
  • Acceptance for publication and dissemination
  • Invitation to review: How to be a good referee?

Session 3: Publishing books

  • Why publish a monograph
  • Choosing a publisher
  • Preparing a book proposal
  • Book launch and dissemination

Session 4: Ethical aspects

  • Relationship with the co-authors and the supervisor
  • Ownership and sharing of data and ideas
  • Pitfalls: data fabrication and plagiarism
  • Open access and open science
  • Popular dissemination and societal impacts


After the course, each student will write an essay (report) that will present an overview and discussion of the most important publication outlets (international journals and/or book publishers) that are relevant for the candidate’s PhD research. The essay will seek to map important publication outlets in the student’s field of research, and discuss advantages and challenges of different publication strategies that will be followed during the course of the PhD. 

Formal guidelines

■Minimum 2000 words, maximum 5000 words. Cover page, abstract, illustrations and list of references come in addition.

■Times New Roman, font size 12, and a line and paragraph spacing of 1.5.

■For source references and quotations, please use a style template established for your own discipline.

Language of examination

The language of examination is English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

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Feedback from our students is essential if we are to offer the best possible courses and programmes of study. We carry out continuous evaluation of this course, and at regular intervals we request students to participate in a more comprehensive, periodic evaluation of the course

If the student needs confirmation on passing this course, he/she must do this through studentweb and use the description on this web page for information. We do not give out course confirmations in other ways.

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