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22. Aug 2023

Academic Writing: Producing an Academic Paper in the Social Sciences and Humanities (November 16-17, 2023)

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This workshop addresses junior scholars from the social sciences and the humanities who are currently working on an English-language article for publication or are planning to publish an article in an English-language journal in the future. The goal is to provide an understanding of the general structure and “choreography” of academic publications and hands-on assistance to participants who are writing their own papers.

The workshop will begin by discussing typical problems encountered when writing an academic publication and ways to facilitate the writing process. We will then address the typical organization of academic publications. This will involve having a detailed look at the basic components of an academic paper, what we need to pay attention to in each part, where to place which elements, and what tenses are typically used. Particular attention will be paid to the essential benefits of, and how to think about, developing a clear “storyline” and being clear on your “take-home message.”

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • You will be familiar with the general structure of academic publications
  • You will have learned strategies of how to approach the task of writing papers.
  • You will have a clear understanding of the basic components of an academic paper, what is important in each part, where to place which elements, and what tenses to use.
  • You will be aware of the importance of and how to go about developing a clear storyline and being clear on the key message of your paper.


  • Proficiency in English (at least B2-level). 
  • Prior attendance of our “English Academic Writing I: The Ground Rules of Writing Well” is recommended but not mandatory.
  • Please bring a laptop, if available, and two or three publications from your field of research that might serve as a model for your planned publication. Think about the key message of your planned article and a rough outline of your argument.

Target Audience

Doctoral students and postdocs in Humanities and Social Sciences 

Terms and Application

  • November 16, 2023: 10 am – 5.30 pm and November 17, 2023: 10 am – 5.30 pm
  • Format: on-site at MLU
  • Location: Von-Seckendorff-Platz 1, SR: 5.10 (roof level) 
  • Group size: maximum 10
  • Workshop-Language: English

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The workshop will be conducted by Stephan Elkins and Andrea Tönjes from SocioTrans. Both are social scientists with many years of experience in university research and teaching in German and English. 

The company SocioTrans, founded by Stephan Elkins, specializes in the translation and linguistic revision of social science texts (German/English, English/German). Numerous social scientists from universities and research institutes in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are among the customers that SocioTrans supports in its international publication activities.

Über Lilly Teresa Kube

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