Publishing for HDR Students

Our research training program can guide students towards successful publication of ongoing thesis and post-thesis work. Publish in 12 weeks is a structured online program with an emphasis on strategies to select journals and dealing with rejection. The program includes a series of recorded lectures and other resources. 

There are no pre-requisites to participate in the Publish in 12 weeks program, however, if you wish make the most of the program, and follow the steps to publication, you will need to be prepared. Please see the below list of 'What I need to make the most of the program'.  The recorded lectures are based primarily on the book Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks by Wendy Belcher (2009), and participants are advised to read the relevant chapters before listening to each lecture. 

Current HDR students may access the Publish in 12 weeks program at any time during their candidature. Early Career Researchers are also welcome to participate in this program.

How to Enrol

Access Online content via UNSW Moodle

The Content of the Publish in 12 Weeks program is available online via UNSW Moodle. the Moodle course for this program also includes relevant resources for HDR candidates who are interested in Publishing. To access the online contnet of this program, please follow the below instructions:
  • Access UNSW Moodle
  • Enter your user ID and Password
  • Click ‘agree and sign on’
  • Click on ‘Site Home’ to access the UNSW Moodle homepage
  • Search for the course by typing ‘Publish in 12 Weeks’ and click ‘Go’
  • Click ‘Publish in 12 Weeks’
  • Select ‘Self enrolment (Student)’ and type the enrolment key:
    Publish12W-participant

What I need to make the most of the program

The recorded lectures are based primarily on the book Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks by Wendy Belcher (2009), and participants are advised to read the relevant chapters prior to each lecture.

Participants are encouraged to organise ‘Writing Groups’ among themselves (information on organising writing groups is available on Moodle), to work on their paper. The activities listed below are to be carried out over a period of two weeks between each lecture.

If you wish make the most of the program, and follow the steps to publication, you will need:

  1. A draft of an article. This could be short like a conference paper (2-3000 words), or lengthy, like a long phd chapter (12-15000+ words).
     a. It would be possible to write as you go, but this means more time will have to be allocated to the program.
  2. Between one hour and one and a half hours per day during the week for twelve weeks to work through the exercises and complete the assigned tasks.
    a. NB: during week five of the program it is suggested that you set aside a whole day to revise your literature review.
  3.  A colleague (e.g. another PhD student) not necessarily from the same discipline who is willing to give you feedback on the very first version of your draft.
  4. A writing partner, who will discuss key elements of your developing publication with you. Preferably this is someone who is also working on writing an article. Its important that your relationship with this person involves you listening to them and giving them feedback as well as vice-versa.
  5. An expert in your field or subfield (probably one of your supervisors) who can give you feedback on key elements of your work as it progresses (the abstract, arguments etc.).
  6. An expert in your field/subfield who can provide advice about journals in your field, and what journals could be targeted.
  7. An experienced academic writer in the same or a related field who is willing to give feedback on a full final draft of the article.

Additional Resources

Advice for PhD Students wanting to publish with their supervisors (PDF) [213 Kb] from Professor Andrew Martin & Dr Rebecca Collie – School of Education, Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW

Advice for setting up writing groups (PDF) [431 Kb] from Dr Claire Aitchison