Author Workshops

on Academic Writing and Publishing

  •  8 August, 2019
  • 10:00 – 15:45
  • Universiti Putra Malaysia

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We are glad to announce that Enago in collaboration with Universiti Putra Malaysia will be conducting an informative Author Workshop, assisting Malaysian researchers at different career-stages for achieving publication success.

This workshop will focus on providing insights on the selection of a journal for manuscript submission and the post-submission review process. During the sessions, we will educate authors on the importance of publishing in a good journal and the recent trends in the peer review process. We will also provide information on how the selection of the right journal and dealing with reviewers comments appropriately can increase the odds of manuscript acceptance.

Through these workshops, researchers will learn:

  • Understanding the scope, visibility, and discoverability of a journal
  • Assessing the quality of a journal and a basic understanding of key journal metrics
  • Expert tips and a list of tools for selecting an appropriate target journal
  • The value of peer review in academic publishing
  • Advantages and disadvantages of the different peer review models
  • Insights into peer review decisions

At the end of the workshops, all participants will receive a Certificate of Participation issued by Enago.

About the Speaker

Dr. Richard de Grijs, Ph.D.

  • An internationally acclaimed astrophysicist, editor,  publishing consultant, and a public speaker, Dr. de Grijs has a diverse academic profile and has driven several projects at well-renowned institutions such as the University of Virginia (USA), University of Sheffield (UK), University of Cambridge (UK), and Peking University (China).
  • He is currently appointed at Macquarie University (Australia) as an Associate Dean/Professor along with his affiliation to the International Astronomical Union (Vice-President of Division C), Institute of Physics (FInstP), Astronomical Society of Australia (Fellow), etc.
  • Till date, he has 300+ publications in established Physics and Astronomy journals and six published books to his name. The impact of his work is demonstrated by 5000+ citations that he has to his credit.
  • Dr. Grijs is also the recipient of more than 25 research grants. Additionally, he is a peer reviewer for many leading Physics and Astronomy journals, including Nature, Science, etc. He has also served as a Scientific Editor in The Astrophysical Journal (2006 – 2012) and Deputy Editor of The Astrophysical Journal Letters (2012 – 2018).
  • Some of his major achievements include the Erskine award (University of Canterbury), Exceptional Contribution Award (University of Sheffield, UK), Excellent Performance Award (Peking University, China), “Van Swinderen” Public Outreach Award (the Royal Netherlands Physical Society), and the Selby Award (The Australian Academy of Science).

Workshop Schedule

Time (Local Time) Topic
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome
10:15 – 11:45 Topic 1: Identifying a Target Journal for Publication
11:45 – 12:00 Q&A Session
12:00 – 12:30 Introduction to Enago’s Author Services
12:30 – 12:45 Q&A Session
12:45 – 13:45 Break
13:45 – 15:15 Topic 2: How to Handle Journal Rejection
15:15 -15:30 Q&A Session
15:30 -15:45 Closing Remarks

Workshop Briefs

Topic 1: Identifying a Target Journal for Publication

In today’s scientific landscape, it is very important for the researchers to select the right journal for publishing their manuscripts to ensure that their work gets noticed by the target audience and can fetch them good citations. Publishing in the right journal also helps to boost academic career and make a meaningful impact in your respective fields of study. This presentation would give useful tips to authors on choosing a suitable journal for manuscript submission to increase the probability of its acceptance.

After this session, you will have more information about the following:

  • How to shortlist the journals for your manuscript submission based on its aims and scope?
  • How does accessibility and discoverability of a journal affect the publication quality?
  • Understanding journal metrics to assess its quality
  • Insights into current publication models adopted by journals

Topic 2: How to Handle Journal Rejection

Peer review is one of the most critical processes in academic publishing and continues to have a significant effect on the number and type of studies that get published each year. However, although a high number of articles are submitted to a journal, only a small fraction reaches the peer-review stage, and very few get accepted. The transition of a manuscript from being under review to the journal’s final decision is a very stressful period for authors.  Our presentation is targeted towards authors who have a good grasp of the overall publication cycle but want more clarity on how to respond to the reviewer’s comments effectively and how to overcome rejections from journals.

After this session, you will have more information about the following:

  • Increased awareness of the peer review process in academic publishing
  • Better knowledge of the various peer review models adopted by journals
  • Understanding of the advantages of being a reviewer and the selection process followed by journals
  • Causes of rejection by journals and tips to avoid journal rejection
  • Commonly cited reasons in rejection letters and sample rejection letters
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  • Venue

    Date: July 8, 2019

    Address:Auditorium Rashdan Baba,
    Pejabat Timbalan Naib Canselor (Penyelidikan & Inovasi),
    Universiti Putra Malaysia,
    43400 Serdang, Selangor

    Website: http://www.upm.edu.my/