Introduction to the Publication Process in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Peter Letmathe, 17 August to 21 August


The seminar primarily targets PhD students in economics and business administration as well as advanced master students who are interested in an academic career. The participants learn how to successfully master different stages of publication processes in high-quality journals. These stages include the formulation of research questions, their theoretical foundation and the application of suitable methods. For each stage, we define quality criteria, which are crucial for an article’s acceptance. These elements of publication processes will be trained theoretically and on a practical basis. Students will examine how published articles are designed and we discuss the weaknesses and strengths of several publication strategies. Students will also formulate research questions and examine how they can be elaborated theoretically and methodically. Finally, the students learn how to constructively review papers and how to respond to the reviewers’ comments. The course size is limited to 20 participants.

Teaching Objectives

  • Knowledge about quality criteria of scientific journals and publication strategies
  • Choice of potential target journals
  • Development and formulation of research questions
  • Theoretical foundation of models and hypotheses
  • Introduction to different methodical streams to respond to research questions
  • Structure of review processes
  • Critical thinking in a variety of business contexts
  • Writing and Publication Skills


  • Colloquium (80%)
  • written Homework (20%) 

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