ECS-60803 From Thesis to Academic Journal Manuscript


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Group work2
Course coordinator(s)A Pachuau MSc
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. M Mulder
A Pachuau MSc
Examiner(s)prof. dr. M Mulder

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Assumed knowledge on:

Major MSc thesis in a Social Sciences Program completed. This course concludes the Research Master Cluster in the Research Master Variant of the Social Sciences. Other students that wish to follow this course should follow the non-RMV variant of this course From Thesis to Journal Manuscript (ECS-51703).


The course aims at composing a manuscript for an academic journal, based on the major thesis in a social sciences program. Both the writing and publication process will be elaborated, including differences in publication cultures per discipline and requirements for submission per journal. The core part of this course is to write a manuscript in various parts. Students will get acquainted with the developing and reviewing process of a journal by a simulated peer review process. Students will be asked to revise their manuscript based on the review, and to write a letter to the editor stating their reactions to the comments of the reviewers.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to:
- be able to select a target journal in which they could publish an article based on their master thesis in a social sciences program;
- be aware of the status and scope of the journal, the instructions for authors and the submission and review process;
- be able to write a manuscript for a selected journal;
- be able to review a manuscript of colleague students according to the procedures of a certain journal;
- be able to process comments of reviewers and editors in rewriting their manuscript;
- be able to write a constructive letter to the editor explaining the reactions to the comments and the revisions made in the manuscript;
- have a clear picture of their writing style, and ideas to improve this style.


- select a target journal;
- write a manuscript through weekly assignments and lectures that build towards a manuscript;
- do a peer review of a manuscript of a scientific paper;
- revise the own manuscript based on (student and expert) peer reviews;
- write a response letter to the editor.


- Journal manuscript based on passing 7 compulsory weekly assignments (80%);
- letter to the editor (5%);
- individual reflection report (10%);
- reviews (5%).
Each component requires a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.



Restricted Optional for: MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMSc6WD
MIDInternational Development StudiesMSc6WD