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Ekonomihögskolan vid Lunds universitet

Writing and editing for academic publication


Nick Butler, Assistant Professor at Stockholm Business School, gives a two-day PhD workshop on academic writing.

Two-day PhD workshop:
Writing and editing for academic publication

Course leader: Nick Butler, Stockholm Business School

This workshop is about the craft of academic writing. On one level, writing is the most visible of academic tasks: it is the means by which we convey our ideas in theses, books and articles. On another level, writing is the least visible of academic tasks: we do it behind closed doors, in silent dialogue with ourselves. Even if the outcome of our writing will be shared with others, the act of writing itself remains profoundly private. Writing is a source of worry and anxiety – particularly among doctoral students – precisely because we are expected to do it, and do it well, with little or no formal training. This workshop is designed to bring academic writing out from the shadows and into the light of day, not just by talking about writing but also by actually doing it together.

The workshop focuses on writing as a social and organizational practice – and the kind of academic identities we cultivate as we engage in this practice – rather than on writing as a universal set of technical skills. The emphasis is therefore on the practical and ethical choices involved in what and how we write academically, instead of the ‘one best way’ of producing text for scholarly publication. Specifically, participants will learn how to appreciate different styles of academic writing, apply principles of writing and editing to their work on the sentence- and paragraph-level, and reflect on the practical and ethical dimensions of academic publishing.

The workshop will be a mix of class discussion, small group work, and individual exercises. The language of instruction is English.


Prior to the workshop, course participants will read some short extracts about the craft of academic writing (TBA). In addition, course participants must email an anonymized one-page, 12-point, double-spaced Word document to the course teacher. This text should be an extract from the course participants’ recent academic writing (e.g. thesis, conference paper, draft article, or another work-in-progress). This material will form the basis for collective editing. Participants are asked to send their one-page text to Nick before 11th June.


The workshop is suitable for doctoral researchers at any level of their studies. It is open to all doctoral students at the Department of Business Administration at Lund University School of Economics and Management.


Please sign up for the workshop no later than 31st May 2018 by email to Research Studies Coordinator Charlina Lunvald,

14–15 juni 2018


Rhenmansalen, Ideon Alfa 2
Scheelevägen 15A
223 63 Lund


Charlina Lunvald