Getting my research into journals

Peter Maskell, Professor, Department of Strategy and Innovation, CBS
Keld Laursen, Professor, Department of Strategy and Innovation, CBS

Course coordinator
Peter Maskell, Professor

This workshop is intended to deal with the basic issues of the process of publishing in the learned journals for the PhD students who are about to write their thesis.

Continuous publishing in academic journals has increasingly become not only a criterion for initial employment, subsequent tenure, and possible promotion, but also a necessity for most academics employed by universities and business schools. 

This workshop is intended to deal with the basic issues of the process of publishing in the learned journals and will address questions such as: How to choose a journal? What constitutes a valuable contribution? In what style should it be written? How do I address an editor? What do the reviewers look for? At the end of the workshop, students will be familiar with the requirements for publishing articles in various types of outlets in management and related fields.

Course content
What is a good scientific contribution: Some criteria and examples

• Developing a publication project.
• Publishing strategies.
• The pros and cons of publishing in edited volumes contra in journals.
• Co-authorship, acknowledgements, credit-management
• How to deal with reviews and reviewers.
• Web tools: Assessing journals and authors using ISI Web of Knowledge
• Editors' Round-Table

Teaching style

Lecture plan
Day 1          
1.Introduction to the course
2.What’s the problem? What is the crucial decision?
3.How to structure and submit a manuscript
4.How to cope with reviewers
5.Editor’s corner - Q&A. Session with guests
6.What is a scientific contribution: Theory building or theory testing

Day 2  
7.How to select a journal (including hands-on ISI/SSCI-exercise)
8.Publication strategy I: The first time I did it. Session with guests
9.Comparing qualitative and quantitative research
10.Publication strategy II: The possibilities of outlets for your research
11.Co-authorship management
13.Wrap up and farewell          

Both days from 9.00-16.00.

Learning objectives

Sessions with lectures, panel discussion, hands-on exercises, testimonials, and group work, etc.
Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the main thrust of the literature before the course.


Start date

End date




Course Literature
  • Journal of Management Studies Guidelines for Authors
  • Industrial and Corporate Change Guidelines for Authors
  • Regional Studies Guidelines for Authors
  • Harvard Business Review Guidelines for Authors.
  • Huff, A.S. (1999): Writing for Scholarly Publication, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
  • Cummings, L.L. and Frost, P.J. (1985) Publishing in the Organization Sciences, Homewood, Illinois: Irwin.
  • Floyd, S.W., Schroeder, D.M., Finn, D.M. (1994): "Only if I'm first author: Conflict over credit in management scholarship", Academy of Management Journal, 37(3): 734-747.
  • Phelan, S.E., Ferreira, M. and Salvador, R.(2002): “The first twenty years of the Strategic
  • Management Journal,” Strategic Management Journal, 23(12): 1161-1168.
  • Starbuck, William H (2003): “Turning lemons into lemonade: Where is the value in peer reviews?” Journal of Management Inquiry, 12(4): 344-351
  • Whetten, D.A. (1989): "What constitutes a theoretical contribution?", Academy of Management Review, 14(4): 490-495
  • Clarkson, P. (2002): "Publishing: Art or Science? Reflection from an Editorial Perspective" Accounting and Finance 52:359-376
  • Rebecca, Piekkari and C. Welch (2011), Rethinking the Case Study in International Business and Management Research. Edward Elgar Publishing (See especially chapter 7)
  • Bradbury, M. (2012): "Why you don't get published. An Editors View" European Accounting Review 19:399-423.

You are expected to collect the literature for the course yourselves.

DKK 1950

Minimum number of participants

Maximum number of participants

Copenhagen Business School
2000 Frederiksberg

9 January:
Room KL2.53 (Kilen, second floor)

10 January:
Dalgas Have
Room DH.Ø. 1.108 (first floor) for the morning (computer room) and DH.Ø. 0.80 for the afternoon. 

Contact information
Administration of the course: 
Nina Iversen
PhD Support
+45 3815 2475

Registration deadline

Please note that your registration is binding after the registration deadline.
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