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Research Capacity Development

Attention: All Academic Staff: Writing for Publication Workshop

Research Capacity Development (RCD) will be hosting a Writing For Publication workshop, presented by Prof Chris Kapp, from 18-22 July 2011 in Port Elizabeth. Interested academic staff members can apply to attend via ProSkillC.

Applications will close on 12 March 2011.

Please note that bookings made via ProSkillsC should be considered as preliminary applications for attendance only. Final bookings will be confirmed with successful applicants via e-mail. Unsuccessful applicants will be informed via e-mail.


No research is research unless it is published! An institution of higher education receives subsidy for an article authored by an academic staff member of that institution and published in an accredited journal. Having your research published in an accredited journal enhances the academic profile of your institution and your department and it adds to your prestige as an academic. Furthermore it improves your career development opportunities and contributes to your self-actualization as a scholar.

During this workshop you will receive step-by-step guidance and coaching on writing an article based on the outcomes of your research. You will receive peer review as well as feedback on your work from experienced critical readers. Two experienced, accredited and registered language editors will be part of the workshop and will be available continuously to edit your work and to give feedback. The critical readers and editors will provide support until your article is ready to be submitted for publication.

Target group:

The workshop is aimed at academic staff members who are novice authors and have not published articles in accredited journals, as well as academic staff with fewer than four published articles who are hoping to improve their publication rate. Only eighteen participants are accepted per workshop.

The expected outcomes:

  • to complete at least eighteen articles (one per participant) for submission to an accredited journal based on the guidelines for authors of that particular journal;
  • to have as many of these articles accepted for publication during the first round of submission
  • to eventually have all the articles accepted for publication

What is required of the participants?

Participants should bring the following to the workshop:

  • completed research (something to publish) at least in a first draft article format (70% completed);
  • guidelines for authors of all the journals in which they consider publishing their work;
  • recent copies of the journals in which they wish to publish;
  • a laptop computer, extension lead, adapter plugs; and
  • preferably access to the internet via 3G.

Each participant should also have sufficient time available in the evenings to work on redrafting parts of their articles.

If possible, participants should have access to their own Internet facilities (e.g. 3 G)