Writing and Publishing Workshops

The 2nd edition of the Writing and Publishing Workshops took place from April to June 2019. These workshops were organized with ISCSP’s PhD students and all CAPP researchers in mind, so to help them in their efforts to publish their research in academic journals.

The workshops also contributed to the fulfilment of two of CAPP’s main strategic objectives, namely, to increase relevant scientific outputs and to improve researchers’ scientific skills. The initiative also allowed to strengthen the connection of the research centre with its PhD students.

There were five sessions in the 2nd Edition: The Research Process: what and how to research (Sónia Gonçalves), The Structure of Scientific Papers (Miguel Pereira Lopes), Indexation (Pedro Goulart), Aspects and form of the Manuscript (Jaime Fonseca) and How to Deal with Journals: From submission to answering letters (Lara Tavares).

The initiative had 51 participants (in at least one session), and on average each researcher participated in more than 2 sessions. The average attendance per session was 24 participants. There were some external participants, but the majority were ISCSP researchers. The scientific areas that were most represented were Political Science and Public Administration.

After the last session, a questionnaire was sent to the participants to get their thoughts on the 'Writing and Publishing Workshops', and 22 responses were gathered. 96% of all responders makes a positive evaluation of the initiative, and all consider it should be repeated next year. 72% fully agree with the statement that the topics covered are pertinent, and 82% consider that the themes covered were not part of their Masters or Doctorate classes, and therefore there is no overlap of content. It is noteworthy that this initiative aims to complement the training of students only on scientific writing and publication. More than 90% will make use of what they learnt in these workshops. From this survey, we also conclude that the duration of each session must also be increased – and that’s what we’ll do next year.