Writing articles for international journals: experiences and tricks of the trade

Location: Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta

Date: 17 May 2017

Indonesian and Dutch Organizers:

Dr. Najib Azca, UGM, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Dr. ir. Jacqueline Vel, KITLV, Leiden, The Netherlands
Dr. Ward Berenschot, KITLV, Leiden, The Netherlands

Background topic Master Class

All researchers working in an academic environment should publish  scientific articles, and preferably in an international journal.  What are the requirements and how can we write such articles? What does it mean to write articles of good academic quality, and how can we improve the appeal of our work to an international audience? In this one-day master class we will discuss how we to prepare articles for publication in international journals, while drawing examples particularly from research in the field of governance.  The organisers will facilitate the discussions and share their experiences as international authors and reviewers for international journals.

Contents Master Class and goal

This masterclass aims to support participants turning their idea into an article suitable for publication in an international, peer-reviewed journal. To this end, the masterclass will discuss the main challenges involved when writing such articles, such as the engaging with academic debates, developing the article’s main argument, presenting and structuring the material and dealing with the review processes of journals. The master class will do so through a mix of lectures, assignments and interactive discussions.


9:00 – 9:45 Introduction.

Assignment: Participants will pitch their article’s question, finding, argument

9:45 – 10:30 Lecture: ‘Elements of a world class article’ by Jacqueline Vel

10:30 – 10:45 coffee break

10:45 – 12:45 Lecture: ‘Engaging with academic debates in writing’ by Ward Berenschot

Assignment: Of what is your case a case?

12:45 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:30 Lecture: ‘How to develop the main argument of your article’ by Najib Azca and Ward Berenschot

Assignment: What is your main argument, and how do you support this argument?

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:15 Do’s and don’ts of academic writing by Jacqueline Vel

Assignment: Develop the structure of your article

17:15 – 18:00 How to select your journal and navigate its procedures? By Ward Berenschot

18:00 – 18:15 Wrap-up.

Who can participate?

The master class is intended for academic staff (and PhD students) in the social sciences. Those working on themes related to (local) governance are particularly invited to apply. The maximum number of participants is 30. There is a very limited travel budget available for selected participants from the outer areas of Indonesia.

Researchers who would like to participate can apply by sending an e-mail to kitlv@kitlv.nl with the title “application KITLV master class OSM 2017”. For this application you are requested to fill in a small form, which serves as preparation for the master class. This includes an abstract of an article you envision writing. When you send your application to the KITLV, you receive the form.

Preliminary list of presenters

Muhammad Najib Azca, Ph.D
Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIPOL) Universitas Mada University (UGM), Yogyakarta, Indonesia Email: najibazca@ugm.ac.id, najibazca@gmail.com

Dr. ir Jacqueline Vel
Research, Coordinator SPIN programma ‘Governance, Markets and Citizenship’ at Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), Leiden, The Netherlands.
E-mail: j.a.c.vel@law.leidenuniv.nl

Dr. Ward Berenschot
Researcher, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), Leiden, The Netherlands
E-mail: Berenschot@kitlv.nl