Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Writing your first Journal Article
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Attendance and participation  in sessions and completion of in between tasks.  20%
Semester Assessment Draft Journal Paper  50%
Semester Assessment Reflective essay  on the process and resulting paper. All three components need to be passed at 50% level.  30%
Supplementary Assessment Revise and resubmit failed components 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Have a critical awareness of how to present their original research in written format
2. Be able to self-direct on how to develop a journal paper
3. Creatively deal with issues with regard to a journal paper submission
4. Have an understanding of the peer review process and how to creatively deal with reviewers comments


To allow PhD/MPhil students to develop their writing and communication skills with regard to publishing their research.

Brief description

This module will look at the development of journal articles within a PhD context and would cover the full pipeline up to paper submission (and possible beyond that). It is seen that this is supporting the development of an essential skill for an academic/research career.
This is aimed at second/third year PhD (or potentially first year MPhil) students. It could be based around transferring a thesis chapter into a journal paper or starting that process from scratch.


The module will develop a journal submission and could contain the following sessions:
- from thesis chapter to journal paper
- from research to journal paper
- selecting a journal
- structure of a paper
- novelty/arguments/significance
- appropriate literature and academic grounding
- introduction and setting the scene
- discussing results/view/etc.
- writing an abstract
- covering letters
- submission process
- peer review process
- responding to reviewers comments

There could be practical tasks in between the sessions. There will be the opportunity to share work and to obtain feedback on developed work by peers, supervisors and facilitators.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Yes, through sessions and assessment
Improving own Learning and Performance
Information Technology Yes, through sessions and assessment
Personal Development and Career planning Yes, through sessions and assessment
Problem solving Yes, through sessions and assessment
Research skills Yes, through sessions and assessment
Subject Specific Skills Yes, through sessions and assessment
Team work


This module is at CQFW Level 7