Publish or Perish


Call for papers for workshop on the 28th of February 2013

The Utrecht ”Publish or Perish“ workshop on publication strategies

For PhD-candidates in economic and social history

Research publications are becoming increasingly more important as a tool to assess scholarly achievements. The field of social-economic history is no exception. But PhD students are often not fully aware of all aspects of academic publishing and thus find it hard to publish their research results. The aim of the workshop is to let well-published scholars share their experiences on how to publish with the next generation of social and economic historians, and to comment on and discuss the potential of their current research papers. The scholars who will be lecturing during this workshop are: Jan Luiten van Zanden, Maarten Prak, Bas van Bavel, Keetie Sluyterman, Jacob Weisdorf and Tine De Moor.  

  • Where, when, what, and how to publish?
  • Academic Journals
  • Publishing a book
  • Editing a book (on basis of conference papers)
  • Getting a very thick skin: dealing with referee reports (including examples of referee reports received by other scholars)
  • Give me that catchy title!
  • Finally, and now for real: working on your own article in small groups, supported by one of the above speakers. 

The workshop is open to a maximum of 20 PhD students. Preference will be given to applicants (PhD students or early-stage Post Docs) who have a (nearly) finished research article.  Applicants must send an application package including an article (or a book chapter) of 8,000-10,000 words (in English), which they plan to send to a journal in the months following the workshop. The article should include foot- or endnotes, but does not have to be prepared according to the journal’s house style. The article must be accompanied by a short abstract (max. 500 words), the journal name(s) the applicant envisages for publication of the paper, as well as the applicant’s CV.  The application package must be send to by 1 December 2012 at the latest.  Notification of acceptance will be given no later than by 25 December 2012.  Lunch and dinner will be provided by the organizers, but accepted applicants will need to cover their own expenses (travel and accommodation, if needed). Also, there will be a participation fee of 50 EUR.  To apply and submit your paper and CV, please go here.  

The workshop is organised by Tine De Moor and Jacob Weisdorf (Centre for Global Economic History, Utrecht University/University of Southern Denmark, Odense)

Venue: Utrecht University