The comprehensive step-by-step guide to effectively writing a scientific research paper during the Corona lockdown!


Offered by TRESS ACADEMIC, presented by Gunther Tress (PhD)

3-5 June 2020

As a former Journal Editor and experienced author, I've taught over 3,000 academics worldwide in the past 13+ years how to write papers that get published in international peer-reviewed journals.

I’ve learned and analysed the challenges researchers face when writing papers throughout the 300+ courses that I’ve taught face-to-face and online.

Now, I have channeled the best techniques and guidelines into a exclusive programme that truly guides you to become a successful and efficient author of journal papers.

This course isn’t so much an academic writing training as it is a hands-on paper-writing course for academics intending to publish.

You will learn all the techniques and strategies that you need to efficiently write a journal paper that will promote your research, pass the peer-review process and gets accepted in a well-respected journal. Most importantly, you will get a step-by-step approach at hand that you can use to write and publish many more journal papers with ease.

Your end result: A roadmap for efficient paper writing that will guide you through your academic life!

How to publish in peer-reviewed journals

is the most comprehensive course of its kind that

Is created with YOU in mind

The course is not a lecture of endless, boring modules or academic writing theory that won’t bring your paper ahead.

Coaches based on your requirements

The course addresses your actual problems, challenges and questions that arise when writing and publishing journal papers. We customize the course using a pre-survey method to assess the individual challenges that you face and adjust the course content according to your needs.

Builds on interaction and exchange

You will not experience the anonymous training atmosphere of other online classes but appreciate the interactional possibilities to learn in groups and enhance your learning experience. You will enjoy three days of fully live teaching, which guarantees a high degree of exchange with fellow academics.

Considers the unique situation of academics today

Since this course is offered during a crisis situation, you will learn all the writing and editing techniques that you need to get a scientific research paper crafted away from regular access to labs/equipment. Not only will you get tips and tricks for paper writing in crisis situation but also be provided with a step-by-step plan to get your paper realised in your home-office so that you come out of this lockdown stronger than you went into it.

What you learn in this course

The course takes you through the four major steps in paper writing from start to finish of getting a paper planned, written, edited, and published.


Prepare the writing

In this initial phase of paper writing you build the groundwork for a successful paper. The problems that you solve here and the mistakes you avoid will benefit you when you draft your paper.

If you have never written a journal paper before, these are essential steps that you should be aware of to simplify the paper-writing process. If you have some experience with paper writing already, you will learn what to focus on to increase efficiency in your paper writing.

If you are unaware of the common pitfalls or if you feel tempted to ignore these essential preparation steps, you will have to work extra hard later in the writing, editing and peer-review phases of process.

Part I highlights:

  • Plan the different steps and time requirements of the paper writing and publishing process, using our unique ‘Paper Completion Plan’.

  • Identify a suitable topic for your scientific research paper that raises the attention of your peers and potential journals.

  • Define your target audience that will be most interested to read your paper.

  • Review ethical considerations of the journal publishing and peer-review process to better understand the international code of conduct.

  • Learn how to determine the list and order of co-authors on your paper and their responsibilities.

  • Find a journal that is suitable and interested in considering and publishing your paper, using our powerful journal selection tool.


Writing the paper

In this central part of the course, you receive detailed guidelines to write all relevant sections of your scientific research paper.

In a detailed step-by-step approach, you will draft and review all the necessary and optional content elements that are required in each paper section. Here you lay the foundation of your paper brick by brick. You will learn what is expected of you from the journal, what makes a good submission, and why. The writing process will be broken down into small manageable steps that follow a logical order, which can be followed on a daily writing schedule so that you make progress every single day.

At the end of this part you have a paper draft in hand and know how to complete it, as well as apply this process to any future paper that you may write.

Part II highlights:

  • Define the paper objective to get a red line for your paper writing.
  • Outline the structure of your paper to increase logic, clarity and efficiency in your writing.
  • Learn our golden rules of efficient paper writing.
  • Draft the key paper sections using our proven and smart guidelines for the Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion.
  • Compose a title for your paper that helps to promote your research and enables peers to find your work.
  • Get grip on how to visualise your research in tables, graphs and figures effectively.
  • Increase your paper impact by optimising the use of keywords, acknowledgments, appendix, supplements, and references.

Editing the paper

Once the paper is drafted, this part brings it up to a publishable standard. Nobody’s first draft is perfect and editing helps tremendously to get your paper where you want it to be: published in a good journal.

Often this stage of paper writing is neglected because you might think that good research alone will help your paper over the finish line. Yet, a poorly edited paper is often not even read or considered.

Our comprehensive editing approach will help you to get the best out of your paper. With only a small time investment in editing, you save a great deal of revision time in the peer-review process.

Part III highlights:

  • Self-edit your paper along a set of clearly defined editing criteria.
  • Initiate effective feedback on your paper by a colleague, friend or peer.
  • Decipher and consider the specific requirements of the journal’s author instructions.
  • Apply key revision principles of language and style to increase readability.


Submitting the paper and peer-review process

In this final part, you learn the essential strategies to move your paper with ease from submission, through peer-review, to acceptance and the publication stage.

This part of paper writing sometimes feels like a black box and you may think you have no influence on what is going to happen, but you can do a lot to help your paper successfully pass here!

Submission means more than just pressing the submit button and you learn how to master this step as well. Once your paper is with the journal and peer-reviewers, many small decisions influence how your paper will be looked at and how it will be judged. In this stage, you develop a proactive attitude and carefully apply our tactics to get your paper through to final acceptance in the shortest possible time.

Part IV highlights:

  • Understand the requirements and elements of a successful paper submission.
  • See your paper from the perspective of the journal editor, the reviewers and the publisher to better understand what is important for them.
  • Embrace the 5 stages of the peer-review process and recognise how you can support the process to shorten the time your paper is in peer-review.
  • Use our detailed checklists and our smart review sheet to self-evaluate your paper and understand the criteria that editors and reviewers use to judge your work.
  • Apply techniques for a successful and confident resubmission of your revised paper after peer-review.
  • Anticipate the steps required between paper acceptance and publication to make your paper available to your peers as soon as possible.

"I attended the publishing course you held in February 2020. I then had one month to write my first review paper (or first paper at all) and I was just about to start when we had the course. The paper is now, as of April 2020, published and this course was of tremendous help for me."

Linn, PhD student, BIOCEV, Czech Republic

The TRESS ACADEMIC Satisfaction Guarantee

“How to publish in peer-reviewed journals” is the most comprehensive step-by-step guide for academics who are enthusiastic and COMMITTED to writing a scientific research paper during the Corona crisis!

Our students are part of a highly-curated community consisting of knowledgable, motivated and super-supportive academics who are aiming to be productive and excel in their academic careers. When you join, you become part of this special community.

This course has led thousands of students to successful paper writing and publication over the past years. When you join, you will be one of them and we will instruct you how to go from paper draft to publication success.

If you discover up until 48 h before the course starts that paper writing is not what you are looking for and publishing a paper is not your next academic goal, then simply reach out to us ([email protected]) and we’ll refund your investment.

"The best, and I would say a unique feature of this course, is that you are working on your own manuscript … this is so helpful that it can't be compared with any other course."

Solveig, PhD student, University of Bergen, Norway
(took course in 2019)

How the course is organised!

The course runs from Wednesday, 3 June 2020 to Friday, 5 June 2020 live-online.

What does live-online mean?

The entire course is presented by our instructor Gunther live to you directly in your home-office or wherever you are joining the course from. All sessions are live transmitted via the Zoom video conferencing platform connecting all participants in one community. The course is offered to a limited number of participants only.

How many participants?

The course will be held for a smaller group to facilitate a good community experience. Therefore, it is offered exclusively to a limited number of participants. 

At what time?

The three course days run from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM (Central European Summer Time = GMT+2.) with several breaks.

How to join?

You will be sent a link to join this course. You will join with video feed to increase the community experience for all students. about specific features of your product.

Any preparation?

Prior to the course you will receive further information for how you can best prepare yourself for the course to maximise the personal course benefit to you. You will also receive a link to join the live-video sessions via Zoom.

Corona special?

This version of the course is offered only once to help you write papers during the Corona lockdown. Thus, it is a one-time exclusive offer.

If you have any questions on the course organisation, please contact us at [email protected].

"It was a fantastic experience, I have written a couple of papers and my scientific life would have been much easier if I had such course much earlier in my career. I will strongly encourage my students in the future not to make the same mistake. The course was precisely prepared and Gunther was so enthusiastic that it is hard to believe he does this almost every week."

Jan, Postdoc, Technical Univ. of Delft, The Netherlands
(took course in 2020)

Here’s what you’re getting when you enroll today:

How to publish in peer-reviewed journals - EUR 799 Value

  • Digital course material- EUR 49 Value
  • Checklists of all course parts - EUR 49 Value

When you add it all up, that’s a total real-world value of EUR 897.

But since we are in a difficult time for academics everywhere, and I am super-excited to see you on the course, I’m giving you the opportunity to enroll in “How to publish in peer-reviewed journals” today for the special price of just:

Pay Monthly

3 Payments of

EUR 199



Pay Upfront

1 Single Payment of

EUR 597


Registration for the course is limited! 

For any question on the payment process or regarding an invoice, please contact us at [email protected]

Interested in a 1h personal video consultation on your paper with Gunther?

You can book it in addition when you check-out. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What our most successful students asked before joining "How to publish in peer-reviewed journals":

You don’t have to be a beginner in the paper-writing business to benefit from this course. We’ve had senior scientists join, after they had published 20 or more papers and they still benefitted a lot from the course. You will learn how to make your established writing process more efficient and how to write better papers with less effort.

Absolutely, we will take you by the hand and give you an introduction to the whole process. If you’re planning to write a paper in the near future or are in the early phase of drafting one, you are at the right spot. The course will give your paper writing plan a tremendous push and you will surprise yourself with the progress you have made by the end.

The aim of the course is not to overwhelm you with a lot of details on writing papers but give you relevant and hands-on guidelines for how to write your paper. You will work on your own paper draft in 20+ exercises during the three days. All exercises can continue to be used after the course so that you know how to complete your paper.

This is the perfect situation- you’ve already started writing the paper and now you can use this paper and make a major leap in coming ahead with it. Of course, you can use the paper for all the exercises that we run during the course, so that you leave with a paper that has substantially progressed and improved.

There is no specific preparations to make before you take this course, apart from that you should be committed to writing a paper. We advise only that you have a paper idea, or topic you could write about, if you are not in the writing process yet. To facilitate this thinking, we will send you some information prior to the course to guide you.

Selecting the appropriate journal for your paper is part of the course content. Whether your paper gets published or not really depends on whether you submit it to journal A or B. It’s great if you already have some ideas where you could submit a paper, but we will look at this question in detail during the course.

The world of academia is huge, and many different disciplines have their own traditions and practices. There is of course not one size that fits all, but when we deal with paper writing, we deal with communication and the same rules of communication apply to many fields. We’ve had students from fields like medicine, physics, chemistry, biology, environmental sciences, geosciences, psychology, history, archaeology, economics, sociology and many, many more … and they all were able to transfer the steps and guidelines they learned to their fields and get published.

Every course is different, what makes ours unique is that we guide you step-by-step using a real paper that you are going to write. Thus, instead of hearing what you might potentially encounter when you write papers, you will actually apply your knowledge directly to your own work and end the course with an advanced paper draft. If this was not covered in your previous course, you will definitely benefit from joining ours.

We have been supervisors ourselves and we know there are many great people who advise students, yet, it is often a single perspective that you’ll hear, even if the person is well-informed. What we do differently from your supervisor: We survey many publishers, editors, reviewers and authors across academic fields to hear about the problems and challenges authors have with their papers. Based on this information we develop our guidelines, which clearly go beyond the perspective of a single supervisor.

The more important question is how much time you can set aside for writing your next paper. Before the course days, it is useful to think about a paper idea you want to develop in the course. Otherwise, it is not a lot of extra work needed to prepare for this course. You will spend some time afterwards to finalise your paper, but this is why you joined the course. We give you great tips on how to make this process as time-efficient as possible.

Everybody on the course will get a digital course certificate. It states the number of hours you spent on the course and state the ECTS credit points that you have acquired. You can submit our certificate to your graduate programme.

Many elements of writing papers are very similar, independent of the paper type that you are focussing on. The course subject matter centres around writing scientific research papers, but if you are writing a review paper, a methods paper, a short communication or a discussion paper, you will equally benefit from it.

This is a live-online course where we all will connect using video conferencing tools. You would need to have a desktop or a laptop computer with webcam and speakers or headphones as well as a good Internet connection. This is all you need and for many of us at our home-offices, this is what we have.

We are very much aware that many PhD students or other researchers are running on a tight budget and the Corona pandemic has probably even sharpened this situation. For this reason, we decided to provide this one-time offer of an especially reduced course fee for ALL students. The real course value is much higher but we want to give everybody a chance during the Corona pandemic to participate.

You were probably registered for a conference that has now been called off, or you had planned to attend a summer school or another course that was cancelled. Investigate whether you can reallocate your budget and invest it in your career development by joining this one-time chance for getting a quick-start in paper writing.

No problem, for this reason we offer you a payment plan that you can pay the course fee over 3 months, see the options at the check-out.

If you want to pay the course fee by invoice and not via the online payment system that we offer through PayPal, OR if you need an invoice for your department please contact us at [email protected]

Our course instructor, Gunther, not only has a background in science himself, he studied natural sciences, social sciences and humanities with a PhD in natural sciences. He researched and taught at various universities and research institutes across Europe, served as an Associate Editor for an international peer-reviewed journal, and regularly reviews papers for journals. For 13+ years he has coached and advised academics from all fields to help them get their papers written and published in journals. Gunther has collected all the essential experiences as author, reviewer and editor during his academic and professional career to teach you how to be a successful author of a journal paper. Gunther is also the co-author of the SMART ACADEMICS Blog providing guides on boosting performance and careers in academia. 

Find out more about Gunther on LinkedIn, ResearchGate, Twitter, FacebookYouTube or on his website.

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"How to publish in peer-reviewed journals" is PERFECT for you if…

  1. … you are just getting started with paper writing and want to do it right from the beginning.
  2. … you are already struggling with getting papers published and want to fix it once and for all
  3. … you are an ambitious academic who wants to see his/her work published and recognised by peers.
  4. … you are willing to spend some time producing a great paper about your research that gets published.
  5. … you are already investing quite a bit of time in preparing papers without big publication success.
  6. … you fear that your paper will get rejected.
  7. … you already had papers rejected.
  8. … you know that getting papers published will bring you closer to completing your degree, your project or will boost your academic career.
  9. … you want to write a great research paper that you can submit later to an international peer-reviewed journal.
  10. … you are willing to try hard to get the paper started and written during the Corona pandemic period.
  11. … you feel that you are always spending too much time and thought on paper writing for what actually gets written and published.

If you said YES to at least 6 of the above statements, I can’t wait to meet you inside “How to publish in peer-reviewed journals”.

Here’s what you’re getting when you enroll today:

How to publish in peer-reviewed journals - EUR 799 Value

  • Digital course material- EUR 49 Value
  • Checklists of all course parts - EUR 49 Value

When you add it all up, that’s a total real-world value of EUR 897.

But since we are in a difficult time for academics everywhere, and I am super-excited to see you on the course, I’m giving you the opportunity to enroll in “How to publish in peer-reviewed journals” today for the special price of just:

Pay Monthly

3 Payments of

EUR 199



Payment Upfront

1 Single Payment of

EUR 597


Registration for the course is limited! 

For any question on the payment process or regarding an invoice, please contact us at [email protected]

Interested in a 1h personal video consultation on your paper with Gunther?

You can book it in addition when you check-out. 

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