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Course of Study

Module 6600
Publishing and Writing in Agricultural Economics


Prof. Dr. Thomas Heckelei
Institute for Food and Resource Economics
Chair of Economic and Agricultural Policy
Nussallee 21, Haus I, Room 1, D-53115 Bonn
Office hours: get appointment
Tel. 0228-732332


This course is designed to help Ph.D. students in agricultural economics to develop and improve their skills to publish scientific research in refereed journals. The students will acquire relevant knowledge on the publication process and practice technical writing in exercises. Most importantly – students will learn to think anew about their own research in the publication context.

Course format and grading

We will typically start with a lecture / discussion each morning. Then a larger part of the late morning / afternoon, students will work on assignments given. We will then meet again late afternoon to discuss the assignments. Grading will be on a pass / fail basis and is solely based on active participation. Complete attendance is mandatory for a pass.

Course certificates will be sent to participants after the successful completion. Make sure your leave your current address with us.

Grading: 3 credit points

Timing and Place:

Monday: 10:00 to 17:00
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30 to 17:00
Friday: 8:30 to 13:00

Nussallee 21, House 1, Computer Room, ground floor, 53115 Bonn


The course will be held in English and a solid command of the English language is required. Please bring your own notebook computer if available. A number of notebook computers can also be provided.

Course content

  1. Introduction
  2. Literature: role in the scientific process, search, technical handling
  3. Journals / Journal quality / Impact factors and Co.
  4. The review process
  5. The writing process: Structure, content, and style of articles

Material and preparation

Course material will be provided online at a course website (link given to participants). Please read the article by Heckelei (2010) in the German Journal of Agricultural Economics as it gives a little overview on larger part of topics we cover in the course.