Academic Writing and Publishing in Agricultural Economics
Prof. Dr. Roland Herrmann,
Institute of Agricultural Policy and Market Research,
Senckenbergstr. 3, 35398 Gießen
Tel.: +49 641 99 37020; Fax: +49 641 99 37029
The course is designed to help PhD students in agricultural and food economics in improving (i) their knowledge of the market for publications, and (ii) their skills which are required to communicate successfully with reviewers and editors. Based on the contents of the course, PhD students shall be better prepared to publish their research findings.
- Traditional or cumulative dissertation?
- Relative importance of journal publications
- The creative process
- Major elements of a journal article
- Style of writing
- Review process and revision
- Ethical Guidelines
- Agricultural economics and neighbouring fields
- Assessment of the quality of journals and of research output (citation-based methods,
survey-based methods, hybrid methods)
- Selection of a journal
Lectures (50%), exercises (25%), seminar (25%)
Grading: To be specified in the course
Credit points: 3
The course will take place in English and a solid command of the English language is expected. Students who wish to receive credit for this course will be expected to attend all lectures.
(i) Books and journal articles:
- Hamermesh, D.S. (1992), The Young Economist’s Guide to Professional Etiquette. “The Journal of Economic Perspectives”, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 169-179.
- Heckelei, T. (2010), Publishing as an Agricultural Economist: Thoughts on Why, Where and How. In: Anania, G. and R. Herrmann (eds.), Professional Interest, New Issues and Recent Methodological Developments in Agricultural and Resource Economics. Special Issue, “German Journal of Agricultural Economics (Agrarwirtschaft)”, Vol. 59, No. 3, pp. 133-143.
- Herrmann, R., E. Berg, S. Dabbert, S. Pöchtrager and K. Salhofer (2011), Going Beyond Impact Factors: A Survey-based Journal Ranking by Agricultural Economists. “Journal of Agricultural Economics”, Vol. 62, No. 3, pp. 710-732.
- Ladd, G.W. (1979), Artistic Research Tools for Scientific Minds. “American Journal of Agricultural Economics”, Vol. 61, No. 1, pp. 1-11.
- Macgilchrist, F. (2014), Academic Writing (UTB No. 487), Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh.
- McCloskey, D.N. (2000), Economical Writing. Second edition, Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.
- Milardo, R.M. (2015), Crafting Scholarship in the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Writing, Reviewing and Editing. New York, London: Routledge.
- Moed, H.F. (2005), Citation Analysis in Research Evaluation. (Information Science and Knowledge Management), Vol. 9, Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
- Rigby, D., M. Burton and J.L. Lusk (2015), Journals, Preferences, and Publishing in Agricultural Economics. “American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Advance Access, doi: 10.1093/ajae/aau102.
- Ritzberger, K. (2008), Ranking of Journals in Economics and Related Fields. “German Economic Review”, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 402-430.
(ii) Internet sources:
- CFA (Commonwealth Forestry Association) (2010), an Online Guide to Scientific Publication. Webpage of the Commonwealth Forestry Association. URL: http://www.cfa-international.org/ONGSWintro.html.
- Choi, K. (2002), How to Publish in Top Journals. http://www.roie.org/how.htm
Sexton, R. (2009), Playing the Perilous Publication Process: Reflections of a Sometimes Author, One-Time Editor, and Too-Frequent Reviewer. Plenary Paper, 2009 EAAE PhD Workshop, Giessen, Germany, September.
Software: MS Office; SPSS or EViews helpful
The course is held at Justus Liebig University, Giessen, in one week. Lecture parts are in the morning, exercises and seminar parts in the afternoon.