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Course of Study

Module 7000
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
Email: Roland.Herrmann@agrar.uni-giessen.de

Course Description

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.


  1. Introduction
    • Traditional or cumulative dissertation?
    • Relative importance of journal publications
  2. Basic Rules of Successful Publishing and Writing
    • The creative process
    • Major elements of a journal article
    • Style of writing
    • Review process and revision
    • Ethical Guidelines
  3. Training of Communication Skills in Academic Writing and Reviewing
  4. The Relevant Journal Market for Research Findings
    • 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

Teaching methods

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:

(ii) Internet sources:

Software: MS Office; SPSS or EViews helpful
Language: English


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.