PhD course: Peer-Review Publishing in Conservation, Gothenburg, Sweden, 18-20 September 2012

The Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg, Sweden in cooperation with Tress and Tress GbR, Munich, Germany announces a PhD course in Peer-Review Publishing in Conservation, 2 hp/ECTS.

Traditionally, the PhD thesis in Conservation has been presented in the format of a monograph. As with other disciplines, the article-based PhD thesis format is becoming more common, and now is an option in the discipline of conservation. The article-based model consists of a number of separate, free-standing, but related, published/publishable papers in peer-reviewed journals. The Peer-Review Publishing in Conservation course prepares and guides the PhD student in all aspects of the peer-review publishing process in preparation for presenting their PhD research in the article-based format. This course provides a hands-on approach to writing a paper for an international peer-review journal, and introduces the student to all the relevant steps involved in successful paper preparation, writing, and editing. It helps the student understand the explicit and implicit rules of the peer-review and revision process and to learn how to deal with reviewers and editors. Numerous training tasks help the participant draft individual sections of her/his manuscript, and they are given concrete advice on how to overcome the various hurdles involved in the writing and publishing process. The course increases the student’s understanding of what is expected in each manuscript section, and how to write these sections efficiently. It provides answers to individual questions and gives clear instructions on how to complete and submit one’s manuscript.


Location and dates: The course will be based on the premises of the Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Course period: 3 days, 18-20 September 2012


The 2 ECTS credits course will be conducted in English, with the main target group being PhD students within cultural heritage conservation primarily in the Nordic countries, but also in Europe. There is no course fee. Participants coming from outside of Gothenburg must secure their own financing for travel and expenses. The course is open to PhD students within cultural heritage conservation. In the case of more than 12 applicants, the applicants will be ranked primarily on a first-come, first served basis, and the relevance of the applicants’ PhD project to the discipline. PhD candidates who wish to apply for a place on the course should submit a CV, a letter of recommendation from their supervisor, and a 250-word abstract of their PhD project. Selected PhD candidates will be asked to give a short oral presentation, in English, of their PhD work and research as part of the course.

Deadline for application and abstract submission is 1 August 2012.

Notification of acceptance will be: 15 August 2012.

Application should be made to:

Department of Conservation
University of Gothenburg
Box 130
SE-405 30 Gothenburg

Course organiser

Elizabeth E. Peacock
Department of Conservation
University of Gothenburg
elizabeth.peacock [at] conservation__gu__se