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About the project

PUBLISH: in what language? At what research stage? In which journal? Book, chapter or journal article?

FLOURISH: How to give voice to your themes and concerns? How to ensure quality, organise your text, find co-authors, find rephrasing techniques?

(DO NOT) PERISH: How to manage your time, create routines, organise your writing time and space, stay hydrated, do not forget to breathe … well, you get it!

Scholars around the world have (sometimes inadvertently) joined the race toward visibility, recognition and sustained career in the academia. Early career researchers may feel lost and confused as they receive conflicting messages: amidst the pressure to publish as much and as good as possible, they become aware that research quality and innovation take time and effort, while publishing-related anxiety and stress can take a toll on their health.

Simultaneously, international editors have established mechanisms and procedures to ensure the scientific quality of research publications (e.g. impact factors, peer-review) and continue a few other economic gatekeeping practices as well (e.g. pay-to-view; pay-to-publish). And, to top it all, open-access journals are a big grey area with different levels of quality and reputation. 

A renowned research Centre such as Centro de Estudos Sociais da Universidade de Coimbra has a great potential to keep advancing international research thanks to the current 468 PhD students, 61 junior researchers and 122 post-doc researchers at the Centre. That is why the Centre has invested efforts and resources in stimulating publications by introducing the specific internal support in translation, peer-review and editing. However, PhD students and junior researchers cannot access those services. So the burning questions and conflicting messages remain. 

How can young researchers find their way in the ever-changing world of research publications? How can they think big and contribute to the scientific publishing world?

We – fellow researchers and librarians – would like to help. We will not offer ready solutions nor promise to perform writing miracles. What we can do is to share information and practical knowledge of useful techniques and practices of writing, revising, editing, and publishing … hoping that it may help them become more at ease with writing about their research and interacting with academic publishers. 

Survive the stampede!


Clusters of workshops throughout the academic year.

Workshop clusters:  November 2017, February, April and May 2018

Through presentations and hands-on sessions presented in 3 modules

Target audience:

  • Priority to early career researchers - PhD students and junior researchers and post-docs (CES or UC)
  • Non-UC (external participants)

Number of participants: 
25 in Module 1;
25 in Module 2;
30 participants – Module 3 (Meet scientific editors and publishers)

Fees per module: 
25€ CES or UC participants
40€ external participants

Portuguese and English*

Invited speakers/coaches:

  • CES researchers who have successfully published in different languages;
  • Librarians and cultural/language policy researchers;
  • Writing coaches, to share tips and some of their favourite techniques;
  • Representatives of national and international publishing houses;
  • International participants; International researchers.

NOTE: The preferred language will be Portuguese however, subject to change according to the guests’ main working language.

1st Module
Norte|Sul Library Resources: Citation Norms; Search Engines...


November 15 | 10am-13pm || 14:30pm-17:30pm - Maria José P. F. Carvalho
BNS / SIBUC: Catalogues & databases
> CES | Alta, Room 2

November 22 | 10am-13pm || 14:30pm-17:30pm - Maria José P. F. Carvalho
Citation rules/norms; Citation styles and bibliographic references’ management
> CES | Alta, Room 2

November 29 | 10am-13pm || 14:30pm-16:30pm - Maria José P. F. Carvalho
Impact factor and relevance of periodical publications
> CES | Alta, Room 2

December 6 | 09:30am-12:30pm || 14:30pm-17:30pm - Joaquim Veríssimo & Susana Jarmelo
09:30am-12:30pm - Joaquim Veríssimo
Researcher’s ID: Introduction to ORCID
14:30pm-17:30pm - Susana Jarmelo
Bibliographic databases usage: (Web of Science) in the international scientific career management and promotion.
> CES | Alta, Room 2

December 7 | 10am-12:30pm || 14:30pm-17:30pm - Francisco Freitas
Zotero & Mendeley: bibliographic content management
> CES | Alta, Room 2

Registration: October 23 - November 3, 2017

We request a 15 minute early arrival so that personal computers may be connected and/or any WIFI problems may be solved prior to the sessions beginning.

Sessions will start on schedule, promptly!

[Registration module by module]

Further information & Registration
2nd Module
Scientific writing: from frustration to creation

13 December | 10:00-12:30 am - Anna Blurtsyan 
Career Development: Is there life after a PhD?
> CES | Alta, Room 1
[This workshop is part of the events of the CASPIAN network]



6 February  | 10h-17h30 | Meeting authors and actors: Tips for scientific writing
Moderator – Joaquim Veríssimo  
10h-11h15 - Olga Solovova: Thesis: getting it done and successfully defend it. Time management
11h30-13h - Paula Casaleiro: Thesis timeline: putting up with and putting up a fight
14h30-15h45 - Nancy Duxbury: *Editors’ perspectives. Visualization and mapping*
16h-17h30 - Mónica Lopes: In-between creation and distraction
> CES | Alta, Sala 2

7 February | 10h-16h30 | Social sciences and Humanities: different approaches to scientific production
Moderator: Maria José Carvalho 
10h-13h - João Arriscado Nunes: Different approaches to scientific production organization
14h30-16h30 - Patrícia Taborda Silva: Preparing PhD students for the world of international academia: ways and practices
> CES | Alta, Sala 2

20 February  | 10h-17h | Academic writing in Portuguese
Moderator – Olga Solovova  
10h-17h - Joana Vieira Santos: Português académico: identidade do/a investigador/a e os variados discursos académicos
> CES | Alta, Sala 2

28 February | 9h30-17h30 | Revisions and transformations: Experience sharing & shared experiences
Moderator: Joaquim Veríssimo
9h30-10h30 - Daniel Neves Costa: On the researcher’s voice
10h45 -11h45 - Dora Fonseca: Fieldwork: on the researcher’s place
11h45-12h45 - Sandra Carvalho: From a concept to creation
14h30 - 17h30 - Graça Capinha: Academic writing: on language
> CES | Alta, Sala 2

15 March | 10h-17h | Academic English: Text organization
Moderator – Olga Solovova 
10h-17h - Kate Torkington: *Academic English/Academic Portuguese. Translate/ rephrase/ revise.*
> CES | Alta, Sala 2

*Sessions in English.

Registration: 12 JANUARY - 2 FEBRUARY 2018

We request a 15 minute early arrival so that personal computers may be connected and/or any WIFI problems may be solved prior to the sessions beginning.

Sessions will start on schedule, promptly!

[Registration module by module]

Further information & Registration
3rd Module
Survive the Stampede: production and dissemination under pressure Expression Techniques; Instruments; Scientific Publishing...

APRIL - MAY 2018

4 April (CES | Alta, Room 2)
 10h45-13h00 | Publish and Flourish: A Guide to Your Academic Publishing SuccessLucy Melville (Peter Lang publishing house director) 
15h00-16h30 | Predatory editors: prestige? power? trust? - Paula Sequeiros (CES researcher)

11 April (CES | Alta, Room 2)
10h00-12h30 | Open Access to publications and data: technologies and services for open science and requirements of research fundersPedro Príncipe (Documentation services, University of Minho)
14h00-15h00 | CES publications: Oficinas do CES, e-cadernos - Maria José Canelo and Fernando Fontes (CES researchers)

17 April (Sala Doutor Luís de Albuquerque, Biblioteca Geral-UC)
10h00-12h | Open Access and Estudo Geral - Ana Eva Migueis (SIBUC coordinator, UC)
12h15-13h | Visit to Biblioteca Geral – Maria Luísa Machado (Library user support, BGUC)

15 May (CES | Alta, room 1)
10h-16h30 | Creative writing workshop - Graça Capinha (CES researcher)

23 May (CES | Alta, room 2)
10h30-12h00 | Communicating social sciences: techniques for different audiences -  Cláudia Pato Carvalho (CES researcher)
14h30-17h30 | Mental health in academia - Marco Pereira (FPCE-UC)

The room will be open 15 minutes prior to the start of the session for verifying WiFi connection or other technical issues.

Sessions will start on the hour.

Further information & Registration
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