Writing to Publish Workshop

Writing to Publish Workshop


First Published:

04 Apr 2023, 9:45 am

Writing to Publish Workshop

  • Date: 9-14 June 2023
  • Location: International Centre, Dona Paula, Goa
  • Deadline: Apply by 5pm (IST), 10 April 2023
  • Application form: https://tinyurl.com/Applyhere2023


Do you have an advanced manuscript in hand? Are you in an advanced stage of your Masters, MPhil or PhD dissertations? Have you recently completed a research-based degree and begun on a career? Are you looking for mentors who can help you craft your argument better, choose the target publication strategically, show you how to deal with referee comments and generally demystify the process of writing to publish? Then this workshop may be for you.


About the Workshop

The five-day workshop will host 20 scholars with written manuscripts. The workshop is being jointly organised by the editors of the Urban Studies Journal and the Review of Urban Affairs, Economic and Political Weekly. Travel, accommodation, and food for these days will be covered for selected applicants. The goal is to address:

  • inadequate engagement with wider literatures on their topics
  • failure to articulate how manuscripts contribute to the field of Urban Studies
  • issues of style, structure, and presentation.

A team of mentors who have years of experience in dealing with manuscript submissions in Indian and international urban studies journals will lead the workshop.


The workshop will include:

  • Intensive sessions comprising peer review
  • Real-time revision / restructuring
  • Guidance from scholars who have published in EPW / USJ
  • Small-group working sessions;
  • Input sessions in which scholars who have successfully published in USJ and RUA will share their writing strategies and offer guidance;
  • Sessions that identify and discuss criteria and conditions for being accepted in USJ and RUA; and sessions that analyse published papers from USJ and RUA to identify their structure, arguments, framing and style.


Who can apply?

  • Students in advanced Masters’ or Ph.D. programmes may apply
  • Junior faculty or practitioners are also welcome to apply
  • The applicant should have a written and complete draft manuscript.
  • Please note that the manuscript should be scholarly / academic in nature and written with the intent of submitting it to a reputed domestic / international urban journal


How to apply

Aspiring applicants should fill the Google form provided latest by 10 April 2023, 5pm (IST). The form will request details on your identity, current designation, location, a brief abstract or description of your manuscript, and the status of your writing. Once your application is submitted, you will hear back from us in 15 days, irrespective of whether you are selected or not. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to send in their draft manuscripts to be briefly reviewed as a condition for being accepted to participate in the workshop.


Frequently Asked Questions

Question: I am currently pursuing an undergraduate degree. Can I apply?

Answer: No. The workshop intends to support scholars pursuing advanced educational degrees with a good grip on independent research and writing for publication.


Question: I am not an Indian national / I am an Indian national living abroad. Can I apply?

Answer: Only Indian nationals living in India can apply.


Question: I have a partially written manuscript. Can I apply?

Answer: We recommend that you apply only if you have a fully drafted manuscript. This is because the workshop is geared toward pushing advanced manuscripts to reach publishable quality in international journals.


Question: Will I be paid a stipend?

Answer: No. The workshop seeks to provide comprehensive guidance on handling the barriers to publishing in a dynamic environment. Accommodation, food, and travel for all five days will be covered in addition to the guidance provided during the sessions.


For any more questions, please write to: [email protected]