Peers and Beers  - interdisciplinary PhD regulars' table

peersThe interfaculty PhD regulars' table is an open meeting (2 x per semester) for all PhDs and doctoral students from all institutes, research centres and groups involved in RSA EPoS Economics, Politics & Society. In a relaxed atmosphere, this meeting is intended to promote the exchange of ideas on the status of one's own PhD project as well as on the ups and downs of a researcher's life. Employees of the university as well as guest, all PhD's are welcome.
The basic idea is to use the synergy effects of the interfaculty orientation of the research area by exchanging ideas across disciplinary borders. By pointing out overlaps and connections, a broader basis for discussion is created.


Each event is structured as follows:

The format is intended to facilitate an exchange about deadlines, funding and organizational beersstrategies in order to navigate the PhD life more easily. For this purpose, we would like to invite experts who will present and discussed different aspects of scientific research.     

For each meeting we would like to find guest and PhD's who have their own experience with the different topics and provide a better insight. In a small group, we want to discussed problems, clear up ambiguities and answer your questions.


Discussions can be continued over a drink at a pub nearby :)


A look back

PuB 20: Be the better Writer – 19 May 2022

Marc Abernathy
is a professional editor whose goal is to get your work published and funded.

This time we were able to invite Marc Abernathy as a speaker for our PuB. At the beginning of his talk, Abernathy explained what he calls the "Keywords as Argument and Article Roadmap" exercise.
It consists of three subitems:

  1. Make a list of all the article keywords you can think ofPuB20 with Marc Abernathy
  2. Write out your argument in one sentence using the keywords
  3. Check that the keywords are logically (progressively) in the
    right sections and integrate relevant portions of the argument
    into each section

Building on this exercise comes the first trick. In total, Marc has presented us with three helpful tricks.

Three steps to become a better writer:

  1. Use your keywords to craft your argument and integrate it into sections of your article
  2. Define terminology and keywords and use them consistently
  3. Look for outliers in your paragraphs

Participant voices

"Two words come to mind when reflecting on the workshop: informative and inspiring! Marc Abernathy shared with us a set of writing tricks that made me see scientific texts with completely new eyes."

"Marc showed us in a very understandable way three tricks that can help us for the creation but also evaluation of a consistent and convincing scientific work. I was already able to implement two of them today."

"He was really to the point and the tips are truly helpful for editing our own work. I usually struggle with overthinking it, and I don’t think he took that direction to his advice, but I think a more psychological approach to writing and editing could also be nice. Maybe in a next PuB (hopefully in person)!"

"I found the three tips interesting and valuable food for thought; the atmosphere was relaxed and pleasant from my point of view.
One of the three tips (consistency instead of variety in key terms) was very concrete; the other two (argument and outliers) were a bit too vague for me. For example, showing a corrected/improved version in addition to negative examples, would be helpful."


The 20th PuB was attended by around 20 PhD students from four different faculties. At the end of the presentation, participants had time to ask their questions. On behalf of the participants, we would like to warmly thank Marc for the valuable insights and for sharing his experience.

Here you can download the slides of the talk.


PuB 19: Revise and Resubmit - dealing with the review process –15 April 2021

Oana Albu Associate Professor of Corporate Communication and PR, Department of Management, Society and Communication

Martin Senn Associate Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, University of Innsbruck

We had the pleasure welcoming Oana Albu from the CBS to describe her experience with the review process looking at the journey of one of her papers. She shared a 5-year process with us filled with difficulties, waiting times and intense revision work.
Her take away to pass on to our PhDs was

  • If you get a revise & resubmit it is already a successhp_pub19
  • Take the feedback serious but not personal
  • Aim at a good journal – the process is always a lot of work, so it should pay off
  • Find your niece and stick to it

Martin Senn from the University of Innsbruck then added his take on the process first from the writers and then from the reviewers perspective. Both perspectives were highly appreciated by the attending PhDs.

 If you get a revise & resubmit

  • Wait a day before you get started
  • Look at the common ground in the reviews, as well as were they take a different approach
  • Organize all points in a list according to priorities
  • Answer and argue all points raised, either in the in the review or the reply letter
  • Make use of your supervisor and your peers
  • Do a journal analysis – make your contribution look like it belongs in this journal

 How to be a good reviewer

  • Don't accept the job if you don't have the expertise
  • Don't accept the job if you don't have the time
  • Don't accept the job if you are biased (know one of the authors)
  • Never google a manuscript
  • Work in time (as fast as possible)
  • Be polite – frame you criticism the right way
  • Be structured and comprehensive
  • If you just have positive feedback, take your time to elaborate

This interdisciplinary PhD regulars' table was a good mix of a showcase and overall information. Afterwards, Oana and Martin took the time to answer questions. On behalf of the participants, we would like to thank our guests for the insight into their experiences and the helpful tips.



With the transition from Organizations & Society to EPoS, PuB post-reports
will be published in English only. To see the previous reports click here.


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