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WCF - Early Career Researcher Writeshop 2018

“Selling (critical) finance”: Getting your work published

To be held on 3rd – 4th of September 2018
at the University of Warwick


For Early Career Researchers, writing and publishing journal papers is an essential, yet often daunting, task. How to set up your original research and speak to existing debates? How to tailor your writing to specific journals? How do the peer review processes works? How to turn your PhD chapters into standalone pieces? Especially when it comes to journal submissions, these are real challenges. At the same time, pressures to publish have never been greater. For individual scholars, this can be a difficult, often frustrating reality.

This first WCF ‘Writeshop’ is an attempt to tackle these issues head-on by providing detailed feedback on manuscripts and additional peer support in their preparation for journal submission. After receiving great feedback for the open and collaborative format of last year’s WCF Workshop, the Warwick Critical Finance (WCF) group decided to take the concept further. Our idea is to organise a ‘Writeshop’: to work with manuscripts that are close to submission and—plainly speaking—“make them publishable” in what we hope will be an intellectually stimulating, productive, and supportive environment.

Experienced editors and editorial board members will provide individual advice and answer questions about journals’ interests, requirements and peer-review processes.

We will work in small review groups to provide feedback on the submitted pieces. Participants are expected to read and give detailed written feedback on two dedicated papers prior to the workshop, and to then discuss them with the authors during the workshop.


The WCF Workshop will include the following activities:

  • Pitching-to-peers: a five-minute presentation of the article in front of the group.
  • Author meets critics: feedback sessions where papers are discussed in groups of three.
  • A Q&A session on what everyone needs to know about publishing with our journal editors.
  • An open review where Lena Rethel discusses the publishing life cycle of one of her papers.
  • A key note by Christopher May on the political economy of publishing.

The detailed programme can be found here

Participating Editors and Editorial Board Members:
  • Christopher May (Lancaster University), Editorial board of Review of Policy Research
  • Lena Rethel (University of Warwick), Editorial board of Review of International Political Economy
  • Adrienne Roberts (University of Manchester), Editorial board of New Political Economy

Please find our Call for Papers here


Limited funding is available to support travel expenses for a number of unfunded participants. If you would like to apply for financial assistance, please include a short case for support (max. 200 words) when submitting your abstract.


Application deadline: 16 May 2018

Notification of acceptance: 31 May 2018

Registration deadline: 15 June 2018

Papers due: 17 August 2018

Written feedback/comments due: 31 August 2018

Workshop: 3-4 September 2018