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ONLINE & PARTICIPATIVE: Jumpstart converting your thesis into a journal article (Natural and Physical Sciences, incl. Health and Eng) Part One


About this workshop

Sometime in our academic journey, all of us are faced with the task of preparing, conceptualizing and writing an academic paper.  This is no small feat and often leads to untold anxiety.  It involves planning, reflecting and a slightly “different” style of writing to that of a dissertation/thesis or proposal.


In these 2-part interactive workshops, we will journey together through the maze of choosing a journal, deciphering Instructions for Authors, and collating and preparing a journal article.  We will spend time on the basic writing structure as well as the required referencing and journal formats. We will discuss what “peer reviews”, “impact factors” and “grey journals” mean.


What previous attendees have said about this workshop:

  • Through the session I have been made aware of subtle aspects that I must be aware of during my writing.”
  • “I learned a lot about how to start and where to start writing for publication.”
  • “I learnt how to order my publication and write my methods.”


About the presenter

More than 12 years’ experience as a quantitative scientific researcher; supervised and graduated more than 30 postgraduate students; published more than 40 publications; internal and external reviewer of theses; invited presenter at national and international conferences



Online via MS Teams*

*While this workshop is currently scheduled to take place on-line, we may change it to a face-to-face workshop as campus restrictions ease, venues become available, and further consideration is given to the pros and cons of online offerings.


What level of study is the workshop aimed at?

Postgraduate Diploma








Postdoctoral Fellow


Junior Research Fellow



Which faculty/faculties is the workshop aimed at?



Commerce (including GSB)








Health Sciences


* While the workshop is aimed at certain levels of study and faculties, anyone is welcome to join, as long as any stipulated requirements are met, such as participation and/or preparation.



Preparation for the workshop

It will be useful to have a copy of your thesis/thesis proposal at hand during this workshop and/or any other papers that you may have authored.

Level of participation at the workshop

This workshop expects participants to be fully verbally and practically engaged and participatory.  Group and interactive plenary discussions will be embedded throughout the workshop.

MS Teams

  • It is recommended that you install the MS Teams software onto the device that you will be using to join the workshop, so that you have full functionality of the software features.
  • If you require any technical assistance with this task or require guidance in using the software, please contact the ICTS helpdesk at icts-helpdesk@uct.ac.za or on +27 21 650 4500.
  • When registering for this workshop, you will be prompted to input your UCT credentials, including UCT e-mail address, for security reasons.  A confirmation e-mail will then be sent to the UCT e-mail address with which you registered and will contain the MS Teams link to join the workshop on the day.
  • To join the online workshop on the day, log into MS Teams via the profile linked to the e-mail address with which you registered and not a personal or company profile, to avoid access issues.


Thursday, September 15, 2022
10:00am - 1:00pm
Prof. Lester Davids
OPGS workshops

Registration is required. There are 97 seats available.

Event Organizer

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Fazeela Felton



Room 2.04  Level 2 Otto Beit Building

University Avenue, Upper Campus

University of Cape Town

Rondebosch 7700


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