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European Society of Criminology Postgraduate and Early Stage Researchers Working Group (EPER): We’ve got your back in Münster too!
Last year’s ‘Publish or Perish’ panel at Eurocrim in Porto proved to be another success for EPER, in terms of both attendance and of offering interactive, insightful presentations which resonate with the prevalent needs of young researchers. The presenters, Prof. John Winterdyk (Mount Royal University) and Prof. Paul Knepper (The University of Sheffield) successfully tackled many challenging questions on the topic of academic publishing and shared their experience on how to overcome practical conundrums which might befall researchers in the pursuit of publishing their results. Based on the feedback, the panel particularly appealed to those who were struggling with their first academic publication.
Encouraged to further explore topics of similar relevance for young researchers, the EPER chairs, Sabine Carl and Filip Vojta, have decided to team up again with Prof. Winterdyk and Prof. Knepper as speakers and organise a pre-arranged panel on academic reviewing and writing for this year’s Eurocrim conference in Münster. One of the main incentives for the choice of the theme was the recognition that, as with most professions, the skill sets required to be successful in a discipline are not by default part of one’s training. In particular, Prof. Winterdyk has stressed that, although in academia students are required to write papers, reports, a thesis, or a dissertation, few graduate programs actually offer courses on how to write a ‘good’ academic article or how to prepare an informed book review, let alone provide a critical review of an article being considered for publication. Yet, he reasons, these skills are considered essential to the success of an academic and steps can and should be followed in order to become (more) successful.
The EPER panel ‘“I’ve got your back, Jack!” – Reviewing and writing for academic journals’ will delineate these steps and in an interactive and practical way educate the audience on how to efficiently and – from the aspect of academic ethics – correctly provide a quality review for academic journals. By participating, the attendees will first and foremost develop the skill set necessary to offer their service as peer and/or book reviewers. In addition, through a subsequent[?] hands-on exercise they will learn how to refine and hone their skills in order to become stronger academic writers.
The panel was arranged under the EPER umbrella for the first time in May 2016, while Prof. Winterdyk was a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany. It was well attended by both doctoral students and senior researchers in criminal law and criminology, whose overwhelmingly positive feedback testified to the quality of the panel as well as the relevance of the topic. The EPER chairs would therefore like to cordially invite all interested participants of the ESC Eurocrim in Münster to join the discussion and gain unique insights into secrets of the craft.
After the panel, EPER will hold a meeting in order to elect new board members. All EPER members are welcome as candidates for the positions. In addition, an informal EPER night of drinks and discussion is being planned.
In addition to the existing EPER website platform (http://www.cjp.org.uk/esc/), the current Facebook domain “ESC Early Stage Researchers Working Group (EPER)” (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1613269015585954/) is the primary source of news and updates regarding the activities of the Group. New members are very welcome to join the Group and should contact the EPER chairs, Sabine Carl (sabine.carl [at] gmail.com) or Filip Vojta (filip.vojta [at] gmail.com).
Filip Vojta is a PhD candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany, and a research member of the Max Planck Partner Group for ‘Balkan Criminology’.
Sabine Carl is Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany