Qualitative Paper Development Retreat for Advanced Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Researchers (Registration Closed)

Date(s) - 17/03/2021 9:00 am - 2:30 pm


Open to later-stage doctoral students and early to mid-career academic researchers.

In collaboration with the Society of the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) and NARTI, the retreat will run over two afternoon’s and will include formal input and roundtable discussions for a small group of authors who will be helped with preparing academic papers that are nearly ready for submission. The course is designed to allow authors to critically review their papers, talk about what they have and have not done in writing their paper, and receive valuable peer advice to advice on the paper’s publication. From the papers submitted, feedback will focus on:

  • clarity of argument and narrative power (irrespective of theoretical framework or methodology)
  • the sense of contribution and timeliness
  • further debate and implications of the paper for the subject under study

In addition, part of the course will also cover the process of submission, allowing authors to discuss:

  • submitting a manuscript: keep the basics in mind
  • working with co-authors
  • working with reviews
  • writing response letters to reviewers and editors
  • dealing with disappointment of rejection and reframing a piece for new submission

By the end of the course, authors will be prepared to submit a final draft to the academic journal they envisage being most appropriate for their work. Throughout the retreat, the three editors will be on hand to work with authors, suggest techniques and tactics, uncover pitfalls and generally offer a supportive scholarly environment. Their role is not to assert but facilitate, based on their experience of handling many such papers through the process of peer review. The course will demand active involvement from authors in one another’s work. All those attending will be expected to:

  • Have a full draft of a paper, empirical and/or theoretical ready to submit prior to the course taking place
  • Have read each author’s papers
  • Be prepared to comment and advise constructively on one another’s work

This retreat will be facilitated by Professors Joep Cornelissen, Penny Dick and Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki.


  1. An extended abstract of 750 words (maximum excluding references) which sufficiently specifies the nature of the study, the literature streams on which it builds, theoretical development and anticipated theoretical contribution. In your email, please include details of your current year of study.
  2. full paper (further details will be provided if you are invited to submit a full paper)


Tuesday 9th February 2021 – extended abstract and registration deadline to be submitted to Jo Garrick (narti@lubs.leeds.ac.uk)

Wednesday 3rd March 2021 – full paper deadline (for accepted participants – further instructions will be provided)