Portfolio:an e-journal for postgraduate research in visual arts & culture

2 December 2009


Publishing Skills Training for PGRs


Portfolio: an e-journal for postgraduate research in visual arts and culture

11- 12 February 2010

School of Arts and Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Northumbria University, as part of the AHRC Beyond Text programme, is offering training to support PGR professional development relating to academic journals. Future professions for PhD students very often lie within academia and publishing, both of which require specific skills. An understanding of the processes of publishing and peer review is essential. This training will allow PGRs an opportunity to learn about the process, to develop professional standards, and to prepare for subsequent engagements within the publishing field and the practice of peer review.

The programme comprises an initial start-up training session including topics such as:

  • journal management
  • peer review best practices
  • marketing
  • copyright issues

This session also includes the introduction and development of Portfolio: an e-journal forpostgraduate research invisual arts and culture.  Postgraduates involved in Portfolio in this start–up phase will be creating exciting opportunities to develop new publishing skills, whilst simultaneously expanding the field into newer areas of research for the analysis of visual culture today through a multi-media format. Anyone interested in participating as an editor or peer-reviewer is required to attend.  Additional technical web training will be provided for those involved with Portfolio with the intention that they will then train another member of their e-journal team.

Fees:     £5   waived for Portfolio participants

Travel fees covered for up to 8 Portfolio participants on a first come first serve basis.

                                    Reserve your place by 1 February 2010 as space is limited

                                           Please contact:

 This event is open to all UK PGRS interested in learning publishing skills.








Arts & Humanities Research Council: Each year the AHRC provides approximately £100 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,000 postgraduate awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. Arts and humanities researchers constitute nearly a quarter of all research-active staff in the higher education sector. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. See Arts & Humanities Research Council website.