Academic Writing in Information Systems research

29.10.2019 (All day) to 30.10.2019 (All day)

Study points



Frost Club, Tellus Innovation Arena, University of Oulu, Main Campus Linnanmaa


Tuesday 29.10. 9-12, lectures: 

-How and where to get published

-Building blocks in academic writing 

-Writing abstract and introduction


Tuesday 29.10. 12-16, practices / individual and pair works:

-Paragraph writing

-Working on your own abstract/intro/article

-Individual coaching


Wednesday 30.10. 9-13, lectures:

-Writing process

-Linking words and academic vocabulary


Wednesday 30.10. 13-15 practices / individual and pair works:

-Working with your own article

-Individual coaching

Registration by email: Arto Lanamäki ( by 18 October 2019.



Academic writing is an important skill for everyone who aims to publish in academic journals, conferences or book chapters. This course provides guidance on how to write good academic articles that have a chance to make it into review and survive the process. The course covers the building blocks in academic writing from the macro to the micro level. That is, it provides knowledge how to structure sections, paragraphs, and sentences in an academic article. During the course, students will learn the most critical parts of each section of the paper where reviewers put their attention. This includes also ideas and strategies to increase consistency, coherence, and flow of the academic text. In addition, the course also provides ideas for dealing with and answering reviewer comments. Generally, the aim is tackle “easy mistakes” already during the writing process, give practical tips for the academic writing, and improve the quality of papers.

Required reading before the seminar:

Ojala, A., & Lehner, O. (2018). The Building Blocks of Academic Writing in the Field of Information Systems. Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, 30(2), 5-26. PDF:

Short Bio

Arto Ojala is working as a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. He is also Adjunct Professor in Software Business at the Tampere University. Ojala’s research is at the cross-section of information systems, entrepreneurship, and international business. He has published in  Information Systems Journal, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Journal of International Marketing, IEEE Software, IT Professional among others. Ojala is also working as co-editor for Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Jyväskylä.

Last updated: 20.9.2019