Mastering Journal Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Mastering Journal Writing (formerly known as Graduate Researchers in Print – or GRiP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary program. This module not only encourages but also actively mobilises Graduate Research candidates to write and publish in their field of study.

The proof of the program’s success is in its outcomes, as demonstrated by past participants’ publications in international peer-reviewed journals

Participants regularly report that this program provides them with:

  • A sense of being supported instead of pressured to publish
  • Confidence that they knew how to get published
  • A sense of community with other postgraduates, and
  • Increased awareness about what makes good writing.


Develops advanced skills in communicating research in the humanities and social sciences by mentoring students in a multi-disciplinary, peer-review setting through the process of designing and writing a refereed journal article. It consists of ten structured workshops run over the course of a year.

Total Hours Credit

10 hours


Approximately four-weekly from Friday 6 March for Group 1 and Friday 13 March for Group 2 (with breaks and variations). See GRAMS for individual dates.

Start and end times



The groups are facilitated by Dr Kate Cregan, who completed her PhD at Monash in 1999. She is the author of four books; numerous journal articles and book chapters; government reports; and non-academic publications; and been the recipient of several ARC grants. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry (Springer) 2008-2011 and is a reviewer for numerous journals, several scholarly publishers and for both the ESRC and the SSHRC. She has taught across literary studies, cultural studies, journalism, ethics and sociology; actively mentored ECR colleagues; and she has extensive experience mentoring both post-graduate students and colleagues in writing national competitive grant applications. She has coordinated the teaching of ethics within the Monash medical degree; was the Australian essayist for the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 2011-2014; has constructed an introductory module on Ethics and Research Integrity; and has coordinated the production of an online training module for members of Australian Human Research Ethics Committees. In 2015 she became a member of MUHREC.




Clayton Campus


W324, Menzies Building, 20 Chancellors Walk

Maximum attendance

12 per group, over two groups (24 maximum)

Session hours

2 hours, 10-12 Friday, 10 meetings across the year, one approximately each four weeks

Register by Date

Nominations close on the Friday of the second week of February


To be eligible, candidates must have completed confirmation of candidature by the first meeting in March. Regular attendance is expected to gain the 10 hours credit.

The outcomes

  • The vast majority of participants draft an article for publication in a refereed journal
  • A significant number have articles accepted for publication in journals, edited book collections and edited conference proceedings or collections during (or shortly after completing) the module.

In addition, students report that participation:

  • expedites the process of completing the thesis
  • provides a sense of solidarity and community with other postgraduates, and
  • gives them confidence and increased awareness about what makes a good article and good writing.

Comments from past participants

  • “Without structured workshops such as GRiP, I would not have had the confidence or ability to submit “publishable” work”.
  • “Before coming to GRiP I really knew nothing about the publishing process and it was all very daunting. However following my participation in GRiP, I feel much more confident to submit for publication.”
  • “It was a great opportunity to share and discuss ideas. I would recommend GRiP to every postgraduate student.”
  • “I found the workshops to be helpful in assisting me to improve my writing in general and in particular for publication.”
  • “I have thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and found it probably the single most useful institution on my way into academia. It is a fantastic idea and very, very useful program that should be highly recommended to all students undertaking their degree with the aim of publishing and/or remaining in academia.”
  • “Excellent, encouraging & focused towards publication.”
  • “Openness to group suggestions was good – felt like there was lots of room for it to be tailored.”
  • “I really enjoyed the program and have gotten a huge amount out of it.”
  • “I received good feedback which enabled me to restructure my work as required. Feedback from other participants also enabled me to consider angles that I previously hadn’t thought of.”