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Want to go next level with your PhD?

Take action and focus on publishing, goal setting, and getting things done. Together.

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The PhD Community Week

What is it all about?

1. Publishing

Get one year access to my e-course on How to Publish and follow the course in your own time. Each day of the PhD Community Week, one lesson of How-to-Publish will be released.


2. Community week

Feel the team spirit and work with me on your PhD goals and publications during the online PhD Community week so that you will know what to do next and boost your motivation

The PhD Community Week would be something for you if …

  • You are working on, or finished with, the first draft of your manuscript and you want to learn how to publish it in an academic journal.

  • You want to set PhD goals and work on them, so that you will know what to do next.

  • You want to work together with other PhD peers, to feel less isolated and more motivated. 

I would love to join!
Do I have to have a manuscript ready?

No worries. You don’t have to have a manuscript ready yet.

On the contrary, I would advise you to join the PhD Community Week when you are for example working on your manuscript, as you can tweak it along the way to meet the requirements of the journal. Also, you will have a whole year to watch and apply all information from the e-course on How-to-Publish.

How long does it take?

Following the full e-course on how-to-publish, including the assignments, will probably take you around 15 hours. You do this via your own online course environment and can do this whenever you want.

The PhD Community Week starts on the 7th of March. To follow (or replay) all the content of the community week, you should add least at another 15 hours. You can also work on your PhD Goals and publications during some of these sessions.

I am doubting about the investment?

Ask yourself: What would it cost you if you don’t invest in this PhD Community Week?

Imagine yourself with higher energy levels, lower stress levels, knowing what next steps to take, and with a valuable community of PhD peers. How much time will you save by joining this week?

If the investment is the REAL deal breaker, then I invite you to write me an e-mail to explain your situation.

Can I ask individual questions?

Yes! We will have time to dive into your specific questions and needs during the two Question & Answer sessions. You can hand in your questions via our Discord community channel before the start of these sessions and I will make sure to cover them so that you can continue!

I do have other obligations during this week

No problem at all! You will get a replay of all content, so that you can rewatch everything that suits your needs.

Furthermore, you can access the e-course of How to Publish for a full year after the start of the PhD Community Week.

I am tired of working online…

I understand. Everything is better in real life as compared to online. But, the truth is that we are in this situation and we have to make most of it. You will get guidance from me (an experienced researcher with PhD). I love what I do, I do have time for you, and I genuinely care about you and your process. I promise you will feel more motivated than before.

How long can I access the content?

You can access all content for up to one year after your enrollment. This means that you don’t have to follow all lessons of How-to-Publish immediately. Also, we will record all sessions and workshops, so that you can also replay them in your own time.

My question is not answered here?

You can contact me on and I will be happy more than happy to answer your question!

About me

“I didn’t know where to start with the publication of my first journal paper”

Hi there!

I am Tonke, a scientist myself. I hold a PhD in medical engineering from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Now, I live partly in the Netherlands and in Southern Spain, where I do have a new renovation project going on.

After obtaining my PhD degree, I started my own business “Doctor Tonke”. I help PhD students become independent and confident researchers by offering academic support. Moreover, I work as a Postdoc for a Dutch hospital and do freelance research work.

I know exactly what struggles you are dealing with because I have been there myself. That’s why I can help you! I remember when I submitted my first paper, I had no clue about what I was doing. I had no insight into the publication process. I would love to make that easier for you.

About the e-course


Short Summary


  • One year access to the online teaching environment with the content of the e-course on How to Publish
  • Multiple examples and templates of cover letters and rebuttals
  • Five lessons to be followed in your own time
    1. Journal Selection
    2. Paper submission
    3. Reaction of the journal
    4. Paper revisions
    5. Accepted now what?
  • Training by a published author with a PhD

Lesson 1

Journal selection

1.1 Selecting right from wrong
1.2 The quality and impact of the journal
1.3 What are your needs?
1.4 Assignment

Lesson 2

Paper submission

2.1 First selection or first writing?
2.2 Manuscript types
2.3 The author guidelines
2.4 Cover letters
2.5 Recommend peer reviewers
2.6 Submission system
2.7 Assignment

Lesson 3

Journal reaction

3.1 Manuscript status
3.2 Revision types
3.3 Normalizing rejection
3.4 Take a breath first

Lesson 4

Paper revisions

4.1 Writing a rebuttal
4.2 Resubmit your revision
4.3 Under pressure…
4.4 What happens after resubmission?

Lesson 5

Accepted, now what?

5.1 Accepted: preparing the proofs
5.2 In press/published
5.3 How to make sure people read your work?
5.4 Assignment

Five online lessons

Each day you will get access to a lesson on how to publish. In total there are five lessons with multiple videos, assignments, and examples. Make sure to block your agenda to follow them in your own time!

One year access

You will get access to the full course content for one year

You will get an official certificate

Upon finishing the course, you will get an official certificate of attendance by the online PhD-Academy from Doctor Tonke, which you can for example use for your Graduate School.

I want to join too!

Publishing is more than writing a paper…

You want to publish your first academic paper. Maybe you have even finished, or you are working on the first draft of your manuscript. Great! But, what’s next? Where do you start and make sure that your paper gets published?

The academic publication process can be a real challenge at first. Would you like to save time and frustration and make sure you know what steps to take to get your paper published?

After following this online course on How to Publish, you know exactly what practical steps to take to get your paper published.

After following the e-course …

You will have a bunch of examples and templates

This course provides you with six examples of cover letters and rebuttals from paper submissions of researchers with different academic fields. You can use these examples and the templates for your own submission.

You have prepared important documents needed for your submission

Through the assignment, you will have prepared your personal journal selection file, a cover letter to the editor, and a social media post. This will save you time when you are going to submit your paper to a journal.

You will know what steps to take to get your paper published.

You don’t have to ask your supervisors or colleagues how the publication process works. This will add to your confidence as a researcher and makes you independent. Last but not least, it will bring you one step closer to becoming a Doctor!


What other PhD students say about working with me and about the e-course

– About former Digital PhD Groups –

“For several weeks, Tonke provided us with excellent guidance, support, and encouragement through a weekly scheduled digital PhD group. Each session was organized and provided a safe space for each member to discuss how they were feeling, what their progress was on last week’s goals, and what they would like to accomplish for the week. The moderator planned for specific topics, providing resources to facilitate each discussion.

Tonke was an excellent facilitator and leader of this group, ensuring that each member could share their thoughts, and did a wonderful job of motivating us to remain positive, productive, and to keep improving our work-life balance. I mostly enjoyed being held accountable by peers and being able to talk about issues we face as PhD students, especially during a difficult time like a pandemic.

The most valuable takeaway was the fresh perspective I gained on writing, planning, motivation, and self-care from PhD students abroad! My favorite session was the planning topic – we were able to share our screens and share different methods for short and long-term planning, some of which I am incorporating into my own time management practice!”

Lietsel Richardson
Mechanical Engineering PhD Student
University of Central Florida

– About my e-course How to Publish –

“I have just completed the course “How to Publish” and I personally loved the course very much. The course was well structured and the chapter divisions helped to identify the key steps in the publication process.

The fact that she used real life examples, some even from her own experiences, really helped me know what to expect in each step and visualise the processes. The examples and templates she provided for the cover letters, rebuttals and social media posts would definitely serve as valuable references, especially for the first-time-publishers. The lesson videos were all short and concise, which helped me stay motivated throughout the course.

I would personally recommend this course to every researcher who wishes to publish their first paper as this course summarises each and every aspect of the publication process in a very concise and practical manner.”

Asvin Sajeev Kumar
PhD Candidate
Large Scale Energy Storage
3mE – Process & Energy Department
Delft University of Technology

– About my Masterclass –

“What I wish I had known as a PhD Researcher”

The investment

The current offer


+ All content of the e-course How to Publish (297 Euros)
+ Access to the PhD Community Week | March 2022 (99 Euros)



Register before the 15th of Jan 2022

Yes, Count me in!



Register before 1st of Febr 2022

The short summary

“Because we can do it together”


E-course | How to Publish

  • Access to all content of the e-course How to Publish (value: 297 Euros)
  • Access to the Discord Community group
  • Guidance by an experienced researcher with a PhD during the whole week
  • Two workshops on goal-setting and preparing your journal figures
  • Two “working-apart-together” sessions
  • Two Q&A sessions where you can ask everything about publication and PhD goals
  • BONUS 1: Replay of the Masterclass – What I wish I had known
  • BONUS 2: Two group activities
* Money-back guarantee

Not satisfied with the PhD Community Week and/or the e-course on How to Publish? You can contact me before the third day of the PhD Community Week at and I make sure that you will get your investment back.

* Cancellation policy

Doctor Tonke has all rights to cancel the PhD Community Week. In such a case, you will be notified and your full investment will be reimbursed.