LSM - Writing and publishing a research paper in the life sciences and medicine

Anna Sharman, PhD (Cofactor, London, UK)

 Date: 25th October 2017 (09:00-16:00) and 26th October 2017 (09:00-12:00)

 Location: VUB-Jette campus Faculty Meeting Room.

Participants are expected to attend both days.

Max. number of participants: 20

 

Learning objectives:

To learn how to produce a clear, well written and well structured research paper; to gain insights into 

how to get a paper published in a journal; to make a start on an abstract for your own paper.

 

Why attend this workshop?

Publishing is an essential part of research, as it enables others to learn from your work, build on it, and give you credit for it. But many research papers fail to present the results and conclusions and their importance clearly and engagingly, and so they get fewer readers and citations. The title and abstract in particular need to entice readers to look at the full paper, but this can be difficult in a short space. This course will show you how to structure and write your research paper to give it the best chance with a journal. You will learn how to make your writing clearer and more concise and about conventions for research paper style. You will get a chance to work on the abstract for your own next paper, putting together key sentences that show why your work is interesting and what you have found. Make sure you have a potential research paper in mind (even if you don't have all the data for it yet). You will also learn from an experienced biomedical journal editor how best to choose a journal, work with editors and peer reviewers and get your paper published and publicised effectively.

 

Trainer biography:

Anna Sharman PhD is an experienced researcher trainer who has been a postdoc, an in-house biology journal editor and a scientific publishing consultant. She is founder of the London-based consultancy Cofactor, which provides editing, advice and training to scientists to help them communicate effectively. Her highly rated workshops give researchers insider insights into how to write and publish scientific journal papers most effectively. See http://cofactorscience.com

 

Instructions on preparation:

The workshop will include time to work on an abstract for your own research paper. Please EITHER write an abstract in advance and bring it with you, OR bring brief notes about the main results that your paper would present and the conclusions you intend to draw so that you can write an abstract during the workshop. Your results can be preliminary or even made up if you don't yet have all the data.

 

Outline of the workshop:

  1. Introduction 

A chance to consider why you might want to publish in peer reviewed journals. Presentation, 

discussion in pairs and the whole group. 

  1. Writing style 

Guidance on the writing style needed for research papers. Presentation, discussion, exercises rewriting, sample sentences. 

  1. The writing process 

Overview of the process of writing, including techniques for getting motivated, getting into the habit

  • of writing and getting feedback. Presentation, discussion, exercise writing without stopping for 10 minutes. 
  1. Title and abstract 

Guidance on writing titles and abstracts and avoiding common errors, and a chance to write your own

abstract and get feedback on it during the remainder of the workshop. Presentation, analysis exercise, writing exercise, one-to-one coaching.

  1. The structure of the paper 

The usual structure of research papers and common variations. Presentation, discussion, exercise 

analysing a paper. 

  1. The peer review process: before, during and after 

Presentation with questions on negotiating the peer review process, responding to decisions including

rejection, and what to do when your paper is accepted and published, particularly publicising it. 

  1. Choosing a journal 

The criteria to think about when choosing a journal, such as scope, audience, speed of review and 

publication, open access options, impact metrics, charges. Presentation, discussion and exercise 

investigating websites of journals you might submit to. 

REGISTRATION

Please register HERE for the training

Free of charge for PhD students

We kindly ask you to register only once and only when you can actually participate. In case you have already registered but are not able to participate, please be so kind as to notify us by sending an e-mail to doctoral [dot] schools [at] vub [dot] ac [dot] be so we can offer your place to one of your PhD colleagues on the waiting list.

Please be aware of the fact that the cancellation and no-show policy of VUB applies. Cancellation of your participation is only allowed up to 48 hours before the start of the course. Otherwise, the policy as described on the doctoral school website will be followed.

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