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Organising Your Research for Publication

Course aim:
To provide participants with information about resources that will help them to prepare high quality manuscripts with increased likelihood of acceptance in health research journals. (High impact journals such as the BMJ, Lancet and JAMA are increasingly requesting adherence to relevant reporting guidelines).
To increase participant awareness of the crucial importance of organising health research to ensure quality in both its conduct and reporting.

Course format:
An introductory level workshop, aimed at DPhil students Post Docs and research staff undertaking research within departments carrying out laboratory-based or human health/clinical research who are seeking guidance about organising their research for publication.

Course content:
The workshop places research publication within a wider context of issues regarding research conduct, publication ethics and evidence based health-care and will complement other sessions such as research ethics.

The workshop will cover the following key issues:
- The role/functions of the research publication. A publication is often the only tangible record the research was done; it needs to describe the study clearly, accurately and fully so it can be used for further research and evidence-based patient care.
- Poor reporting and its consequences. It has become increasingly clear that there are many ways in which health research is poorly reported. These may result in unethical, wasteful and possibly even harmful clinical consequences. These issues will be discussed.
- How to achieve high quality of your manuscripts. Participants will be introduced to the ideas of publication ethics and reporting guidelines (RG). They will be given information about where to find helpful resources for their own use such as the EQUATOR Network's free online resource library. The workshop will introduce the more commonly used reporting guidelines such as CONSORT, PRISMA and STROBE.
- Funders' have called for standardization of shared datasets to facilitate their interpretation. In response there have been a 'wealth' of community-developed reporting requirements in biology. Participants will be introduced to (i) the BioSharing ( initiative aiming to catalogue reporting requirements, terminologies and exchange formats, and (ii) ISAcommons ( an example of a community network working to empower more scientists to take data management and sharing into their own hands, using a community standard.

The EQUATOR Network is an 'umbrella' organisation that brings together researchers, medical journal editors, peer reviewers, developers of reporting guidelines, research funding bodies and other collaborators with a mutual interest in improving the quality of health research publications and of research itself. The EQUATOR website provides guidance facilitating publication of research studies which includes a comprehensive collection of reporting guidelines

Course length
2.5 hours

Participant numbers

Recommended For:

  • Research Staff
  • Second Year DPhil
  • Third Year DPhil

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