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***This course is fully booked*** MSD postgraduate research students and early-career researchers join UK EQUATOR Centre writing experts to learn a smooth, effective process for writing and publishing a journal article. The course uses a flipped-classroom approach with self-directed online work before a live session.


Are you a postgraduate student or early-career researcher preparing to write or co-write a journal article? This course aims to give you a smooth, effective process for planning, writing, and publishing a clear, complete journal article, embedding reproducibility practices.

We will use a flipped-classroom approach. When you sign up for the course, you will gain access to a Canvas space with prerecorded lectures and exercises to complete before the live session date. This online self-directed learning will take you approximately 6 hours to complete.

In the live session, we will consolidate your learning, answer questions, and put your learning into practice by revising text in small groups. 

The course covers topics such as:

  • Planning the message for an article
  • Authorship and acknowledgement
  • Choosing a target journal
  • Tips for writing each section of the article
  • Scientific language and style
  • Dealing with peer review
  • Managing writing as a team

This course is suitable for postgraduate research students and early-career researchers with limited experience of academic writing who are preparing to write or co-write a manuscript. The course is not suitable for those who are early in their research planning or conduct and not yet ready to write. It is also not suitable for those looking for help in writing their thesis or transfer report – we have separate courses focusing on these documents.

This course is provided by writing experts from the UK EQUATOR Centre.


At the end of the course, you will be able to

  • Plan and write a journal article that clearly and completely describes your research work, using reporting guidelines
  • Choose an appropriate target journal
  • Navigate authorship and acknowledgement rules





After you have booked onto the course, you will be sent a Canvas invitation. Please accept this invitation, then access and work through the pre-recorded videos and exercises before the live interactive session. Canvas is a separate platform to the booking system. You may need to check your junk folder if you haven't received the email with the self-enrolment link.

The videos and exercises will take approximately 6 hours to complete. This is a compulsory part of the course. If you have not completed the pre-work, you may be not be able to participate in the live session.

You will also be sent a link for the live, interactive session in the automated booking confirmation. The live session will be held in Zoom or Teams. Please click the link 15 minutes before the session starts. 



A good internet connection, uninterrupted time, and camera and microphone enabled on any device. Please try to book the full 3h live session meeting time in your diary.



It is now a requirement that you complete the three short questions in the survey you receive after attending the course. Once you have submitted the survey, you will be sent an email with a link to your attendance certificate. This is to ensure we receive the feedback we need to evaluate and improve our courses. Survey results are downloaded and stored anonymously.


Where no cost is indicated in the shopping trolley, no deposit is required. However, two or more non-attendances or late cancellations without good reason will be logged and may mean you cannot attend any further MSD training that term. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further information.