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***This course is fully booked*** This online interactive course for MSD postgraduate research students and early career researchers provides insights on how to choose a journal and get your paper through peer review. This course consists of pre-work in Canvas before a live online session.


Canvas course completion deadline (to ensure you can attend the Zoom session): Thursday 3 June 09:00

Zoom session: Thursday 10 June, 10:00-11:30

To forge a career in medical science, you need to publish research papers in peer-reviewed journals. But the journal publishing system can be difficult to navigate. This online course will give you insider insights from a former journal editor who knows journals from many angles. You will learn how to choose a journal and get your paper through peer review. You will find out about innovations in peer review and publishing that could improve your publishing success, and you will get to see journals from the editor and peer reviewers’ point of view.



On this course you will learn how to:

  • Discover how to find the right journal for your paper
  • Learn how to deal with peer reviewers' comments and rejection letters
  • Find out how to get your paper published quickly
  • Find out how to ensure your paper makes as much impact as possible.




This course consists of materials and exercises to work through (on Canvas) plus a Zoom session with Cofactor trainers to help you digest the material and ask questions about it. There will be a quiz on Canvas that you will need to pass before you can book for the Zoom session (you can retake it multiple times). To participate in the live session, you will need to pass the quiz in Canvas by a week before the scheduled Zoom session (no later than 3 June). You can take the Canvas course without the Zoom session if you wish, but not vice versa.


No preliminary work is needed before you start the course on Canvas. The course requires 5-6 hours of independent study to complete (not including the Zoom session), though you can take longer if you want to.

To attend the Zoom session, you must have completed the course on Canvas, as assessed by the quiz. The Zoom session will not be useful if you have not watched the videos, looked through the handouts and attempted the exercises on Canvas. We also ask you to submit a question before the Zoom session that you would like answered in the session. You will also need a good internet connection and some uninterrupted time.


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.

Please be aware that Cofactor also send out their own feedback survey in addition to the one from MSD Skills training.


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.


Cofactor on behalf of MSD Skills training.


This course was developed by Cofactor founder Anna Sharman, an experienced researcher trainer who has been a postdoc, an in-house biology journal editor and a publishing consultant. The interactive session will be facilitated by two of Cofactor’s experienced associate trainers. Cofactor is an inclusive and environmentally friendly company. See