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To forge a career in medical research you need to publish research papers in peer-reviewed journals. This not only ensures that you get credit for your research, but also enables others to learn from your work, build on it and use it to make the world a better place.

But writing and publishing a paper isn’t easy, and the journal publishing system can be difficult to navigate.

This course will help you write medical journal papers and get them published in the most effective way. You will get insider insights from an expert trainer who knows journals from many angles. It will be most useful if you have already made a start at writing papers, and will be helpful even if you have published lots already. It will be most useful if you have already got some results and are thinking about writing them up, so it is less suitable for those in the first year of their PhD.

The course will answer questions such as:

How can I get myself motivated to write and get the paper finished?
How should I organize my paper?
What writing style should I use?
How can I find the journal that’s just right and that will accept my paper?
How can I ensure my paper makes as much impact as possible?
How can I get my paper published more quickly?
How do I deal with peer reviewers' comments and rejection letters?

Previous participants have said

“Nice to have a professional with an in-depth industry knowledge offer training and advice.”
“The course was excellent and very well-delivered. There was a real sense of professionalism — it would be difficult to improve on this course.”
“Very informative, full of practices and take home study materials for future references, and in clear English”

Joining instructions

“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. There will be time during the day for individual feedback from the trainer on some but not all abstracts. A laptop or tablet will be useful for the writing exercises (although these can also be done on paper) and for viewing the electronic handouts."

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 and medics to help them communicate effectively. Her highly rated workshops give researchers insider insights into how to write and publish scientific and medical journal papers most effectively.

Course length

7hs (9.30 - 4.30 including lunch)

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Terms and Conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions for course booking and attendance.


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Forthcoming events

Managing your supervisor

Monday, 18 February 2019, 10am to 1pm

Introduction to statistics (Group A)

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 to Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 9.30am - 12.30pm

Introduction to statistics (Group B)

Thursday, 21 February 2019 to Thursday, 14 March 2019, 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Viva preparation

Monday, 04 March 2019, 2pm to 5pm

Writing a thesis

Tuesday, 05 March 2019, 2pm to 5pm