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COURSE FULL Medical sciences postgraduate research students (year 2 onwards) and medical sciences early career researchers.


To forge a career in medical and biomedical 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.



•            Learn how to get motivated to write and get the paper finished

•            Learn how to organise your paper and what writing style to use

•            Discover how to find the right journal for your paper, and 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 online MSD Skills training course consists of pre-work (around 6 hours over two weeks in your own time) and an interactive online session of 3 hours (including a break). The pre-work should be done before the interactive session.

You will need to have notes on the key points from your study so that you can draft an abstract during the pre-work time. If you don't have all the results of your study yet, you can draft an abstract based on the ideal potential results or protocol alone. If you already have an abstract drafted, this will save time; you will have an opportunity to tweak it using what you have learned in the pre-work before submitting it for feedback.

You will need a good internet connection and uninterrupted time for both the pre-work and live sections of the course.


NOTE: bookings for this course close on Thursday 18 June, and you will not be able to book after this time. This is because the pre-work cannot be fitted into a few days.