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***THIS COURSE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED*** This interactive online course is suitable for Medical Sciences postgraduate research students (year 2 onwards) and Medical Sciences early career researchers.

You are expected to attend 2 sessions on the following days:

21 October @ 14:30 – 15:30

4 November @ 14:30 – 16:30

Please make sure you read all of the sections below relating to how the course will work, the pre-work and the survey and attendance certificate.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

To forge a career in medical research, you need to publish research papers in peer-reviewed journals. This online course will help you write journal papers and get them published in the most effective way. You will get insider insights from expert trainers who know scientific journals from many angles. The course briefly covers writing style, structuring a paper and an abstract, and then goes into depth about how to choose a journal and get through peer review, including new types of peer review that could make publication easier. You will also have a chance to draft your own abstract and get individual feedback on it from an expert.

You will need to have notes on the key points from your study so that you can draft an abstract between the two interactive sessions. 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 before submitting it for feedback.

Note that the academic writing part of this course does not teach English grammar but instead focuses on common errors made by authors of medical journal articles and on getting the correct level of formality and precision in your research papers. If you need help improving your general academic writing skills, contact the University Language Centre.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course, you will:

•         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

PARTICIPANT NUMBERS

Maximum 30 

COURSE FORMAT

This course consists of two interactive online sessions on 21 October and 4 November and independent work (around 6 hours over two weeks in your own time) between the two sessions. Two interactive Zoom sessions (the first of about an hour and the second of about 2 hours) with independent work between them (provided on Canvas).

HOW IT WILL WORK

For the interactive sessions, you will be sent the link in the automated communication along with joining instructions. To join the session, you can click on the link 15 minutes before the session. Once the tutor has started the first session they will tell you what to do. Independent work will be sent to you via Canvas after the first session (see details below).

THIS COURSE CONTAINS WORK IN CANVAS BETWEEN THE TWO SESSIONS

After you have attended the first live interactive session you will be sent an enrolment invitation email from Canvas. You need to accept the invitation then access and work through the content in advance of the second live interactive session. This is a compulsory part of the course and if you have not completed the work, you may be not be able to participate in the second live session. Please note that Canvas is a separate platform from the booking system. You may need to check your junk folder if you haven't received the enrolment invitation email from Canvas.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

A good internet connection, uninterrupted time, camera and microphone enabled on PC. you will need to have notes on the key points from your study so that you can draft an abstract between the two interactive sessions. 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 before submitting it for feedback.

ATTENDANCE CERTIFICATE ON SURVEY COMPLETION

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 NOTE

Where no cost is indicated in the shopping trolley, no deposit is required to book onto the course. However, more than two consecutive 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.

PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS HAVE SAID

“The course was excellent and very well-delivered. There was a real sense of professionalism – it would be difficult to improve on this course.”

“Useful to do the practical exercises and think critically about how to make my papers clearer for others”

“This has dramatically improved my understanding of the publishing process”