Event overview

[Note: the workshop is primarily aimed at researchers with publishing experience (i.e. 5 to 10 articles) but who have yet to publish in one of the ‘top tier’ journals (and want to). However, it has been found that when less experienced researchers attend they follow the workshop with little difficulty and so would be welcomed .]

Vitae and Macmillan Science Communication (MSC) present this intensive workshop to train researchers in the life sciences to prepare and publish high quality research papers in international, peer-reviewed journals. Training is led by editors of Nature journals, who bring their expertise and editorial insight from working at the world’s best scientific publishing house. Over two days we will cover the writing and publishing process from start to finish, using short lectures punctuated by practical exercises and group discussions that focus on the publishing issues that researchers face today.

Training runs from 10am – 6pm on the first day and 9am to 5pm on the second day. There will be a networking dinner and accommodation for the evening of the 19th (optional).

Workshop content includes:

Elements of Writing Style How to create coherency and flow in your paper.

Titles and Abstracts Tips for writing a compelling title and engaging abstract.

Presenting and Discussing Results Advice on appropriate rhetoric to use in arguments and the best ways to present and discuss results.

The Purpose of Conclusions The pitfalls of summaries and repetitions.

Figures, Graphs and Tables These are the heart of the paper; we tell you how to produce effective visuals for your paper.

Choosing a Journal for Publication Considering audience, scope, formats and impact factors.

Writing a Review Article Best practices and tips for writing a review paper, from the editors at Nature Reviews.

Submitting your Paper We discuss the procedures involved and how writing an effective cover letter helps.

The Editorial Process and Peer-Review The role of editors and referees in the vetting process and general guidelines for what editors at high impact journals look for.

Training will be led by Dr. Suzanne Farley, Managing Editor of the Nature Reviews and Dr. Susan Jones, Senior Editor at Nature Biotechnology, who will share their expert knowledge on what it takes to get published in a high quality international journal.

The cost of the workshop is either:

• Two-day workshop only: £650 or

• Two-day workshop, overnight accommodation on November 19 and evening meal: £750

Places on the workshop are strictly limited.

Hosted by the University of Sussex Doctoral School