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Fit for purpose: The secrets of success in writing, publishing, and disseminating research articles

Equator publication school 2016

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a large number of published research articles are reported badly.  They often don’t provide enough information, or they provide misleading and ambiguous information, and their usefulness is severely compromised.

The UK EQUATOR Centre is delighted to once again offer its week-long course for both new and more experienced health researchers who wish to make their research articles fit for purpose.

Build the skills and confidence to achieve success in writing, publishing and disseminating your research through traditional journals, and other media channels.

This lively course will be lead by an experienced, enthusiastic and knowledgeable team, featuring lectures and many practical sessions including:

  • How to write the key sections of your research article, including the methods, analysis and results, introduction, discussion, title and abstract
  • How to make the appropriate and optimal use of Reporting Guidelines including CONSORT, STROBE and PRISMA
  • How to target the right journal for your research, and navigate different editorial systems
  • How to deal with peer review comments, and how to peer review the work of others constructively
  • How to write for and communicate with a lay audience, and make the most of media opportunities

The course will also discuss the importance of writing and publishing protocols, and the use of reporting guidelines such as SPIRIT and PRISMA-P.

Course tutors

  • Dr Elizabeth Wager, Publications Consultant, Sideview
  • Prof Doug Altman, Director, Centre for Statistics in Medicine; Director, UK EQUATOR Centre
  • Dr Iveta Simera, Deputy Director, UK EQUATOR Centre
  • Caroline Struthers, Education and Training Manager, UK EQUATOR Centre

The programme will also include contributions from invited guest speakers including Journal Editors and Science Communicators.

Rates

Early-bird rates apply before 30 April

Early-bird rate: £1,150

Early-bird rate including five nights en suite accommodation at St Catherine’s College: £1,450

From 1 May

Standard rate: £1,300

Standard rate including accommodation: £1,600

Course fees include daily lunch and refreshments, dinner at St Catherine’s (Sun-Wed evening) and a course banquet (Thursday evening), a comprehensive delegate’s pack including all course materials, and two essential reference books.

Additional discounts are available for early career researchers and members of the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences at the University of Oxford.

Contact

Book directly or contact Caroline Struthers for more information and to discuss discounts on caroline.struthers@csm.ox.ac.uk.

Publication School 2015

The first cohort of the EQUATOR Publication School (6-10 July 2015) had goals many researchers can identify with: develop confidence in writing, fill in the gaps in a self-taught writer’s training, polish skills so as best to pass them on to students, and write faster and better. Did they meet their goals? Read the recap for course highlights and tips and tricks for writing articles!

Read more here

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