Scientific Writing and Publishing Workshop for researchers in the Life Sciences

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EDIT: Unfortunately this workshop has been postponed, we hope to run it in February.

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The Doctoral School is proud to be hosting the Scientific Writing and Publishing workshop for life sciences researchers, on the 19th and 20th November 2012.

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 .
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Full information and booking details on the Vitae website

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.

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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.

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Grant Funding Call (JISC): Impact analysis

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JISC logoDo you have skills and expertise in impact analysis…
…or, are you a researcher looking for support embedding impact analysis in research?

Grant Funding Call now available…….

JISC is funding an opportunity for researcher groups to develop their capability to analyse and articulate the impact and benefits of their work, by working in partnership with FE and HE staff who have expertise in impact analysis. The objective is to stimulate the cross-pollination of existing expertise and technology to enhance capacity in the impact analysis of research across the sector.

Funding of up to £30,000 per project is available to support three-way collaborative partnerships comprising:

  • Research groups seeking to develop their capabilities in analysing and articulating the impact and benefits of their research;
  • Business and Community Engagement (BCE) practitioners with expertise in identifying external impact and benefits, and designing institutional services for this purpose;
  • Leading research information management expertise and resources for impact evidence.

The full text of the call is available here.

The deadline for proposals is 1 March 2012.

Funded projects will run from May to October 2012.

An online matching site has been launched by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement to support the formation of these partnerships.  Interested researchers, impact analysts and research information management experts can sign here: and find out more.


Proposals may be submitted by HE institutions funded via HEFCE, SFC, HEFCW and DEL Northern Ireland, and by FE institutions funded via BIS, SFC, DFES Wales and DEL Northern Ireland.

With regard to bids from Scottish institutions, SFC has applied a significant budget cut to JISC in 2011-12 AY.  Following consultation with Scottish institutions, SFC has requested that the impact of this budget cut falls on the number of innovation projects JISC is able to fund at Scottish institutions, rather than to cut or increase charges for national services, such as JANET, JISC Collections and JISC Advance. Whilst Scottish institutions therefore remain eligible to bid for project funding in response to this call, depending on the quality of the submissions, JISC may need to limit the number of projects awarded to Scottish institutions

National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement
Watershed Media Centre, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX
tel: +44 (0)1179150194/+44 (0)7771390150 | email:

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Google Scholar Citations: a concise synopsis by Martin Eve

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Google Scholar Citations are now open to everybody. Martin Eve gives us the low-down on what this means:

Yesterday saw the public launch of the hotly anticipated Google Scholar Citations which, as you may have deduced, does what it says on the tin. The concept is simple: you sign in, enter details of your publications (many of which can be automatically picked up by the system) and it tries to trace citations through other papers.

The three metrics presented are absolute citations, h-index and i10-index. The first of these is somewhat self-explanatory. h-Index is presented in two columns, explained thus:

h-index is the largest number h such that h publications have at least h citations. The second column has the “recent” version of this metric which is the largest number h such that h publications have at least h new citations in the last 5 years


i10-index is the number of publications with at least 10 citations. The second column has the “recent” version of this metric which is the number of publications that have received at least 10 new citations in the last 5 years.

These metrics will be extremely useful for those sitting within REF subpanels whose criteria include assessment of citation statistics. That said, as many in academia are all too aware, it remains important to continually enact a rigorous critique of quantitative metrics that could paint a false picture of true “impact”, particularly within a short timespan.

Martin Eve is an AHRC-funded Doctoral Researcher in English, at the University of Sussex. He is Founding Editor of Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon, and served as Chief Editor of Excursions for 2010-2011. He’s a vocal proponent of open access, and teaches undergraduates and doctoral researchers at Sussex. I’ve learned a lot from Martin. Follow @martin_eve on twitter, and have a look at his blog.

CFP: Open Journal of Preventive Medicine

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Open Journal of Preventive Medicine

ISSN Online: 2162-2485
ISSN Print: 2162-2477

Open Journal of Preventive Medicine (OJPM) is an international journal (Open Access) dedicated to the latest advancement of preventive medicine. The goal of this journal is to provide a platform for scientists and academicians all over the world to promote, share, and discuss various new issues and developments in different areas of preventive medicine. Read the rest of this entry »

Media Skills training for Sussex researchers: 24th June

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It is no longer enough to know a great deal about your research topic, increasingly researchers need to be able to communicate with the general public as well as specialist audiences at conferences. That is where the Media Skills Training workshop organised by the Teaching and Learning Development Unit as part of the programme of  Doctoral School Researcher Development Events can help.

Two ex-BBC journalists with 35 years’ BBC experience between them will be facilitating the next one-day workshop on Friday 24th June (9.15am to 5.15pm). The aim is to demystify the media, and help participants to learn what the media want, how to identify and present ‘media-friendly’ elements in research, how to formulate key messages and deal with difficult questions in interviews.

This will be the fifth time that this workshop has been run at Sussex and feedback has been very positive (see quotes below).

Thee day will be really useful for researchers who have some experience of presenting their work but who want to learn how to get the media interested in their research, or present their work to non-academic audiences.

Participants will be helped to develop transferable skills for presentations, business collaborations and conferences, as well as media work. The workshop is interactive throughout and culminates in an on-camera interview which is tailored to each participant’s research area.

So if you are a researcher or know someone who is, this could be a great opportunity for you or them to develop some important media skills.

‘I now feel much more confident thinking about media issues’

‘If you are offered  the chance to attend this programme then don’t procrastinate. Go for it!’

‘I liked the way the trainers researched everyone’s topic in order to develop realistic media scenarios. That was great’

Links and Contact

More details of the Media Training including booking

Other Pofessional Development opportunities for Researchers

The Doctoral School website

Doctoral Development pages from TLDU


Summer workshops for Sussex researchers

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Places are available on the following Summer term workshops for Sussex doctoral researchers and research staff:

Writing for Publication for Science Early-Career Researchers
Friday 13th May – 10:00 – 16:00

Winning Research Funding (for Research Staff)
Tuesday 17th May 10:00 – 12:30

Managing your career (for Research Staff)
Tuesday 24th May 09:30 – 16:00

Save a Life (First Aid Training from the Red Cross)
Wednesday 25th May 16:00 – 18:30

NVivo: an Introduction
Wednesday 1st June 10:00 – 15:00

Introduction to EndNote
Wednesay 1st June 10:00 – 12:00

Introduction to SPSS
Wednesday 1st June 14:00 – 16:00

Preparing for your Final Year
Tuesday 7th June 14:00 – 17:00

Intermediate EndNote
Wednesday 8th June 10: – 12:00

NVivo: Next Steps
Wednesday 8th June 10:00 – 15:00

Introduction to poster presentations
Wednesday 8th June 13:00 – 15:00

Intermediate SPSS
Wednesday 8th June 14:00 – 16:00

Impact and Research Communication Skills
Thursday 9th June 09:00 – 16:00

Conferences & Networking
Monday 13th June 14:30 – 17:00

Introduction to Unix
Wednesday 15th June 14:00 – 16:00

Measuring research impact using bibliometric tools
Tuesday 21st June 14:00 – 16:00

Becoming an Effective Researcher
Wednesday 22nd June 09:30 – 16:30

Presentation Design
Thursday 23rd June 13:00 – 16:30

Copyright issues in your Doctoral Thesis
Wednesday 29th June 10:30 – 12:00

Presentation delivery
Thursday 30th June 13:00 – 16:30

For more information or to book you place; please visit: