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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Tell the world about it! Media skills training for researchersclapperboard

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:

Workshop: Impact & Research Communication Skills 9th June

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Impact and Research Communication Skills

Thursday 9th June 2011, 9.30-4.00pm

This workshop is for doctoral researchers in their second year and beyond, and any interested research staff.

The workshop is designed to help you develop the necessary skills for effectively communicating the significance of your research, particularly to non-specialists outside your discipline or subject area.

The relevance of the training will be far reaching in a range of contexts (grant applications, seminar and conference presentations, publications, job applications, REF submissions, and all forms of contact with the media) central to any researcher’s career.

The workshop will cover:

  • Making the case for why your research matters
  • Looking beyond the case study
  • Defining your contribution to the field
  • Making the headlines
  • Outcomes and benefits
  • Impact
  • Beyond the PhD

The workshop is facilitated by Josie Dixon, an experienced training consultant who specializes in running workshops for researchers in higher education.

What researchers have said about this workshop:

‘This workshop has been a path-finder and a confidence-builder.  I am more excited about my research, clearer about its potential, and more informed on how to move ahead.’

‘Makes one more aware of the meaning of our research outside academe.  Josie talks about things that our supervisors don’t.  I liked the practical information, tips, concrete answers to problems.  Josie is an excellent communicator, kind, open to ideas.’

‘Excellent.  Very relevant for thinking about upgrades and, in due course, the viva, as it focuses the mind on the bigger questions of the relevance of your research and its contribution to the field’

For more information: email TLDU Researcher

Places are strictly limited so please only book a place if you are committed to attending.

Science Writing Prize: your work published, £1000 cash & writing workshop

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The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2011 in association with the Guardian and the Observer

The hunt is on to find the next generation of undiscovered science writing talent with the launch of the inaugural Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, in association with the ‘Guardian’ and the ‘Observer’. The winners will have their work printed in the ‘Guardian’ or the ‘Observer’, receive a £1000 cash prize and benefit from a science writing workshop at the ‘Guardian’.

The new competition invites non-professional science writers based in the UK to submit short articles of no more than 800 words that address an area of science in an accessible way and would be suitable for publication in the ‘Guardian’ or the ‘Observer’ (and on their respective websites). The articles should show a passion for science and encourage the general public to consider, question and debate the key issues in science and society. Both traditional newspaper features and web-based features that use the medium in an innovative and appropriate way will be considered.

The judges are looking for originality, bright ideas and a distinctive writing style. Entrants must demonstrate that they have thought about and understood their audience: the curious public.

Prizes will be awarded in two categories: the first is for professional, funded scientists of postgraduate level and above, and the second is open to anyone with a non-professional interest in science, including undergraduate students.

The judging panel includes Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief of Guardian News & Media, Robin McKie, Science and Technology Editor for the Observer, Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, and Clare Matterson, Director of Medical Humanities and Engagement at the Wellcome Trust. The panel will be chaired by Dara O Briain, producer, television presenter and stand-up comedian.

For more information see:

(for research staff) Making Research Accessible: Writing for Non-Academic Audiences

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TLDU-Researcher Event: Making Research Accessible: Writing for Non-Academic Audiences

24th February 2011, 09.30am-12.30pm

Trainer: Richard Payne, BSPS Training Consultancy Limited

The aim of this half day workshop is to show research staff how to use popular writing as an effective and efficient way of disseminating their research to a wider audience, with the ultimate aim of contributing to the public understanding of their discipline.

As a result of attending researchers will be able to:

  • Approach editors of popular publications with effective article proposals
  • Understand the key differences between academic writing and popular writing
  • Be able to explain how popular writing can contribute to the public understanding of academic research and raise the profile of researchers


Places can be booked via the staff development pages in Sussex Direct, the workshop is listed under TLDU-Researcher, Writing Skills.

Any queries should be addressed to