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

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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.


Contact Caroline Struthers to register your interest and for priority booking on

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Forthcoming events

OCTRU Training Bite: Getting the Sample Size Right

Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 10am to 11am @ Botnar Research Centre, Room G54

OCTRU New Starter Training

Tuesday, 05 November 2019, 10am to 11.30am @ Botnar Research Centre, Room G52

UK EQUATOR Centre Publication School November 2019

Thursday, 07 November 2019 to Friday, 08 November 2019, 9am - 5pm @ Botnar Research Centre, University of Oxford

OCTRU Workshop: Risk Assessment and Monitoring

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 9.30am to 12pm @ Botnar Research Centre, Room G54/38

OCTRU Training Bite: Trial Master Files

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 10am to 12pm @ Botnar Research Centre, Room G54

RSS Oxford talk on Intergenerational fairness of pensions: Statistical analysis, assumptions and actuarial models

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 4.30pm to 6pm @ Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Statistics, 24-29 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LB