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UK EQUATOR Centre Lightning Workshops

Join the UK EQUATOR Centre's monthly one-hour practical workshops on all aspects of writing and publishing your academic research! Workshops are held 12:30-13:30 in the Botnar Research Centre's main seminar room.

This workshop series is free, but registration is required. Please contact Caroline Struthers for more information, to register, and to enquire about UK EQUATOR Centre training for your department or group.

Upcoming sessions

Tues 5 Dec 2017

Communcation and social media

Your work isn't done once the final article acceptance comes through. Learn about disseminating your research article through traditional and social media, and the crucial role that your communications manager plays.

Final dates TBC:
Jan 2018

Avoiding authorship angst

Learn about the rules for authorship and practice negotiating authorship rights and responsibilities.

Jen de Beyer
Feb 2018

Perfecting your elevator pitch

Whether standing by your conference poster, at a professional networking event, or in the pub, the question is the same: "So, what is it that you do?" With that crucial 2 minute elevator pitch answer ready, you'll never say "ummmm" again!

Jen de Beyer
March 2018

Critical appraisal and peer review

 This session leads you step by step through conducting and writing up a peer review.

Gary Collins
April 2018

Answering peer reviewers comments

Practice dealing with the kind, the fair, and the seriously challenging.

Jen de Beyer

 Past sessions

Check back, as all sessions will be repeated!

Zero to hero: writing a bio

Participants create the perfect professional biography for their own website, then convert it into a short conference bio.

(last presented 15 March 2017)

Jo SIlva &

Jen de Beyer

Choosing a journal

Your journal choice has to balance your and your coauthors' career needs with your funder's and HEFCE's requirements. Copyright, open access, journal impact factor, and Act on Acceptance are just some of the issues tackled in this session.

(last presented 6 June 2017)

Jen de Beyer

Reporting your statistical analyses

This workshop includes practical tips and tricks for making sure your paper makes a stats reviewer’s heart sing, and not sink!

(last presented 2 August 2017)

Michael Schlussel

Top titles & killer key words

Your article title is the first – and possibly only – thing that most people will read. A great title grabs your readers’ attention and gives them the full picture about your article. Participants bring along their latest project to practice writing declarative, descriptive, and question titles. We also talk about keywords, so often relegated to the last 5 minutes before submission.

(last presented 30 August 2017)

Jen de Beyer

Writing an abstract

An article abstract needs to be an accurate well-structured summary and entice your readers to read further. As many readers only have access to the abstract, and it is often used by journal editors and scientific committees to decide whether to send the article for peer review, you need to get it spot on.

(last presented 30 August 2017)

Jen de Beyer

Editing your own words

Great writing is simple, clear, and complete. Participants practice balancing these three elements in group editing exercises.

(last presented 25 October 2017)

Jen de Beyer