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UK EQUATOR Centre Online 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, unless otherwise indicated. While the Botnar Research Centre is closed, these sessions will be delivered remotely via Teams or Zoom.

This free workshop series is open to all staff and students of the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes, and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. Registration is required. To book onto a session, for more information, and to enquire about UK EQUATOR Centre training for your department or group, please email us.

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Our Publication School combines the content of the entire Lightning Workshop series, plus more.

2021 Lightning Workshop schedule


Session name and description

15 Jan 2021  

Sharing your article after publication

Extend the life and reach of your article after publication by disseminating widely, working with your communications team, and engaging with potential readers through social media.

Patricia Logullo
19 Feb 2021

Planning your article's message, audience, and target journal

What do you and your coauthors need to decide before you start to write? Get your message, audience, and target journal sorted now to ensure a smooth publication process!

Paula Dhiman and Jen de Beyer
18 March 2021

Writing your bio

Create the perfect professional biography for your website, then convert it into a short conference bio.

Jen de Beyer
28 April 2021

Authorship and acknowledgement guidelines

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

Patricia Logullo
20 May 2021

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

23 June 2021

Critically appraising a manuscript for peer review

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

Paula Dhiman

29 July 2021

Writing your rough draft

Once you've planned your publication, you're ready to use reporting guidelines to write your first draft. We'll cover the structure of a journal article, what info goes where, and common pitfalls to avoid in each article section.

Jen de Beyer

5 Aug 2021

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!

Paula Dhiman
15 Sept 2021

Writing a journal 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. We also talk about selecting key words to complement the language in your abstract and maximise the chance of readers finding your abstract.

Patricia Logullo
13 Oct 2021

Writing a journal article title

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. Bring along your latest project to practice writing declarative, descriptive, and question titles.
Patricia Logullo

Editing your own words

Good academic writing is simple, clear, and complete. You'll practice balancing these three elements in group editing exercises.

Jen de Beyer

Responding to peer reviewers comments

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

Paula Dhiman

Please email us to book onto a session, for more information, and to enquire about UK EQUATOR Centre training for your department or group.