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UK EQUATOR Centre Lightning Workshops


As of 18 March 2020, we regret that we are postponing our Lightning Workshop series. We are looking into options for delivering these sessions remotely. Please check back or join our mailing list to be notified when face-to-face or online training is next availble.

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, unless otherwise indicated.

This workshop series is free, but registration is required. For notification of booking opening and announcement of other EQUATOR courses in Oxford, please join our mailing list by sending a blank email to

For more information and to enquire about UK EQUATOR Centre training for your department or group, please email us.

2020 schedule

Thurs 30 Jan 2020

Writing your bio

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

Jen de Beyer
Thurs 13 Feb 2020

Critically appraising a manuscript for peer review

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

Paula Dhiman

Mon 2 March 2020, 13:00-14:00

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
12-13 March 2020

EQUATOR Publication School: Find out more here

Everything you need to know about planning, writing up, publishing, and disseminating your health research, in one 2-day course!

POSTPONED: Fri 24 April 2020

Planning for publication

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!

Jen de Beyer
POSTPONED: Thur 14 May 2020

Avoiding authorship angst

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

Jen de Beyer


Writing your first 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


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!

Michael Schlussel

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. 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

Top titles for academic articles

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

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

Communications and social media

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

Jo Silva