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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, on Zoom.

This free workshop series is open to all staff and students of the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and Oxford Health NHS Foundation 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.

These sessions are not recorded.

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

2023 Lightning Workshop schedule


Session name and description

8 Feb 2023 

Choosing a target journal for your research article

Your choice of journal can affect how quickly your research is published, who reads it, how easily it is found, and how much it is trusted. Learn how to choose the perfect home for your research article from the thousands of journals available!   

Ruth Tunn
15 March 2023

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
24 Apr 2023

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
17 May 2023

Authorship and acknowledgement guidelines

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

Patricia Logullo

16 Jun 2023

Structure and content of a health research journal article

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

19 Jul 2023

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


16 Aug 2023

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
14 Sep 2023

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!

 Rebecca   Whittle
9 Oct 2023

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

15 Nov 2023

Responding to peer reviewers comments

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

Jen de Beyer

 Writing your bio

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

Jen de Beyer

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