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

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Publication school  -   18-21 OCTOBER 2022

We are pleased to announce that registration for our next online Publication School is now open! Email us to discuss your eligibility 


It broke academic writing for publication down into really manageable and achievable guidance points. Made me less worried about writing my next article! - June 2019 participant

The UK EQUATOR Centre’s Publication School is designed for early-career researchers and students working in health research, with a focus on clinical research. It aims to give you a smooth writing process that results in a published article that is fit for purpose.

You will experience four afternoons of live, online learning led by methodological and writing experts from the UK EQUATOR Centre and the Centre for Statistics in Medicine. Through group work, discussion, and practical exercises, we cover everything you need to know to plan, write, and publish your health-related research study.



  • Planning your message and audience
  • Negotiating authorship
  • Choosing a journal and avoiding predators
  • Good writing style and habits
  • What to write where: recipes for a successful introduction, methods, results, and discussion
  • Using reporting guidelines
  • Revising your work for simplicity, clarity and completeness
  • Summarising your article in an effective title and abstract
  • Dealing with peer review
  • Disseminating your article after publication

Course details

Would definitely recommend to those starting out in a research career - November 2019 participant

Online Publication School in 2022

Publication School has successfully run online since November 2020. Our next online course date is:

Tuesday 18 - Friday 21 October 2022, 12:30 - 17:00 BST (GMT+1)

We are hoping to run a face-to-face course April/May 2023 - date to be confirmed.                               


The course will be held live over Zoom. Participants will need to have Zoom downloaded, rather than using the browser version, as we will use registrations. We will teach using shared slides, webcam, and audio. Publication School is highly interactive, with all-group discussion and small-group exercises and discussion. Participants are welcome to use text chat, mic, and/or webcam in the main room, but will need at least a mic for small-group work in breakout rooms.

We do not record the sessions, but participants receive an electronic course workbook with all notes and exercises. We regret that we are unable to offer live captions.


Students / PPI representatives: £150

Academia / public sector / non-profit: £240

Commercial / private: £500

We are delighted to offer 5 free places to those funded by Cancer Research UK, whose funding makes possible the UK EQUATOR Centre's programme of research and training.


To discuss your eligibility, please contact us on


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