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

Booking now closed - join our mailing list to hear about the 2018 course

In the summer of 2017, the UK EQUATOR Centre, part of the internationally recognised EQUATOR Network held its unique flagship summer writing school for the third time. Our simple aim is to improve the quality and completeness of research publications so they are useful, usable and accessible to all.

Quote box Publication School 1This week-long course has attracted participants from all over the world. The course is designed for health researchers, research leaders, and medical writers wishing to build the skills and confidence to achieve greater success in writing, publishing and disseminating health research through traditional journals, and other channels.

This lively course is lead by an experienced, enthusiastic and knowledgeable team, featuring lectures and many practical sessions including:

  • How to write the key sections of your research article, including the methods, analysis and results, introduction, discussion, title and abstract
  • How to make the appropriate and optimal use of Reporting Guidelines including CONSORT, STROBE and PRISMA
  • How to target the right journal for your research, and navigate different editorial systems
  • How to deal with peer review comments, and how to peer review the work of others constructively
  • How to write for and communicate with a lay audience, and make the most of media opportunities

The course also discusses the importance of writing and publishing protocols, and the use of reporting guidelines such as SPIRIT and PRISMA-P.

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  • Dr Elizabeth Wager, Publications Consultant, Sideview
  • Prof Doug Altman, Director, Centre for Statistics in Medicine; Director, UK EQUATOR Centre
  • Prof Gary Collins, Deputy Director, UK EQUATOR Centre

The programme also includes contributions from invited guest speakers, including journal editors and science communicators.


Rates for the 2018 course will be released when course booking opens in early 2018. Early-bird rates are available until 31 March.

The 2017 fees were:

£1,200 (includes refreshments, lunch and conference dinner Thursday evening)

£1,500 (in addition to the above includes five nights (Sun-Thurs) ensuite accommodation with breakfast (Mon-Fri) and evening meals (Mon-Wed).


There is always strong interest in this course and places are strictly limited to foster small group learning. If you would like to join our mailing list for notification when registration opens, please email Caroline Struthers on