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


For the first time, Publication School will be held online! Join us 10-13 November 2020 for four half-day sessions (13:00-16:30 GMT), live over Zoom.

Email us to discuss eligibility and join the waiting list.


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. 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 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.



Excellent scope - right the way from authorship and journal selection to submission/peer review/dissemination - not just the bits in the middle! - June 2018 participant

  • 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
  • Submission and 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

Publication School in 2020:

12-13 March 2020 - COMPLETED

16-17 July 2020 - CANCELLED

Tuesday 10 - Friday 13 November 2020, 13:00-16:30 GMT - Booking open (waiting list only)


The course will be held live over Zoom. Participants will need to have Zoom downloaded, rather than using the browser version, as we will be using registrations. We will teach using shared slides, webcam, and audio. We’re excited to maintain the highly interactive nature of Publication School in this online format, with all-group discussion and small-group exercises and discussion. Participants will be 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.

Sessions will run 13:00-16:30 GMT, with regular comfort breaks.

As one of the things previous participants have enjoyed about Publication School is the chance to meet other early-career researchers, participants will have the option to stay on until ~17:00 each day for informal conversation.

We do not plan to record the sessions, but participants will receive the electronic course workbook with all notes and exercises. We are investigating whether we can offer live captions for the sessions.

Places are limited and will be allocated in order of application. Email us to discuss eligibility and join the waiitng list.



£90: University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes students / NDORMS staff

£160 University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes staff / students from other universities

£320 Staff of other academic institutions, non-profits, and the NHS

£450: Commercial (limited places)


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