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

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online Publication school  -   21-24 november 2023

We are delighted to announce that Publication School will run online this November.

Registration now open


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 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 for the UK EQUATOR Centre and Centre for Statistics in Medicine. Through group work, discussion, and practical exercises, we cover everything you need 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
  • Writing effective cover letters
  • 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


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. 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.

Sessions will run 12:30-17:00 GMT, with regular comfort breaks.

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


Fees: November 2023

5 free places for those funded by Cancer Research UK*

Students / PPI representatives: £150

Academia / public sector / non-profit: £240

Commercial / private: £500

*We are delighted to offer 5 free places to students and staff employed or funded by Cancer Research UK, whose funding makes possible the UK EQUATOR Centre's programme of research and training. Only one place is available per institution or centre. The places will be made available on a first-come first-serve basis.



To discuss your eligibility, please contact us on

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Lab Animal Publication School

We are delighted to partner with Responsible Research in Practice to offer a bespoke version of Publication School for researchers who work with animals or animal-derived material! Lab Animal Publication School will provide an in-depth introduction to responsible research writing practices to smooth the journey from research study to a published article that is fit for purpose.

The course will run online on Tuesday 28 – Thursday 30 November, 9:30-13:30 GMT, live online. Book the course here