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This course will look at the aspects you need to consider when constructing your paper; demystify peer reviewed journals by giving insider insights from science journal editors and show you what they really want.


You will learn how to choose the best journal for your work, negotiate the peer review process and deal with reviewer comments.

The course will cover:

  • Why publish and how that affects how you publish.
  • The structure of a paper.
  • What to include in the title and abstract.
  • Open access.
  • Impact metrics and citations.
  • Ways to get published more quickly.
  • Publicising your paper once it is published.  

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Develop and understanding of the peer review process.
  • Construct an effective title and abstract.
  • Be equipped to choose journals for future papers.
  • Be equipped to publicise future papers. 


"Nice to have a professional with an in-depth industry knowledge offer training and advice.'"
"The course was excellent and very well delivered. there was a real sense of professionalism.'"
"Now it doesn't feel so scary to try to publish a paper.'"


DPhil students and research staff.

The course is suitable for DPhil students and postdocs who want to understand the publishing process better, whether or not they have already submitted a paper.




Anna Sharman of Cofactor Ltd.

Anna has been a biology postdoc, an in-house journal editor and a scientific publishing consultant and now runs a company helping scientists to understand scientific publishing by providing editing help, consultancy and workshops (see the Cofactor website). 


14th May 2024 | 09.00 - 17.00


Booking for this course will open at the beginning of Trinity term.  


When registering for this course, please check our Terms and Conditions.


A1, B3, D2

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of graduate students and research staff. See the the following for more details:

The Researcher Development Framework page

The Researcher Training Tool (click on Researcher Development)

Vitae (Vitae is a national organisation dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through supporting their professional and career development.)