Workshop Outline

Publishing with Impact

Day 1 (9.30am–11.00am): Science publishing culture

  • Introductions and icebreaker; establishing working groups
  • Reasons for scientific communication; forms of publication; when to use them
  • Exercise 1
  • Scientific journals and peer review
  • Excercise 2
  • Appraisal of journals: journal metrics; choosing the right journal for your work
  • Exercise 3

Day 1 (11.30am–1.00pm): Writing as part of your research project

  • How to ensure you have something worth publishing
  • Your outline: identifying the gap, anomaly or other reason for embarking on your research project; defining the aim of the study, constructing an hypothesis
  • Exercise 4
  • Remembering the reader
  • Making your writing reader friendly: strategies for writing simply and clearly; sentence and paragraph construction
  • Exercise 5

Day 1 (2.00pm–3.30pm): Writing your paper (part 1)

  • Getting started – working with coauthors; planning the process; time management
  • Sections of a scientific paper – order for writing
  • Telling a story
  • Introduction – using your aim/hypothesis to set the framework for your paper; structure; managing and using literature
  • Exercise 6

Day 1 (4.00pm–5.00pm): Writing your paper (part 2)

  • Materials and Methods – experimental design; structure and subheadings; repeatability
  • Exercise 7
  • Results – choosing and presenting your data; effective use of text, tables and figures; structure and subheadings; avoiding the pitfalls
  • Exercises 8 & 9

Day 2 (9.30am–11.30am): Getting your message across

  • Review of Day 1 and agenda for Day 2
  • Discussion – interpretation in context of the literature; using your hypothesis and the Introduction; characteristics of strong and weak Discussions; assessing structure; conclusions
  • Exercise 10
  • Abstract – purpose and importance; elements of a good abstract; keywords
  • Exercise 11
  • Title – creating and evaluating your title; characteristics of good and bad titles
  • Exercise 12

Day 2 (12.00pm–1.00pm): Protocols and ethics of scientific publication

  • Authorship and acknowledgements
  • References: styles; management systems; effective use
  • Internal reviews; managing feedback
  • Permissions: to reproduce figures or quotations; ethics and experimentation permits
  • Declaring conflicts of interest
  • Prior publication, plagiarism, dual submission
  • Substandard work
  • Exercise 13

Day 2 (2.00pm–3.30pm): Getting your paper published

  • Pre-submission checklist
  • Submitting the paper
  • Journal processes: an Editor’s perspective
  • Exercise 14
  • Responding to editors’ and referees’ reports; options if rejected
  • Exercise 15
  • Acceptance and pre-publication process
  • Getting your paper cited

Day 2 (4.00pm–5.00pm): Summary and end of workshop

  • Summary of key points and useful references
  • Feedback survey
  • Next steps: using what you have learned

General Information
The workshop is interactive, with participants encouraged to think and discuss why, where and when to publish and who their readers are. Each workshop is tailored as far as possible to the needs of the group and the outline above may be altered accordingly. The facilitator will contact participants before the course to gain an understanding of their levels of experience in writing scientific publications, to discover if they have experienced any particular barriers to writing, and if they have any specific needs or skill gaps they wish to address. Each participant will be asked to bring a current writing project to develop during the workshop. If this is not possible, the facilitator will make alternative arrangements with the participant to ensure s/he gains practical experience during the workshop.

Each participant will receive a copy of the book ‘Scientific Writing = Thinking in Words’ by David Lindsay (CSIRO Publishing 2011), as well as the course notes.