RCPE Course: Writing a Journal Article.

Monday, November 03, 2014 | | Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 9 Queen Street Edinburgh EH2 1JQ

While writing a scientific paper or journal article may at first appear straightforward, here are a few questions:

Have you ever had a paper rejected for publication?

If so, have you ever wondered why it was rejected?

Alternatively, would you like to improve your publication rate or the level of publication in which your papers appear?

Clinicians regularly submit papers for publication which, while containing excellent and original clinical detail, may be rejected as soon as they are received by an editor or are put out for peer review. This situation can be demoralising and lead to an author questioning his or her work.

The ‘Writing a journal article’ course aims to assist RCPE Fellows, Collegiate Members and Associates, and their colleagues, in improving their publication rates through gaining a better understanding of what journal editors and reviewers look for in submitted papers.

The course was created by Tim Albert, an experienced writing consultant, former editor and author of three books on the subject. Tim, who delivered the course several times at RCPE, has now retired but Dr Paula Midgley, RCPE Assistant Dean, is an approved tutor for the course.

‘‘Writing a journal article’ adopts an evidence-based approach, drawn from Tim Albert’s extensive experience of medical publishing and journalism and blends this with analytical and marketing techniques to provide a sophisticated method of improving publication outcomes. It provides valuable insights into how to plan, structure, develop and write a scientific paper; information on what editors and reviewers look for in papers; and original analyses of trends in medical publishing.

This course is designed for people who are at, or nearly at, the stage of putting together a paper for publication. It is not ideal for doctors at a very early stage of their training who are interested in the process of writing in abstract terms. The course is limited to around 12 participants, as it is based on group teaching, and is run in a very interactive manner. Much of the day is spent on exercises where individuals work on their paper, and it is therefore essential that all participants have some material to work with. This material would usually be data collected as part of a research project, but material collected as an audit could also be used. There is no need to bring the actual data (no laptops or memory sticks required!).

If you require further information about the course objectives or content, please email Helen Elliott (h.elliott@rcpe.ac.uk) who will forward your query to the Course Tutor.

Course Tutor

Dr Paula Midgely

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