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Write and publish your research paper


For a career in science (academia or industry), it is important to publish research papers in peer-reviewed journals - not only to get credit for your research, but to ensure others can learn from your work, build on it and use it. Your research can make the world a better place! Writing and publishing a paper isn't easy, and the journal publishing system can be difficult to navigate.

This one-day course will support you in your journey to writing journal papers and provide you with knowledge on publishing. You will get insider insights from an expert trainer who knows scientific journals from many angles. You will have a chance to draft your own abstract of your paper and get individual feedback on it from an expert.

Who is the course for?

PhD students and researchers at any career stage in biology and related areas of science and medicine.

What does the course cover?

A chance to consider why you might want to publish in peer reviewed journals. Presentation, discussion in pairs and the whole group.
Writing style
Guidance on the writing style needed for research papers. Presentation, discussion, exercise rewriting sample sentences. 
The writing process
Overview of the process of writing, including techniques for getting motivated, getting into the habit of writing and getting feedback. Presentation and discussion.
The structure of the paper
The usual structure of research papers and common variations. Presentation, discussion, exercise analysing a paper.
Title and abstract
Guidance on writing titles and abstracts and avoiding common errors, and a chance to write your own abstract and get feedback on it. Presentation, analysis exercise, writing exercise, one-to-one coaching.
Choosing a journal
The criteria to think about when choosing a journal, such as scope, audience, speed of review and publication, open access options, impact metrics, charges. Presentation, discussion and exercise investigating websites of journals you might submit to.
The peer review process
Presentation with questions on negotiating the peer review process, responding to decisions including rejection, and responding to reviewer reports.

Who is the course trainer?

Anna Sharman is highly qualified to advise you about publishing your research. Anna has:
  • A degree in science (Cambridge University, UK, in natural sciences)
  • A PhD (University of Reading, UK, on vertebrate evolution)
  • Postdoctoral experience (University of Heidelberg, Germany, on zebrafish embryonic development)
  • Seven years as an in house journal editor working on Trends in Biochemical Sciences, Current Biology and Genome Biology
  • Nine years as a freelance editor and publishing consultant, working mainly for scientific journals of major publishers such as Public Library of Science, BioMed Central, BMJ Group and Nature Publishing Group
  • Five years' experience of developing and presenting workshops to researchers, for example for Oxford University and King's College London

Certification and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

A certificate of attendance will be provided after the event.
We evaluate all of our training events, to make sure that we maintain a high quality of training.

This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 18 CPD points.

How this course supports registers competencies: This course has been identified as supporting competency development for: Registered Scientist (RSci)
Competency area:
  • Application of knowledge and understanding


Members - £120 + VAT
Members of Member Organisations, SCAS members - £150 + VAT
Non-members - £300 + VAT

Non-members who have completed a membership application and made payment can also benefit from the discounted member rate.


For further information about the course please contact our Training and Development Officer at or on 020 7685 2578

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation with over 10 working days' notice = 100% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with 5-10 working days' notice = 50% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with less than 5 working days' notice = 0% refund

The Royal Society of Biology reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a training event up to 10 working days before the event is due to take place. A full refund will be issued.

If the Royal Society of Biology is required to cancel or reschedule a training event with under 10 working days' notice due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be issued and 50% of attendee prepaid travel will be compensated.

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