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EQUATOR Lightning Workshops in Oxford 2019


EQUATOR’s accessible, practical, interactive and indispensable monthly one-hour “Lightning Workshops” cover all the essential aspects of writing and publishing your academic research.

Lightning Workshops take place at the Botnar Research Centre’s main seminar room from 12.30-1.30 or from 4.00-5.00pm and are free for University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes staff and students, but registration is required. Click on the links below to see registration details when they are available.

Upcoming sessions

Thursday 14 February 12.30-1.30pm
Perfecting your elevator pitch – book now
Jen de Beyer
Whether standing by your conference poster, at a professional networking event, or in the pub, the question is the same: “So, what is it that you do?” With that crucial two-minute elevator pitch answer ready, you’ll never say “ummmm” again!

Tuesday 26 March 4.00-5.00pm
Planning for publication – book now
Jen de Beyer
What do you and your co-authors need to decide before you start to write? Get your message, audience, and target journal sorted now to ensure a smooth publication process!

Wednesday 17 April 12.30-1.30pm
Writing a first draft – book now
Once you’ve planned your publication, you’re ready to use reporting guidelines to write your first draft. We’ll cover the structure of a journal article, what info goes where, and common pitfalls to avoid in each article section.

June (date TBA)
Avoiding authorship angst
Jen de Beyer
Learn about the rules for authorship and practice negotiating authorship rights and responsibilities.

July (date TBA)
Reporting your statistical analyses
Michael Schlussel
This workshop includes practical tips and tricks for making sure your paper makes a stats reviewer’s heart sing, and not sink!

August (date TBA)
Writing an abstract
Jen de Beyer
An article abstract needs to be an accurate well-structured summary and entice your readers to read further. As many readers only have access to the abstract, and it is often used by journal editors and scientific committees to decide whether to send the article for peer review, you need to get it spot on.

September (date TBA)
Top titles & killer key words
Jen de Beyer
Your article title is the first – and possibly only – thing that most people will read. A great title grabs your readers’ attention and gives them the full picture about your article. Bring along your latest project to practice writing declarative, descriptive, and question titles. We also talk about keywords, so often relegated to the last 5 minutes before submission

October (date TBA)
Editing your own words
Jen de Beyer
Great writing is simple, clear, and complete. You’ll practice balancing these three elements in group editing exercises.

November (date TBA)
Responding to peer reviewers’ comments
Paula Dhiman
Practice dealing with the kind, the fair, and the seriously challenging.

December (date TBA)
Communications and social media
Jo Silva
Extend the life and reach of your article after publication by working with your communications team and engaging with potential readers through social media.

For notification of booking opening and announcement of other EQUATOR courses in Oxford and elsewhere, please join our mailing list by sending a blank email to equator-oxford-subscribe@maillist.ox.ac.uk. For more information and to enquire about UK EQUATOR Centre training for your department or group, please email Caroline Struthers (caroline.struthers@csm.ox.ac.uk).

Previous sessions

Thursday 10 January 12.30-1.30pm
Zero to hero: writing a bio
Jen de Beyer
Create the perfect professional biography for your website, then convert it into a short conference bio.

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