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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.

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 equator@csm.ox.ac.uk.


Thursday 10 January
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.

Thursday 14 February
Perfecting your elevator pitch 
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
Planning for publication
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
Writing a first draft
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.

Thursday 16 May 12:30-13:30
Critically appraising a manuscript for peer review
Paula Dhiman
Practice critically appraising a manuscript and learn how to report back to the journal editor.

Thursday 27 June 16:00-17:00
Avoiding authorship angst
Jen de Beyer
Learn about the rules for authorship and practice negotiating authorship rights and responsibilities.

18 July 12:30-13:30
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!

Thursday 8 August 12:30-13:30
Writing an abstract
Patricia Logullo
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. We also talk about selecting key words to complement the language in your abstract and maximise the chance of readers finding your abstract.

Thursday 19 September 16:00-17:00
Top titles for academic articles
Patricia Logullo
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.

Thursday 10 October 12:30-13:30
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.

Thursday 14 November 12:30-13:30
Responding to peer reviewers’ comments 
Paula Dhiman
Practice dealing with the kind, the fair, and the seriously challenging.

Thursday 5 December 12:30-13:30
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.



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