Workshops

The purpose of the workshops is to help scientists communicate more effectively, to help them present the results of their research in a way that will best convince the editors of journals, the reviewers and readers that their work is important and reliable.

It is designed to help scientists who already have a good command of English (or for whom English is the native language) to structure their papers—that is, to arrange the necessary material into sections in a logical order so that the reader will be led through the arguments and thus understand the relevance of the results.

There are two types of workshop.

5-Day Workshop

A 5-day workshop with a maximum of six participants, each of whom brings a manuscript to be submitted to a biomedical journal. Each section of each manuscript is discussed by the participants after an explanation of the functions of that section. Each day, the participants revise the parts of their manuscripts that have been discussed. A short session covers how to improve writing style. On day 5, the revised manuscripts are examined again. By the end of the workshop, there are six manuscripts ready to send to the journal of each participant’s choice.

Contact is maintained with the participants until the manuscripts are actually published. This includes revising the manuscripts before submission to the journal, for structure, style and language and revising the accompanying letter to the editor of the journal. Once the manuscript has been returned with reviewers’ comments, the revised manuscripts are again looked at for clarity, and comments are given on the answers to reviewers’ comments and the second letter to the editor of the journal.

1-, 2-, 3- or 4-Day Workshops

Each has a maximum of 12 participants. One (1-day), two (2-day), three (3-day) or four (4-day) manuscripts are chosen from among those submitted by participants to illustrate the discussion.

Contact is maintained with the authors of the paper(s) that were used to illustrate the workshop until the manuscripts are actually published, as for the 5-day workshop. The remaining participants are asked to send the first paper that they write after the workshop for suggestions on improving structure and for editing.

Workshops have been conducted in

Australia

  • Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
  • Cancer Council, Sydney, NSW
  • Child Health Research Institute and Curtin, Perth, WA
  • Department of Health, Broken Hill, NSW
  • New South Wales Department of Health, Sydney, NSW
  • Department of Public Health, University of Sydney, NSW
  • Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, NT
  • National Prescribing Service, Sydney, NSW
  • Public Health Association of Australia
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Sydney, NSW
  • Sax Institute, Sydney, NSW
  • University of Newcastle, NSW
  • National Centre for HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
  • National Centre for HIV Social Research, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

Central African Republic

  • Institut Pasteur, Bangui

China

  • Chinese Association for Smoking and Health, Wuhan
  • Institute of Reproductive Health, Shanghai

Croatia

  • Croatian Medical School, Zagreb
  • Split University, Split

Czech Republic

  • University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Brno

Denmark

  • Danish Cancer Registry, Copenhagen

Estonia

  • Institute for Experimental and Clinical Medicine, Tallinn

Finland

  • Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki

France

  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université de Montpellier II, Montpellier
  • International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon

Germany

  • German Cancer Research Centre, Heidelberg
  • Institute for Tumour Research, University of Essen
  • University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld
  • Institut für Medizinische Biometrie, Epidemiologie und Informatik, Mainz
  • Universitätsklinikum, Heidelberg

India

  • Cancer Research Institute, Mumbai
  • International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh
  • Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, Mumbai
  • All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

Italy

  • Istituto de Biologia dello Sviluppo, Palermo
  • Osservatorio Epidemiologico, Regione Lazio Assessorato Sanità, Rome
  • Scuola Internazionale di Oncologia e Medicina Sperimentale, Rome
  • Scuola Internazionale di Oncologia e Medicina Sperimentale, Santa Margherita Ligure

Japan

  • Hiroshima University Hospital, Hiroshima
  • Kyoto University, Kyoto
  • Nagoya University Hospital, Nagoya
  • Okayama University Hospital, Okayama
  • Osaka University Hospital, Osaka
  • Tokyo University, Tokyo

Kenya

  • African Academy of Sciences, Nairobi

Malaysia

  • Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Malaya, Petalaya Jaya
  • Department of Orthopaedic Medicine, University Hospital, University of Malaya, Petalaya Jaya
  • Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology, Sarawak General Hospital, Kuching, Sarawak

Mali

  • Mali Médical, Bamako

Norway

  • The Cancer Institute of Norway, Oslo

Poland

  • Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
  • Institute of Oncology, Warsaw

Portugal

  • Centre of Marine Sciences, Faro

Russian Federation

  • Institute of Post-graduate Medical Studies, St Petersburg

Saudi Arabia

  • Taibah University, Medina

Senegal

  • Senegal Academy of Sciences and Technique, Dakar

Spain

  • Institute for Marine Sciences, Vigo

Sweden

  • Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Örebro Medical Center Hospital, Örebro
  • Department of Occupational Medicine, University of Linköping, Linköping
  • Göteberg University
  • Swedish Board of Colleges and Universities, Stockholm

Switzerland

  • World Health Organization, Geneva

Thailand

  • APACT Meeting, Chiang Mai
  • Department of Reproductive Health, University of Khon Kaen

Trinidad and Tobago

  • Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Marine Resources, Port-of-Spain

United Kingdom

  • European Association of Science Editors, 2003 General Assembly, Bath

USA

  • Council of Biology Editors, 1997 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The participants in the workshops have ranged from postgraduate students to full professors in a wide variety of fields of research. Most recently, they have included groups of Aboriginal health researchers and public health trainees in Australia.