MedEds 2015: Dubai airport: 2014Croatia workshop: Prague: publishing books
MedEds 2015: Dubai airport: 2014Croatia workshop: Prague: publishing books

Medical Editor's online training course 2020

This "virtual classroom" course has been developed from the successful face-to-face course run annually since 2006. It will provide both the content of the the face-to-face course, and allow for interaction between participants by using virtual break-out groups for discussion. By keeping the numbers low, all participants will have opportunities to talk, discuss, and contribute: it will definitely not be an event where participants sit back and listen to lengthy lectures. I have used my experience of organizing and running many online workshops and meetings to ensure that the value of meeting other editors is retained.


Course focus

The focus of the course is how to improve the success of the journal. It considers what editors can change and influence, and how they can improve the quality of what they publish and the impact that their journal makes. It is therefore not a “how to” course, but is rather a “why not” course – making editors aware of the strategic options they have and asking them to consider which would best serve their journal. All elements of the course are presented in the context of good practice, and international ethical standards which are embedded into all modules.


By the end of the short course editors will know where they can make changes, and they will have ideas for large and small adjustments that will improve the impact and quality of their journals.



The three workshops

The online course will be presented in three, 3-hour workshops:


Workshop 1: Publishing better content: working with authors

By the end of this workshop participants will :

  • Understand author motivations and how to influence them,
  • Know how to identify and manage authorship problems, and
  • Be able to implement strategies that will obtain the best articles from the best authors.


Workshop 2: Publishing better content: peer review

By the end of this workshop participants will :

  • Have a good understanding of the varieties of peer review and of what review should deliver,
  • Be able to select and introduce optimum reviewing models,
  • Understand how to influence speed and quality of review, and
  • Know how to anticipate, identify and respond to ethical review problems.


Workshop 3: Increasing visibility and impact

By the end of this workshop participants will :

  • Understand the different measures of impact, their meaning and their limitations,
  • Have a greater understanding of reader habits and how to entice them to read the journal,
  • Be more aware of how journal and article structure influences its impact on readers,
  • Know how to increase the likelihood of text being discovered, read and understood, and
  • Be able to develop and implement techniques to raise the visibility of the journal with its audience.


Workshop delivery

Each workshop will be restricted to a maximum of 20 participants.

Each workshop will have 3 sections, each of which will comprise:

-- Short plenary lecture

-- Breakout discussion and feedback for groups of 4 or 5 editors


The breakout sessions will centre around case studies and exercises based on real-life examples.


Meeting other participants is an important part of any event. In addition to the small 4- or 5-person breakout discussions there will also be opportunities to meet other participants on a one-to-one basis over "coffee breaks".


Each participant will be sent the course handbook as a PDF file in advance of the workshops.


The handbook is a c.70pp resource developed over several years. It supports the course by providing the slides and exercises, but also contains additional content for future reference

Follow-up seminar


About 1 month after the workshops each participant will be invited to attend a 1-hour seminar. They will be asked for topics that they would like to be covered during the seminar.


The seminar will comprise a series of talks with space for questions from participants.


Attendance at this seminar will be optional.


Technology requirements

To participate you only need a computer with audio, a microphone and a camera (so you can join in conversations and allow yourself to be seen by the other participants).



The all-inclusive cost for the three workshops, handbook and follow-up seminar is:

£600 or US$800

Date and time?

The 3 workshops will be held on 16th, 17th, and 18th November.

Each workshop will run 15:00-18:00GMT (to find your local time, click here).

Sign up

If you would like to register for the course, or would like more information please contact me using the link helow.

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