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

Medical Editor's online training course: 2022

2022 dates

Eastern timezone course

17-19 October, 5-8am BST

(=12-3pm China, or 3-6pm Sydney)


Western timezone course

26-28 October, 3-6pm BST

(=10am-1pm in New York)



Following two years of successfully running this virtual course, the last one will be run this year, 2022. The past two years have seen workshops involving lively discussions, some challenging viewpoints, and tremendous feedback from the delegates. Participants came from around the world including Australia, USA, Canada and several European countries.


The best part of the course was ... "Pippa's management of: people, the flow of the course, discussions, organization, etc. Amazingly skilled at leading a group of people and elevating their knowledge"

"The course was very helpful - I liked that it covered so many different aspects of the role. It helped to see the big picture. But it was very practical with useful tips as well. The case-studies were well chosen and brought up interesting issues."


The course

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 is 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 and hearing the views of other participants is an important part of any event. By ensuring a highly interactive event, we ensure that there is plenty of opportunity to hear the views of other participants during breakout sessions and other discussions. 

This proviees the opportunity to learn from others in addition to the formal programme.


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


The handbook is a c.100pp resource developed over several years. It supports the course by providing background information and workshop exercises; and in addition it can be used as a future reference guide for any editor.

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).



GBP £600 per person.


Eastern timezone: 17-19 October

Western timezone: 26-28 October


Eastern timezone: 

5-8am BST

(=12-3pm China, or 3-6pm Sydney)

Western timezone course: 3-6pm BST

(=10am-1pm in New York)

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