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Editors' virtual courses 2021:

Improving journal quality and impact 

These two related courses together provide journal editors with greater understanding of how to raise the quality of their journal, improve the peer review process, and make greater impact with their journal.


Course 1: improving quality and impact : Working with authors (Course completed in June)

Course 2: improving quality and impact : Peer review and the editorial board (October) see below

Discount for delegates from low income countries

I have some spaces available for any delegate from a middle or low income country for a 50% discount. To take advantage of this offer, please register here.


Course 2: Improving quality and impact : Peer review and editorial boards

This course is presented in two, 2-hour online workshops



  • To improve the peer review process and make good decisions
  • To identify the best reviewing methology
  • To manage and utilize editorial boards


Course content

  1. Journals and reviewers
    Topics covered include: reviewing research | bias and discrimination | reviewer recognition and reward
  2. Peer review initiatives
    Topics covered include: peer review taxonomy | preprint reviews | reviewing initiatives
  3. Ethical and practical problems of review
    Topics covered include: guidelines | citation manipulation | confidentiality | bias | managing the process | quality and usefulness | reviewer literacy 
  4. The role of the editorial board
    Topics covered include: mission and vision | editorial structures and roles | responsibilities and ethics | social media promotion | planning | strategies


Course details

  • When: 9-11am BST Monday 18th October and 9-11am BST Tuesday 19th October. To find your local time, click here.
  • What: A mixture of presentation and breakout discussions, supported by extensive handbook for later reference
  • How: No software required, only Internet access
  • How much: Cost: £320

June 2021 - Course completed

Course 1: Improving quality and impact : Authors, readers and impact

This course is presented in two, 2-hour online workshops



  • To obtain better quality content
  • To manage and mitigate author problems 
  • To influence reader habits, raise visibility and increase citation


Course content

  1. Journals and authors
    Topics covered will include: publishers and publishing | publication trends | publishing habits | open science | data policies | academic reward | geographical diversity | authorship pressures | preprints.
  2. Authors, authorship and ethics
    Topics covered will include: authorship criteria | contributorship author support | reporting guidelines  plagiarism | image manipulation | fraud and dishonesty | conflicts of interest | errata and retractions.
  3. Readership and citation
    ​Topics covered include: readership research | language issues | lay summaries | indexing | impact measures | altmetrics | citation initiatives

Read more about who should attend these courses, how they are run, and their essential objectives by clicking HERE.

Course delivery

* Each course will be restricted to a maximum of 20 participants.

* Each course will comprise two online workshops, each of 2hours, taking place on consecutive days

* Each workshop will comprise short plenary lectures to introduce the topic, followed by breakout sessions to discuss real-life case studies or exercises that delve deeper into the topic. 

Discussion and participation


Meeting other participants and hearing their experiences is an important part of the course, and there is a great deal of emphasis on discussion and debate within the course.


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


Our course handbooks have been developed over several years, with updates added at every course. They contain a wealth of information and background reading on all the topics covered and serve as a valuable onging resource.

Follow-up seminar

A short seminar will be offered to all participants a few months after each course. These are proving very popular as they provide an opportunity to catch up with what changes other editors have implemented, as well as discussing new topics requested by the delegates.

Technology requirements

To participate you only need a computer with audio, a mocrophone and a camera (so you can join in conversations during the breakout sessions). Good Internet access is also a requirement. We normally use Zoom meetings.

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