Upcoming open courses

All delivered live online by the instructor via Zoom

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Writing for publication in scientific journals

Date: 2nd & 3rd November 2020, 1400 – 1700

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Academic careers: expectations, planning & preparation

Date: 15th December 2020, 0930 – 1230

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Attracting funding: writing & applying for fellowships

Date: 15th January 2021, 0930 – 1230

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To book a place on any of the courses listed above, or to find out more information about the course structure and content, please click on the “more information” button below each course title.

More courses are coming soon! To receive notifications of upcoming courses, please subscribe to our mailing list.

Upcoming open courses

All delivered live online by the instructor via Zoom

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Writing for publication in scientific journals

Date: 2nd & 3rd November 2020, 1400 – 1700

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Academic careers: expectations, planning & preparation

Date: 15th December 2020, 0930 – 1230

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Attracting funding: writing & applying for fellowships

Date: 15th January 2021, 0930 – 1230

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To book a place on any of the courses listed above, or to find out more information about the course structure and content, please click on the “more information” button below each course title.

More courses are coming soon! To receive notifications of upcoming courses, please subscribe to our mailing list.

Recently completed open courses

All delivered live online by the instructor via Zoom

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Communicating research: An introduction to designing & preparing figures

Date: 6th October 2020, 1330 – 1630

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Attracting funding: writing & applying for fellowships

Date: 9th September 2020, 0930 – 1230

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Writing for publication in scientific journals

Date: 11th & 12th August 2020, 1400 – 1700

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To book a place on any of the courses listed above, or to find out more information about the course structure and content, please click on the “more information” button below each course title.

More courses are coming soon! To receive notifications of upcoming courses, please subscribe to our mailing list.

Upcoming Open Courses

The following upcoming courses are open to all researchers and can be booked directly through our website. We also accept batch bookings for groups.

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Communicating research: An introduction to designing & preparing figures

6th October 2020

For PhD students & early career researchers

Displaying information in a visual format is an excellent way for researchers to communicate their work. Figures, tables and diagrams are key components of a published research paper (and a PhD thesis), and readers are often drawn to these before turning to the main text of the article.

It is therefore important to plan, organise and design your figures carefully, considering aspects such a diagram type, titles, legends and the best way to visualise the data. Journals have specific requirements for figures so understanding what is expected of authors and preparing your graphics correctly can increase your chances of publication success (read more).

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Writing for publication in scientific journals

2nd – 3rd November 2020

For PhD students & early career researchers

November is academic writing month (#AcWriMo)! Scholars from all over the world participate in #AcWriMo, writing millions of words and sharing their progress over the month.

Researchers are writers. We communicate our results via articles, discuss the findings of others in reviews and use the literature as an immortal record of science from both past and contemporary research, therefore, developing our writing skills must be given the same time and dedication as other phases… (read more)

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Attracting funding: writing & applying for fellowships

15th January 2021, 0930 – 1230

For PhD students (2nd year onwards) & postdoctoral researchers

A career in research is exciting, varied and gives you the opportunity to be at the cutting edge of discovery in your chosen field. It is also a highly competitive environment and researchers from all over the world aspire to reach the top of the profession.

How do you go about the process of applying for your own postdoctoral research fellowship? There is more to it than filling in an application form: you will have to propose and design an innovative project…(read more)

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Your professional profile & networking

Start anytime (online)

For PhD students & early career researchers

Building and maintaining a professional network, both offline and online, is a key requirement for all researchers and an effective network can have a very positive effect on your career, whether it is in academic research or beyond. In addition, taking the time to ensure that your professional profile presents you, your skills and experience, your values and your interests in the way that you would like to be perceived by others is worth the effort.

  • An introduction to professional profiles (both offline and digital) and networking strategy
  • Can be completed in one day or at the individual’s own pace over a longer period of time
  • Consists of case studies, videos, optional activities and further resources

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Intellectual property essentials

Start anytime (online)

For PhD students & early career researchers

Intellectual property (IP) is considered to be a “creation of the mind” and a considerable amount of IP is created in universities. It is now essential for researchers to equip themselves with an elementary knowledge of the subject because IP is relevant to scholarly publishing, teaching materials, patents and much more.

  • An introduction to the various types of intellectual property and how these apply to scholarly pursuits
  • Can be completed in one day or at the individual’s own pace over a longer period of time
  • Consists of case studies, videos, multiple choice quizzes and further resources

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Build your own website in a day

Start anytime (online)

For PhD students & early career researchers

A website is an effective way to communicate your research, make it visible to a larger audience and summarise your research activities in one central online location. You may wish to create a website for yourself, for a research group, for a specific project, for a teaching topic or any other reason – this short course will enable you to do that.

  • An introduction to the WordPress platform and a step by step walkthrough of how to build your own website.
  • No coding involved
  • Can be completed in one day or at the individual’s own pace over a longer period of time
  • Consists of case studies, videos, multiple choice quizzes and further resources

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Coming soon: An introduction to R

Introduction to the R statistical software & data visualisation

(coming soon – autumn 2020)

A series of four introductory courses to the freely available R statistics software, now the most commonly used software for statistics in academia. An essential skill for researchers in quantitative subjects (read more)

> Sign up to receive notifications about this course

Writing for publication in scientific journals

Training course:

Writing for publication in Scientific Journals

2nd – 3rd November 2020

For PhD students & early career researchers

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Dates & times

November is academic writing month (#AcWriMo)! Scholars from all over the world participate in #AcWriMo, writing millions of words and sharing their progress over the month.

This course consists of two live online sessions taught via Zoom on consecutive afternoons, the exact dates are below. Participants will also be given access to an additional online course on the Electv Training Platform.

Session 1: 2nd November, 2pm – 5pm

Session 2: 3rd November, 2pm – 5pm

In the mornings, students will be encouraged to work on their own writing projects. The course instructor will also be available to respond to questions.

*All times are UK time.

Overview

Researchers are writers. We communicate our results via articles, discuss the findings of others in reviews and use the literature as an immortal record of science from both past and contemporary research, therefore, developing our writing skills must be given the same time and dedication as other phases of the research process. Writing is challenging, but it is an important skill that is developed and honed over time, it is a key component of the researcher’s skillset and one that they will use more than most.

Manuscripts must be clear, concise and written in a manner that is appropriate for that particular style of document. This course covers how to structure an original scientific research paper, designing and planning your article, how to articulate your argument, designing publication quality figures & tables. The session will use selected examples from the existing literature and will also include sections on the scholarly publishing process, selecting journals and peer review.

The course includes a set of resources that participants can explore in their own time and consists of short lectures, discussions, individual exercises and anecdotes from the instructor’s own experience of writing, publishing and reviewing articles. Participants will also be given access to an additional online course that they can complete in their own time.

At the end of this course participants will:

  • have been introduced to the scholarly publishing process;
  • understand what is expected of them regarding writing style and structure;
  • have analysed and discussed examples of clear, concise scientific writing;
  • have been given a range of resources to explore in their own time.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for PhD students and early career postdocs working in scientific disciplines. No prior experience of publication is necessary and the course is open to all. Please note that this course will be online only.

Course content

Day 1  (1400 – 1700)

  • An introduction to the publishing process
  • Being an author – what is expected
  • Selecting a journal
  • Outlining & planning your article
  • The structure of a scientific research paper

Day 2 (1400 – 1700)

  • Writing style & language
  • Presenting data: preparing figures & tables
  • Navigating the peer review process
  • Copyright & open access
  • Post-publication actions & metrics

The above content will be delivered as live webinars via Zoom in the afternoons (1400 – 1700). There will be no taught sessions in the mornings as participants are encouraged to focus on their own writing projects during that time.

Who is the instructor?

This course is delivered by Electv Training, a division of The Scientific Editing Company. We are based in the UK and we deliver training courses to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers at universities and research institutes around the UK & Europe. The company was founded in 2011 and we specialise in both face to face and online training. We also organise and manage the popular annual scholarly publishing event, the ReConEvent Conference, in Edinburgh every year and have done so since 2013; the conference attracts hundreds of delegates and we have hosted speakers from a range of scholarly journals, universities, funding agencies and companies over the years.

The instructor for this course will be Dr Joanna Young: Joanna obtained a BSc in Microbiology, an MSc in Informatics and a PhD in Neuroscience and Informatics from the University of Edinburgh, prior to completing her postdoctoral work there. She has published several papers of her own and she has been training researchers for the last ten years.

Testimonials from previous participants

“This was really helpful and helped me to understand what was expected of me regarding writing. Highly recommend!”

“Excellent course. Really clear overview and useful exercises throughout. I am now much more confident about writing.”

“This was really useful! I wish I had done it earlier!”

“This was a thorough overview of the publishing process with useful insights from first hand experience of the process.”

“Very informative & clearly presented, much of the content was new to me.”

“Thank you for delivering such a great course online!”

“Excellent! This course should be taken early on in a PhD, how a paper is constructed helps to organise our approach to research.”

“A great introduction into writing for publication with insights and inspiration into planning prior to writing.”

Course fees

We are offering a special, discounted early bird rate for PhD students and postdocs if you book your place before the 26th October. The course fees are as follows:

  • PhD student or postdoc – early bird rate:         £65 + VAT *
  • PhD student or postdoc – standard rate:          £95 + VAT
  • Corporate rate:                                                      £130 + VAT

* Early bird rate – book before 26th October.

You can book your ticket by clicking the “Register for the course” button above. Registration will give you access to the full course including: both live taught online sessions on the mornings of 11th & 12th August, extra resources, an invitation to join the Electv community and an additional online course that you can complete in your own time.

Funding

Several of the previous participants on our courses have had their places funded/ reimbursed by their institutions. If you are a PhD student or member of staff at a university or research institute then you may be able to ask your department or institute to pay for your place on the course. You may wish to contact your superviser or training and skills department directly to ask about this. Please note we cannot manage these queries on your behalf.

For researcher developers & graduate schools: block bookings are available for this course. If you would like to book places for several students you can do so via the ticketing page or we can send you an invoice (please email us at enquiries@electv.net if you would prefer to pay via invoice.)

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Upcoming Open Courses

The following upcoming courses are open to all researchers and can be booked directly through our website. We also accept batch bookings for groups.

**********************************

Attracting funding: writing & applying for fellowships

9th September, 0930 – 1230

For PhD students (2nd year onwards) & postdoctoral researchers

A career in research is exciting, varied and gives you the opportunity to be at the cutting edge of discovery in your chosen field. It is also a highly competitive environment and researchers from all over the world aspire to reach the top of the profession.

How do you go about the process of applying for your own postdoctoral research fellowship? There is more to it than filling in an application form: you will have to propose and design an innovative project…(read more)

**********************************

Communicating research: An introduction to designing & preparing figures

6th October 2020

For PhD students & early career researchers

Displaying information in a visual format is an excellent way for researchers to communicate their work. Figures, tables and diagrams are key components of a published research paper (and a PhD thesis), and readers are often drawn to these before turning to the main text of the article.

It is therefore important to plan, organise and design your figures carefully, considering aspects such a diagram type, titles, legends and the best way to visualise the data. Journals have specific requirements for figures so understanding what is expected of authors and preparing your graphics correctly can increase your chances of publication success (read more).

**********************************

Writing for publication in scientific journals

2nd – 3rd November 2020

For PhD students & early career researchers

November is academic writing month (#AcWriMo)! Scholars from all over the world participate in #AcWriMo, writing millions of words and sharing their progress over the month.

Researchers are writers. We communicate our results via articles, discuss the findings of others in reviews and use the literature as an immortal record of science from both past and contemporary research, therefore, developing our writing skills must be given the same time and dedication as other phases… (read more)

**********************************

Your professional profile & networking

Start anytime (online)

For PhD students & early career researchers

Building and maintaining a professional network, both offline and online, is a key requirement for all researchers and an effective network can have a very positive effect on your career, whether it is in academic research or beyond. In addition, taking the time to ensure that your professional profile presents you, your skills and experience, your values and your interests in the way that you would like to be perceived by others is worth the effort.

  • An introduction to professional profiles (both offline and digital) and networking strategy
  • Can be completed in one day or at the individual’s own pace over a longer period of time
  • Consists of case studies, videos, optional activities and further resources

**********************************

Intellectual property essentials

Start anytime (online)

For PhD students & early career researchers

Intellectual property (IP) is considered to be a “creation of the mind” and a considerable amount of IP is created in universities. It is now essential for researchers to equip themselves with an elementary knowledge of the subject because IP is relevant to scholarly publishing, teaching materials, patents and much more.

  • An introduction to the various types of intellectual property and how these apply to scholarly pursuits
  • Can be completed in one day or at the individual’s own pace over a longer period of time
  • Consists of case studies, videos, multiple choice quizzes and further resources

**********************************

Build your own website in a day

Start anytime (online)

For PhD students & early career researchers

A website is an effective way to communicate your research, make it visible to a larger audience and summarise your research activities in one central online location. You may wish to create a website for yourself, for a research group, for a specific project, for a teaching topic or any other reason – this short course will enable you to do that.

  • An introduction to the WordPress platform and a step by step walkthrough of how to build your own website.
  • No coding involved
  • Can be completed in one day or at the individual’s own pace over a longer period of time
  • Consists of case studies, videos, multiple choice quizzes and further resources

**********************************

Coming soon: An introduction to R

Introduction to the R statistical software & data visualisation

(coming soon – autumn 2020)

A series of four introductory courses to the freely available R statistics software, now the most commonly used software for statistics in academia. An essential skill for researchers in quantitative subjects (read more)

> Sign up to receive notifications about this course