Upcoming open courses in 2021

All delivered live online by the instructor via Zoom

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Writing for publication in scientific journals

Date: 22nd July 2021, 0930 – 1230

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Designing publication quality figures & graphics

Date: 25th August 2021, 0930 – 1230

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Attracting research funding: writing & applying for postdoctoral fellowships

Date: 9th September 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 in 2021

All delivered live online by the instructor via Zoom

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Writing for publication in scientific journals

Date: 23rd March 2021, 0930 – 1600

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Careers outside academia: expectations, skills & preparation

Date: 13th April 2021, 0930 – 1230

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Attracting funding: writing & applying for fellowships

Date: 26th May 2021, 0930 – 1230

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Academic careers: expectations, planning & preparation

Date: 25th June 2021, 0930 – 1230

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Writing for publication in scientific journals

Date: 22nd July 2021, 0930 – 1230

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Designing publication quality figures & graphics

Date: 25th August 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.

The top ten information visualisation books for researchers

Communicating your work clearly in figures, tables and graphics is a key skill for an academic researcher, yet it is something that we are not formally taught to do. This is partly due to the fact that information visualisation is a vast field encompassing many techniques, graphic types and digital tools and we all have different requirements and backgrounds when it comes to creating graphics.

Which type of graphic?

Many different types of graphics exist and your choice of graphic depends on what you are trying to show. When displaying quantitative data, are you showing categories, distribution, relationships, hierarchy, geospatial data or something changing over time? Or do you want your graphic to show a process or method? Or perhaps you want to create a schematic or an anatomical drawing from observation? Taking the time to explore different graphic types and to critique and evaluate existing graphics in the published literature will help to make your own graphical endeavours easier. We explore different graphic types in more detail in our Electv training course, Designing publication quality figures & graphics, which runs regularly throughout the year and participants from several fields of study discuss a wide range of graphics that they want to use.

Creating publication quality graphics can be time consuming, challenging and frustrating, but it can also be a rewarding and fascinating experience. Like many other things worth doing, it takes time to learn and practice creating figures, whether it is designing a schematic or spending time to learn new software. Ask yourself what type of data you have and what type of figures do you want to create, can you find examples in the literature? 

Time & tools

The graphical representation of science has been popular since the renaissance when pioneers such as Da Vinci found that it was more effective to communicate complex concepts and findings in a graphic format, learning their highly skilled craft over many years in the best studios of the time. Fortunately, modern researchers can speed up the process by making use of the vast array of digital tools that are available to generate graphics if they invest the time required to learn them. This can bring additional challenges, as researchers have not all had the opportunity to learn the relevant software required to build the desired graphic nor do they always have the time available to learn. We will explore the different types of graphic and visualisation software in a future post.

If you would like to dive deeper into the subject of data visualisation then you may want to investigate the books listed below. These books are an excellent foundation for anyone who is interested in visualising information and they are highly regarded by data scientists, academics, industry experts and many more. We have selected our top ten, listed in alphabetical order by author below, and many are available in university libraries. We hope you enjoy them! 

The top 10 visualisation books for researchers

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The truthful art: data, charts and maps for communication

Alberto Cairo (2016)

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Show me the numbers: designing tables and graphs to enlighten

Stephen Few (2004)

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Information graphics: a comprehensive illustrated reference

RL Harris (1999)

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Designing data visualizations

Noah lliinsky N & Julie Steele  (2011)

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Data visualisation: a handbook for data driven design

Andy Kirk (2019)

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The visual display of quantitative information 

Edward Tufte (2001)

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Visual and statistical thinking: displays of evidence for making decisions

Edward Tufte (1997)

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Information visualization

Colin Ware (2004)

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Visualize this: the flowing data guide to design, visualization & statistics

Nathan Yau (2011)

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Fundamentals of data visualization: a primer on making informative and compelling figures. 

C O Wilke (2019)

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The books in this list were not written specifically for researchers, however we think you will find them useful. This is a short list and there are many other books  and papers on data visualisation, drawing scientific figures, microscopy images and more that we have not explored here, however these may be the subject of a future post. Please feel free to suggest your favourite books in the comments below.

Training course

Our upcoming Electv Training half day course, Designing publication quality figures & graphics, will be running on the morning of 19th February 2021 and will explore some of the topics above. The course will be online and open to anyone to attend, further information can be found on the course registration page.

This is a popular course and it runs every three months, the next course will be in spring 2021. If you have any questions about the course then please email us at enquiries@electv.net

Upcoming open courses in 2021

All delivered live online by the instructor via Zoom

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Designing publication quality figures & graphics

Date: 19th February 2021, 0930 – 1230

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Writing for publication in scientific journals

Date: 23rd March 2021, 0930 – 1600

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Careers outside academia: expectations, skills & preparation

Date: 13th April 2021, 0930 – 1230

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Attracting funding: writing & applying for fellowships

Date: 26th May 2021, 0930 – 1230

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Academic careers: expectations, planning & preparation

Date: 25th June 2021, 0930 – 1230

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Writing for publication in scientific journals

Date: 22nd July 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.

Writing for publication in scientific journals

Training course:

Writing for publication in scientific journals

22nd July 2021

For PhD students & early career researchers

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Dates & times

This course is a full day, live online session taught via Zoom. Participants will also be given access to an additional self-paced online course on the Electv Training Platform.

22nd July 2021, 0930 – 1600*

*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 self-paced 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

Part 1 (morning)

  • 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

Part 2 (afternoon)

  • 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 a live webinar via Zoom.

 

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 20th July. The course fees are as follows:

  • PhD student or postdoc – early bird rate:         £59 + VAT *
  • PhD student or postdoc – standard rate:          £95 + VAT
  • Corporate rate:                                                      £130 + VAT

* Early bird rate – book before 20th July.

You can book your ticket by clicking the “Register for the course” button above. Registration will give you access to the full course including: the full day, live taught online session, 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

All delivered live online by the instructor via Zoom

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Attracting funding: writing & applying for fellowships

Date: 15th January 2021, 0930 – 1230

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

Designing publication quality figures & graphics

Date: 19th February 2021, 0930 – 1230

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

Writing for publication in scientific journals

Date: 23rd March 2021, 0930 – 1600

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

Careers outside academia: expectations, skills & preparation

Date: 13th April 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

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

Academic careers: expectations, planning & preparation

Date: 15th December 2020, 0930 – 1230

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

Attracting funding: writing & applying for fellowships

Date: 15th January 2021, 0930 – 1230

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

Designing publication quality figures & graphics

Date: 19th February 2021, 0930 – 1230

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

Writing for publication in scientific journals

Date: 23rd March 2021, 0930 – 1600

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

Careers outside academia: expectations, skills & preparation

Date: 13th April 2021, 0930 – 1230

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

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.

Writing for publication in scientific journals

Training course:

Writing for publication in scientific journals

23rd March 2021

For PhD students & early career researchers

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Dates & times

This course is a full day, live online session taught via Zoom. Participants will also be given access to an additional self-paced online course on the Electv Training Platform.

Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 0930 – 1600*

*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 self-paced 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

Part 1 (morning)

  • 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

Part 2 (afternoon)

  • 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 a live webinar via Zoom.

 

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 19th March. The course fees are as follows:

  • PhD student or postdoc – early bird rate:         £59 + VAT *
  • PhD student or postdoc – standard rate:          £95 + VAT
  • Corporate rate:                                                      £130 + VAT

* Early bird rate – book before 19th March.

You can book your ticket by clicking the “Register for the course” button above. Registration will give you access to the full course including: the full day, live taught online session, 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.)

register button

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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

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

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

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

Writing for publication in scientific journals

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

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

Academic careers: expectations, planning & preparation

Date: 15th December 2020, 0930 – 1230

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

Attracting funding: writing & applying for fellowships

Date: 15th January 2021, 0930 – 1230

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

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.