Writing and Publishing Environmental Epidemiology Research Papers

Purpose and learning objectives:

The overall goal of the workshop will be to provide information, skills, and tactics that will help researchers from low- and middle- income countries write and publish their research.

Aim 1: To learn basic and advanced skills for writing an effective and publishable results paper.

Objectives: Understand standard elements and approaches for writing the abstract, introduction, methods, results, and discussion sections; and learn how to develop useful and effective tables and figures, organize references using open-source software (e.g. Mendeley), manage coauthors, obtain feedback from mentors and peers, and identify and work with an English language editor.

Aim 2: To learn skills and tactics for getting a results paper published. Objectives: Understand the publication process and learn how to select an appropriate target journal, communicate with journal editors and staff, and write an effective response to reviewers.

Aim 3: To understand ethical issues and requirements. Objectives: Understand and be able to identify conflicts of interest, plagiarism, duplicate publication, and scientific misconduct; and understand and comply with  journal ethics and conflict of interest requirements.

This workshop is organized within the context of the activities performed by the Capacity Building committee of ISEE. The two presenters (Jane Schroeder and Berna van Wendel de Joode) will begin by discussing the basic elements of a standard results paper, simple approaches to writing clearly and concisely, how to develop and use effective tables and figures, how to identify and work with coauthors, and the importance of English language editing and feedback from mentors and peers. Next we will provide an overview of the publication process, discuss how to identify an appropriate target journal and improve interactions with journal editors and staff, and provide recommendations for responding to reviewers. The last portion of the workshop will focus on ethical issues, including plagiarism, duplicate publication, scientific misconduct, and conflict of interest. We will use examples based on our experience, recommend reading material and other resources that participants can refer to after the workshop, and will encourage questions and discussion during the workshop. We also hope to link interested workshop participants with mentors who can help them to apply what they learn in the workshop as they write and submit their papers.