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Essential Training and Career Development

Our unique experience as former journal editors, grant specialists and academic directors gives you unfiltered, behind-the-scenes knowledge packaged into tailored training programs covering topics such as writing a scientific article and success in grant writing. Some examples are listed below.

Please contact us at editors@lifescienceeditors.com for more details.

Workshops and Webinars are $750/1.5 hour session.

Workshop 1: Writing a Scientific Article

Aimed at  PhD students and postdocs – ideally those who are about to write a paper. This series aims to guide you in how to approach writing a paper; to analyze good practice and discuss common mistakes; to help you write clear, concise and precise English; to give you practice writing the various components of a manuscript and personal feedback on your written work, and to facilitate constructive interactions with journal editors. Up to six 1.5 hour workshops for up to 15 participants.

Content includes:

  • Getting started, message, narrative and story
  • Audience, journal and figure legends
  • Building a Results section and Discussion
  • The Introduction, Abstract and Title
  • The publishing process, cover letters, appeals and responses to reviewers

Workshop 2: Success in Grant Writing for Early Investigators

This workshop provides orientation, guidance, and tips on successful grant writing for early investigators, and can be covered in one or two 1.5 hour workshops for up to 15 participants. It can be focused on R01s or ERCs, and includes the following points:

  • Getting started: story and audience.
  • Writing style.
  • The review process.
  • Grant mechanisms at NIH, specifically R01s.
    • Focus on individual sections: Specific Aims – rationale and hypotheses.
    • Significance and Innovation.
    • Approach: outcomes and pitfalls.
    • Gantt Charts.
  • ERCs
    • Focus on individual sections: B1 and B2.
    • Presenting a high-risk, high-gain proposal.
    • Approach: rigor and risk management.

Workshop 3: How to Get Your Paper Published

Aimed at senior Post-docs and PIs. Getting papers published is a fundamental part of being a successful scientist. But, it has become harder to stand out from the crowd, and even some of the best scientists find it difficult to get published, particularly in the top journals. It helps to know how to write a good paper and to understand what the journal editors are looking for. One of our experienced Editors can hold a “How to get your paper published” workshop or webinar for your lab or institute, ranging from one to six 1.5-hour sessions (including 30 minutes of Q&A) for up to 15 people.

Content includes:

  • How to maximize scientific impact
  • Insider insights into the editorial process
  • How to appeal a decision
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Cartoon by Nick Kim (lab-initio.com); used by permission.

Workshop 4: Career Planning: Professional Editor

Over half of all doctorates leave academia. Identifying the right career can be tough, so it helps to do some forward planning and get expert advice. Many scientists are interested in science editing and communication. Our Editors successfully transitioned from Post-doc to Editor at a top science journal. We would be happy to present a career talk followed by a group discussion for PhD students and Post-docs. We will tell you about life as a Scientific Editor and what it takes to become one. This webinar is 1.5 hour (including 30 minutes of Q&A) for up to 15 people.

Workshop 5: The Editorial Process

What happens to your manuscript after you click “Submit”? This short video gives you some insight into how editors make their decisions – from sending the manuscript out for review, to choosing reviewers, to assessing reviewer input. Our perspective is based on our experiences overseeing the review process for hundreds of papers when we were editors at Cell, Science, Science Translational Medicine, and Neuron. Angela prepared this talk when she was a Technical Writer at OMRF with Dr. Judith James in the Arthritis & Clinical Immunology Research Program. We offer a more elaborate 1.5 hour webinar (including 30 minutes of Q&A) on The Editorial Process for up to 15 people.

 

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