Workshops & Webinars

Your advice and experience were invaluable for us- first in sharpening our initial manuscript submission and cover letter, and then later, she was also able to coach us through the review and post-review process. Working with LSE, you get to make a ‘first submission’ to a seasoned editor–and then have extensive feedback/suggestions and a chance to adjust the paper before entering the review process.

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 training programs covering topics such as writing a scientific article and success in grant writing. Some examples are listed below.

Seminar/Webinar (any number of participants, 1- to 3-hour session including ample time for questions) – $600/hr

Multi-session, Hands-On Workshop (up to 15 participants, multiple 1- to 1.5-hour sessions, includes in-class exercise and/or homework) – $650/hr

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Life Science Editors Co-Founder & Co-CEO Dr. Helen Pickersgill giving a workshop at an EMBO Young Investigator Meeting.

Writing a Scientific Article

Aimed at PhD students and postdocs – particularly 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.

Content can include:

  • Getting started, message and story
  • Choice of journal, audience and some principles of good style
  • Figures, legends and Results section
  • Discussion and Introduction
  • Abstract, Title and ‘other’ sections
  • The publishing process, cover letters, appeals and responses to reviewers

Success in Grant Writing for Early Investigators

This workshop provides orientation, guidance, and tips on successful grant writing for early investigators. It can be focused on awards from different agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health or European Research Council.

Content can include:

  • Getting started: story and audience
  • Writing style
  • The review process
  • Grant mechanisms at the 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

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 understand what journal editors are looking and what happens to your manuscript after you click “Submit”? As a sneak peak, our editor Angela prepared this 10 minute talk when she was a Technical Writer at OMRF with Dr. Judith James in the Arthritis & Clinical Immunology Research Program.

Content can include:

  • How to maximize scientific impact
  • Insider insights into the editorial process
  • How to appeal a decision

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Cartoon by Nick Kim (; used by permission.

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 can tell you about life as a Scientific Editor and what it takes to become one.


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