Understanding the peer review and publication processes

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Publishing is an important part of sharing the outcomes of research, but the publication process and requirements may sometimes feel like a closed book. Health Systems Global (HSG) and BioMed Central, publisher of BMC Health Services Research which is affiliated with HSG, have partnered to deliver a series of five webinars to open up the peer review and publication processes. Aimed at researchers at a variety of career stages, the series covers how to prepare an article and choose the right journal, what happens during peer review, publishing models and open access, research and publication ethics and how to be a peer reviewer.

Preparing your article and submitting to a journal

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Preparing your research article starts long before you begin writing. Aimed at early career researchers, but useful for those with experience of publication, this webinar will take you through the key points to consider when preparing your article and provide advice on how to approach selecting the right journal for your work.

As part of a series of webinars jointly organised by HSG and Biomed Central exploring various aspects of publishing and the peer review process, this webinar will particularly focus on:

  • Planning your publication from the start

  • The different sections needed in an article

  • How to write an effective title and abstract

  • Reporting standards

  • Choosing a journal

  • Getting the editors’ and reviewers’ attention

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The peer review process

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What happens when you send your manuscript to a journal

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Have you ever wondered what the journal editor’s viewpoint is on your article, or what happens once you send your manuscript to a journal? This webinar will provide an overview of the peer review process with advice for authors on how to engage constructively with comments from editors and reviewers, and what to do when you disagree.

As part of a series of webinars jointly organised by HSG and Biomed Central exploring various aspects of publishing and the peer review process, this webinar will particularly focus on:

  • What happens during the peer review process

  • What Editors and reviewers are looking for

  • How decisions are made

  • How to respond to reviewers’ and editors’ comments

  • Dealing with rejection

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Publication models and open access

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Scholarly publishing presents a wide array of journals and publication models. Aimed at researchers at any stage of their career, this webinar will provide an overview of the publishing landscape, with particular emphasis on open access and innovations that can support research.

As part of a series of webinars jointly organised by HSG and BioMed Central exploring various aspects of publishing and the peer review process, this webinar will particularly focus on:

  • Publishing models and what authors need to know

  • Open science and open data

  • Models of peer review

  • Innovations and looking ahead

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Research and publication ethics

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Understanding research and publication ethics is vital for researchers, and being fully aware of the requirements is important to prevent difficulties arising. Primarily aimed at early career researchers, but relevant to those at all stages of their careers, this webinar will provide details of research and publication ethics, including how journal editors address different issues and discussion of case studies.

As part of a series of webinars jointly organised by HSG and Biomed Central exploring various aspects of publishing and the peer review process, this webinar will particularly focus on:

  • Research involving humans or animals: what do journals editors expect?

  • Consent for publication of individual cases or images

  • What is publication ethics and what are the common problems?

  • Authorship: avoiding problems

  • Clinical trial registration

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Being a peer reviewer

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Guidance and how to approach your first review

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One of the best ways to improve your own scientific writing is to become a peer reviewer, but approaching your first few reviews can be challenging. Aimed at researchers with limited or no experience of being a reviewer, or those wishing to improve their skills, this webinar will provide resources on how to peer review, and advice from editors on being a reviewer and how to get experience.

As part of a series of webinars jointly organised by HSG and BioMed Central exploring various aspects of publishing and the peer review process, this webinar will particularly focus on:

  • How to get experience of assessing manuscripts and become a peer reviewer

  • When to accept an invitation to peer review

  • The initial assessment of a manuscript and closer scrutiny

  • How to approach writing your report

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