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16 March 2017

New BMC and HSG webinar series: Understanding the peer review and publication processes

Publishing is an important part of sharing the outcomes of research, but the publication process and requirements may sometimes feel like a closed book. 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 will cover: 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.

Information on the full series of webinars is below, but you can now register for and find out more about the first webinar on April 7th which looks at preparing your article and submitting to a journal. Further details about the other webinars in the series will be released soon, so watch this space!


Webinar 1: Preparing your article and submitting to a journal

April 7 2017, 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM BST

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.

Presented by: Hilary Logan, Editor for BMC Health Services Research and Liz Hoffman, Journal Development Manager for the health services research journals at BioMed Central.

Watch the recording and download the slides


Webinar 2: The peer review process – what happens when you send your manuscript to a journal

April 28, 2017, 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM BST

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.

Presented by: Hilary Logan, Editor for BMC Health Services Research and Diana Marshall, Publisher for the BMC-series journals.

Find out more and register now


Webinar 3: Publication models and open access

May 19 2017, 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM BST

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, particularly focusing on open access and innovations that can support research.

Presented by: Liz Hoffman, Journal Development Manager for the health services research journals at BioMed Central and Diana Marshall, Publisher for the BMC-series journals.

Find out more and register now


Webinar 4: Research and publication ethics

June 9, 2017, 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM BST

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.

Presented by: Stephanie Boughton, Medical Editor, Research Integrity Group at BioMed Central.


Webinar 5: Being a peer reviewer – guidance and how to approach your first review

June 23 2017, 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM BST

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.

Presented by: Hilary Logan, Editor for BMC Health Services Research and academic editors from BioMed Central journals.


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