How to write highly cited papers

how to write research (C) McmScience (free commercial use licence)

This workshop last ran successfully in February 2019 in Wallingford and Lancaster.

97% of learners rated the course as "very good" or "excellent".

Locations and Dates:

Lancaster 29 Jan 2020     Sign up online now here! (credit and debit cards accepted)

Wallingford 15 Jan 2020   Sign up online now here! (credit and debit cards accepted)

How to get there:

Cost:

Students £179 (Early Bird rate, then £209)

Professionals £239 (Early Bird rate, then £269)

Early bird rates end 16/9/2019. Sign up closes 6 days before the event.

"Very knowledgeable, brilliant information and tips, fantastic." - "Good course, well-structured and very useful! Also useful reference material and best practice. " (learner feedback from 5 February 2019)

Short Course Description:

This interactive workshop will boost your confidence and ability to write a great science paper that will be cited again and again. Here is a little taster video introducing you to the course and course leader Prof. Andrew Johnson.

The course will run with a mixed audience of external learners and CEH staff and PhD students.

This workshop focusses on getting high citations. The workshop will study the following using group and individual exercises:

  • How to write a good title
  • How to write a good abstract
  • Thinking about your audience
  • Maintaining a narrative thread and not submerging your audience in too many messages
  • Finding a transparent scientific language
  • Marshalling your argument
  • Using figures
  • Ending in a clean conclusion
  • Social media and other forms of promotion

Accommodation:

Not provided.

Please see our guide to accommodation near CEH Wallingford.

Please see our guide to accommodation near CEH Lancaster.

Places: 

max 20 external learners per event

Level:

Suitable for anyone whether you have published none or one hundred papers!

Course Leader:

Prof. Andrew Johnson, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Andrew has been an active researcher for the past 27 years.  As of May 2017 the Web of Science reports 113 papers with over 4,000 citations giving an H-index of 35. 10 papers have now passed over 100 citations each.

Target Audience:

MSc & PhD students/researchers, industry, environmental consultancies, public sector

Previous course participants said:

I found the course exceptionally helpful. It was delivered by Andrew Johnson from a position of great experience and in a very engaging style. 

"Very knowledgeable, brilliant information and tips, fantastic."

"Good Course, well-structured and very useful! Also useful reference material and best practice."

Lancaster 29 Jan 2020        Sign up online now here! (credit and debit cards accepted)

Wallingford 15 Jan 2020     Sign up online now here! (credit and debit cards accepted)

If you would like to arrange for an in-house training workshop on this topic, please contact Dr Ingo Schüder  ingsch@ceh.ac.uk or call 01491 69 2225

More background information:

Andrew has now published a book together with John Sumpter: How to be a better Scientist.

how to be a better scientist_Johnson & Sumpter

There are many ways to gauge the success and effectiveness of our scientific work.  Whilst by no means perfect, citations are probably the fairest method we have available.  Not only for us as individuals, but also for our Research Centre or University, getting our work more widely known through citations is now important and will become vital for our future.  To increase our citations we could double, treble, or quadruple the number of papers we produce each year without changing their quality.  Alternatively, we could focus on ensuring the papers we do produce become better cited. 

This workshop focus is on getting high citations, this is not necessarily the same thing as getting into top journals. Whilst this workshop is focused on finding ways for you to increase the number of citations to your own work, perhaps an alternative way to look at is to consider what increases the chances of you citing someone else’s work?