Location

Face to face
Wallingford

Cost

from £179

Date

-
6 & 7 December 2022

The feedback on the online course on 1 & 2 March 2022 was 100% positive.

Please sign up online here for 6 & 7 December 2022 Wallingford

Please express your interest in future (online) courses here so we can fix more dates.

Date:

Tue 6 Dec 2022 1 pm - Wed 7 Dec 2022 12;30

The next online course will run in spring/ summer 2023.

Cost: 

Students:  £179   

Professionals:  £239

A limited number of early-bird discount tickets are available until 31 July, thereafter £30 more.

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.  All exercises will take place in small groups.

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

Hardware and Software requirements:

Please bring a laptop or tablet, so you can edit your abstract as part of the exercises.

Places: 

max 20 learners per event

Level:

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

Course Leader:

Prof. Andrew Johnson, UK Centre for Ecology & HydrologyAndrew 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. In 2022, Andrew featured on the inaugural ENDS Power List of the 100 UK environmental professionals who have made the greatest impact in the past two years.

Target Audience:

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

Previous course participants said:

"This was an extremely useful and engaging course, thank you."
(Sally Derrett, Sheffield University, 2 March 2022)

"Having the breakout groups was really good. It allowed everyone to be active in the course exercises. I also enjoyed the type of exercises/activities done in the breakout groups. Great way to learn."
(learner in March 2022)

"This really was an excellent course - well organised, well presented and well run. I would highly recommend it to colleagues as an extremely useful aid in writing papers, at any stage of your career."
(learner in March 2022)        

If you would like to arrange for an in-house training workshop on this topic, please contact Dr Ingo Schüder  UKCEHtraining@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.

 

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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?