from £209


1 & 2 March 2022

The feedback on the online course on 7 & 8 July was 94% positive.

"This course was great at having all participants engage. Many online webinars are not as engaging. My ability to quickly write clear, engaging manuscripts will improve after taking this course." (Kelsey Archer Barnhill, Edinburgh University, 12 November 2020)

Please book the online course 1 & 2 March 2022 here!

Please express your interest in future in-person courses here so we can fix more dates.


Students: £209   

Professionals: £269

Short Course Description:

This interactive online 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. We will run this workshop using Zoom. All exercises will take place in small virtual breakout rooms.

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:

You will need a laptop, desktop or tablet. You can also join by smartphone, but this is not recommended.

A second computer screen is helpful, but not essential.

We will use Zoom for this interactive online learning. You do not need a Zoom account to join. Please check if your device is compatible with Zoom and if you can download the mini Zoom applet here: https://ukri.zoom.us/test 

We list a number of guidance documents on how to use Zoom on our FAQ page. We will also explain the full Zoom functionality at the start of the course.


max 20 learners per event


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

Course Leader:

Prof. Andrew Johnson, UK 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:

"How engaging the course was - there were many opportunities to contribute and the use of frequent breakout groups aided understanding." (learner feedback from July 2021)

"The group activities involving examples of published titles, abstracts etc. were really interesting and useful." (learner feedback from July 2021)

“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."

"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)

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.


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?