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Writing for Biomedical Publication


for Members

Writing for Biomedical Publication

Friday, December 10, 2010

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Most junior faculty members, post-doctoral research fellows, and graduate students receive little formal training on how to publish/present the results of their work.

This comprehensive seminar covers everything from practical tips on composing the manuscript, through choosing the appropriate journal and understanding its review process, to strategies related to revision and submission.

Participants learn what the most efficient approach is for producing publishable data, how to decide who will be included as authors and in what order, how to write with maximal clarity and precision, how to avoid giving the perception of conflict of interest, and much more.

This seminar will be held at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's RRL-Auditorium, located at 430 East 67th Street between York and First Avenues.

For more information and to register, please visit


*Presentation times are subject to change.

9:00 AM

The importance of publication
Early history of scientific publication
What to/not to publish

9:30 AM

Part I: Preparing Yourself to Publish
The importance of being first
What is plagiarism?
Commitment to publish
Effective communication skills

10:30 AM

Part II: Preparation of the Manuscript
Importance of the Title of the Manuscript

10:45 AM

Coffee Break

11:00 AM

Part II (Cont'd)
Abstract and Key Words
Materials and Methods
The Results Section
Literature Citations

12:30 PM

Lunch Break (Provided for Attendees)

1:30 PM

Part III: Factors to Consider Before Submission
Selection of a Journal
Acceptance Rates
'Stature' of a Journal—Impact Factors
Access to the Article—The NIH Public Access Policy
Alternatives to Traditional Publishing (BioMed Central)
Dealing with Authorship Issues—Deciding Co-authorship

3:15 PM

Afternoon Break

3:30 PM

Part IV: Submission/Review/Resubmission
Cover Letter to the Editor
Assignment of Copyright
Conflict of Interest Issues
Understanding Journal Editors
Understanding Reviewers and Peer Review
Responding to Editors/Reviewers Concerns
Revisions, Errata and Retractions
The Importance of Trust in Publication

4:45 PM

General Discussion

5:00 PM