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Get your paper published

This one-day workshop will guide you through a step-by step formula, backed by linguistic research, that takes the uncertainty, confusion and inefficiency out of the paper-writing process, regardless of your level of experience.

If you're keen to forge a career involving research, one of the most valuable things you can do is master the art of scientific writing.

The ability to write a convincing scientific paper is such a rare skill that learning how to do it will set you ahead of your competition in terms of publishing your data, landing and keeping your ideal position, and obtaining fellowships and grants.

The good news is that - just like doing statistical analyses - writing original research papers is a learn-able skill. You don't need to be a literary genius (or even a native English speaker) to be able to write papers that are publishable in high-ranking journals - you just need to know the "formula".

This one-day workshop is based on extensive linguistic research into the essential elements of successfully published peer reviewed research papers. It will guide you thorough a step-by step formula that will help you get published in peer-reviewed journals - faster, with more impact.

About the tutor

Professor Amanda Salis is a full-time obesity researcher with expertise spanning basic research, randomized controlled trials, qualitative research, systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Her proven track record in writing publishable papers comes from her over 175 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, including Cell Metabolism, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Diabetes, Nature Medicine, Genes and Development, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Biological Chemistry and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Her research is funded by NHMRC Project Grants and a current NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship.

Amanda is adept at researcher training, having helped over 1,000 early and middle career researchers in Australia, Norway, Saudia Arabia and Switzerland with her popular workshops on how to 'Get your paper published', and how to 'Blow your own trumpet' for fellowship and promotion applications.

Who is this workshop for?

  • honours students
  • postgraduate research students
  • junior post-doctoral fellows
  • doctors
  • other healthcare professionals
  • anyone who wants to improve their confidence and efficiency in writing original research papers in biomedical research (e.g. basic, clinical, qualitative, epidemiology, population health)
As this is a hands-on practical workshop, it is best suited to those who already have a set of analyzed original research results that are ready to be written up as a paper, or an early draft of an original paper or systematic review - with or without meta-analysis (not a narrative review). 


Perth (UWA)
Friday 6 July 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Some free vacation parking is available in yellow student parking bays at UWA on a first come first served basis - please read signage before parking to avoid fines

Sydney (UTS)
Thursday 26 July 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Exact venue to be advised


8:30 am
Workshop introduction
Structure of original research articles - save time by getting your scaffolding right
How to write a Results section that speaks for itself (Part 1)
Legends - save time by getting them right first time, every time
10:00 am
Morning tea

10:15 am
How to write a Results section that speaks for itself (Part 2)
Display items - a picture can paint a thousand words (if you know how)
Promoting flow: write in a way that's easy to read, and believe
Writing your Materials and Methods section

12:00 pm
Lunch (not provided, but there are cafés nearby)

12:45 pm
Crafting a compelling Introduction - the make or break part of your paper

2:30 pm
Afternoon tea

2:45 pm
Composing your discussion - not as hard as you may think
Titles and abstracts
Authorship issues and additional resources

4:30 pm
End of workshop

Workshop requirements

Essential: a paper (or electronic) copy of an original research paper or systematic review - with or without meta-analysis (not a narrative review) on a topic similar to your own, from a journal you'd like to publish your research in.

Desirable: a paper (or electronic) copy of a set of analyzed original research results that are ready to be written up as an original research paper or systematic review, or an early draft of your manuscript. Please note that this is a hands-on, practical workshop; you will be invited to write key elements of your paper based on the data that you bring to the workshop.


$360 plus GST ($36), including morning and afternoon tea.
Workshop resources will be made available to course registrants via e-mail.

Refund policy

We regret that no refunds or deferrals will be provided. If you are unable to attend the workshop, you may send a replacement if you notify Professor Amanda Salis at least 1 week prior to the workshop.