Brain Sciences


Writing workshop and Q&A: Writing a research paper for a general audience

10 October 2023, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm

Writing workshop

This workshop and Q&A will outline techniques for writing a research paper for a general audience.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff






Niko Steinbeis


UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
Room B10, 17-19 Queen Square London WC1N 3AZ

We are delighted to be hosting Dr Mary Sutherland, Senior Editor at Nature covering Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr Sutherland will be visiting UCL on the 10th and 11th of October. During her stay she will be giving a workshop aimed at junior researchers on writing a research paper for a general audience, as well as more general talk on the editorial process at Nature / Nature portfolio. Dr Sutherland will also be available for individual meetings with PIs who would like to discuss their research. Please see below for more details.

This workshop and Q&A will outline techniques for writing a clear, compelling and concise article that will appeal both to specialists and a broad audience. She will explain what editors and reviewers often look for in papers, how to develop an engaging title and abstract, and how to structure your paper. Additionally, she will go over some best practices for statistical reporting and review some principles that can help you ensure your figures are clear and compelling.

This will be the first event with Dr Sutherland. The second event will be a talk and Q&A on 11th October. If you'd like to join the 2nd session, please click here.

Given space limitations it is necessary to sign up for each of the two presentations via Eventbrite.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a 45-minute slot to discuss your research with Dr Sutherland, please contact Niko Steinbeis (n.steinbeis@ucl.ac.uk).