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The Writing Series: Choosing a Journal
Course Description:

This course complements the self-paced course ‘The writing series: Writing and Publishing a Research Paper’ by providing a chance to ask questions of expert trainers about choosing a journal.

Please Note: To attend this session you must be enrolled on 'The Writing Series: Writing and Publishing a Research Paper' and should have watched the videos on Choosing a Journal.

To forge a career in academia, you need to publish research papers in peer-reviewed journals. This video session will enable you to discuss and ask questions about the material on choosing a journal in the self-paced course ‘The writing series – Writing and Publishing a Research Paper’. To attend this session you need to be enrolled on the self-paced course and should have watched the videos in Part 3 (journals). There will be discussion in small groups, an exercise or two and time for questions. 

This session will cover: 

  • The audience of a journal
  • Impact metrics
  • Open access
  • ‘Megajournals’
  • Getting published faster
  • ‘Predatory’ journals
  • Preprints

This course is provided by Cofactor (http://cofactorscience.com). It has been developed by Cofactor founder Anna Sharman, an experienced researcher trainer who has been a postdoc, an in-house biology journal editor and a publishing consultant. Zoom sessions will be facilitated by two of Cofactor‘s experienced associate trainers, who have been selected and trained by Anna.


By the end of this course you will: 

  • Have considered your own priorities when it comes to publishing your paper
  • Be aware of the limitations of relying on journal impact metrics alone
  • Know the options available to you for your paper, which may be broader than you thought
  • Know how to search for journals and narrow down your choices to a few suitable ones
Intended Audience:
This course is suitable for researchers at all levels, including those who are starting to write their first paper for a journal and those who have already written and published several papers. It can be taken by researchers in all areas of academia but the examples used are mostly from science, technology, medicine and social sciences.
Target Audience: UCL Research Staff and PG Research students only
22/02/2022 - 22/02/2022  (Enrol between 01/01/2022 and 15/02/2022) Enrol

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