UCL Learning Portfolio


The Writing Series: Writing and Publishing a Research Paper
Course Description:

Learn how to structure and write a research paper, choose a suitable journal and get it through peer review. A course to follow at your own pace online, with videos, forums and exercises.

To forge a career in academia, you need to publish research papers in peer-reviewed journals. This self-paced online course will help you structure and write journal papers and get them published in the most effective way. You will get insider insights from an expert who knows journals from many angles. The course is for researchers in all fields, though the examples provided are mostly in science, technology, medicine and social sciences.

This course will cover:

  • Writing style for journals
  • The writing process
  • Structuring a paper
  • The title and abstract
  • Choosing a journal
  • Peer review

As part of this course there will be a regular opportunity to mix with other participants on this course in Cofactor’s virtual training centre in Gather (http://gather.town). Here you can mingle in pairs or small groups, ask Anna questions one to one, and network. Participants in similar courses from other universities may also be present at these sessions.

Please Note: There are also four complementary courses run by Cofactor providing live video sessions where you can work on exercises, ask questions and discuss this material. These each take place once per term.

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.


By the end of this course you will:

  • Know what aspects of the paper to focus on the most
  • Have a set of key sentences written about your next paper
  • Be well on the way to putting these sentences together into an abstract
  • Understand the most important criteria to use when choosing a journal
  • Know how to deal with the decision of the journal
  • Have a treasure trove of up-to-date tips on academic writing and how journals work
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
04/10/2021 -  (Enrol between 04/10/2021 and Open) Enrol

Back to MyLearning Catalogue