Writing Quality Papers

10 steps to getting published in your target journal

This course will take you through every aspect of writing a high-quality academic paper, understanding the publication process and how to get your paper read once it’s published.

Is this course right for me?

Yes if:

  • You want to understand more about how to target journals and to publish your research successfully.

  • You are looking to lead author your first paper or article but unsure of the publication process.

  • You want to sharpen your writing skills so you can aim for higher impact journals and publish your research project.


Access the course now and invest in this key part of your career.

5 star rating

Very useful to de-mystify the internal journal processes

Postdoctoral Researcher

I prefer face-to-face teaching, but this was one of the best virtual teaching sessions I have attended.

I prefer face-to-face teaching, but this was one of the best virtual teaching sessions I have attended.

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5 star rating

A different approach with great ideas!

PhD Candidate

I felt I would benefit from extra help in guiding me through getting my papers in better shape which it did - so thank you.

I felt I would benefit from extra help in guiding me through getting my papers in better shape which it did - so thank you.

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5 star rating

Excellent advice on how to approach an Editor

PhD Candidate

It was very helpful to systematically examine the structure of articles from my target journal to inform my writing.

It was very helpful to systematically examine the structure of articles from my target journal to inform my writing.

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  • Once signed up, you’ll have access to a suite of videos and worksheets. These will guide you through the task of scoping, planning and writing your paper.

  • Together the units show you how to create a clear central message, selecting information for a compelling narrative and reverse-engineering existing papers to understand the structures that work best.

  • This will enable you to create a paper that contains your research while tailoring it to the publication you hope it will publish.

Chapters & Lessons:

  • 2

    The publication process

    • What is a paper? (6 minutes)

    • Quiz

    • Gatekeepers and the publication process (5 minutes)

    • Quiz

    • Core journals and gatekeepers (5 minutes)

    • Quiz

  • 3

    Analysing structure

    • Why structure? (4 minutes)

    • Quiz

    • Exploring sample structures (10 minutes)

    • Quiz

  • 4

    Creating a journal-led map

    • Mapping and visualisation (4 minutes)

    • Quiz

  • 5

    Determining your message

    • What is a message? (4 minutes)

    • Quiz

    • Refining your message (4 minutes)

    • Quiz

  • 6

    Authorship issues

    • Agreeing on authorship (6 minutes)

    • Quiz

  • 7

    Building narratives

    • Common narrative structures (2 minutes)

    • Quiz

    • Narrative patterns - Introductions can be seen as information funnels (9 minutes)

    • Quiz

  • 8

    Select information

    • Adding key points & strategic referencing (3 minutes)

    • Quiz

  • 9

    Deciding on order

    • Deciding on order (2 minutes)

    • Quiz

  • 10

    Writing with purpose

    • Blocks to writing (3 minutes)

    • Quiz

    • Write purposefully! (6 minutes)

    • Quiz

  • 11

    Revising for clarity

    • Packing paragraphs (5 minutes)

    • Quiz

    • Questions of style (5 minutes)

    • Quiz

    • Asking for and responding to feedback (4 minutes)

    • Quiz

  • 12

    Building abstracts and what to do post-publication

    • Building abstracts and post-publication considerations (6 minutes)

    • Quiz

    • Post-publication success (4 minutes)

  • 13

    Recap

    • Recap (1 minute)

    • Feedback

    • Additional courses

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FAQ's

  • How much content is provided within the course?

    There are 120 minutes of video content plus worksheets and quizzes.

  • How much time should I set aside for each chapter?

    We recommend spending 1 hour per chapter on the video content, worksheets and quizzes. There are 12 chapters in total = 12 hours.

  • How long we do we recommend to complete the course?

    The course follows the process of writing a paper or article. You can comfortably complete the course in 14 days. However, if you’d like to use the course in parallel with writing your paper or article, you may need to enrol for 1 month or 3 months.

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