Sample Two-Day Workshop
Nature Masterclasses workshops can be one-, two- or three-day. Below is an example of a two-day agenda.
Nature Masterclasses workshops can vary from one-day to three-day, depending on your institution's requirements.
We'll work with you to put together an agenda based on your needs. For a one-day workshop we recommend 6-8 modules, which will be covered in short lectures, and 2-4 activities.
Below is an example of a two-day workshop agenda.
09:00 Welcome and Introductions
09:30 What Makes a Great Paper: What top-tier journal editors look for in a manuscript, with examples from Nature Research publications
10:15 Activity 1: You’re the editor!
10:30 Figure Presentation: An interactive module on designing clear and informative figures and tables
11:30 Elements of Writing Style: The golden rules of writing and structuring the text in your paper
12:00 Titles and Abstracts: How to create an engaging and brief Title and Abstract
12:30 Activity 2: Writing a Title
13:45 From Introduction to Conclusion: A guide to structuring each part of the paper to facilitate clear writing
14:30 Submitting your Paper: Submission procedures, making a case to editors, and tips on structuring and writing a good cover letter
15:00 Activity 3: Pitching your Research
16:00 Writing a Review: How to write a Review Article for a top journal
16:30 End of day and homework
Homework: Please bring along a printed version of a recent, unpublished paper or conference abstract for the editor to review with you. It needn’t be publishable or in a final form. Try to keep a word limit of 200 words.
09.15 Activity 1: Reviewing your abstracts (homework). An editor discusses your abstract with you one-to-one.
11:15 The Editorial Process and Peer Review: An overview of editorial processes at top tier journals and of peer-review, tips on writing rebuttal letters when responding to reviewer’s comments, and how to be a good peer reviewer yourself
13:15 Activity 2: Assessing Referee Reports
14:00 Activity 3: Assessing the Rebuttal
14:45 Writing a Research Summary: Techniques for creating a balanced and engaged summary paragraph
15:15 Plagiarism and Other Ethical Issues: Why misconduct happens, what it looks like and what to do about it
15:45 Activity 4: Best Practice in Scientific Publishing
16.30 End of day
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