Live, editor-led workshops on scientific writing and publishing

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Workshops led by two Nature Portfolio journal editors

1-to-1 interaction with editors including abstract review session

Highly interactive workshops with active discussions and activities 

Examples and exercises tailored to participants' research area

Participants receive workbook with activities and additional online resources


Live workshops, available in-person or virtually

1-day and 2-day in-person agendas

3-5 sessions virtual agendas

25-30 researchers

Classroom or cabaret style


Early- and mid-career researchers

Researchers of mixed disciplines, or the workshop content can be tailored to one of four disciplines: life sciences, physical sciences, clinical research, or earth sciences

For global institutions

Workshops on scientific writing and publishing

Nature Masterclasses workshops on scientific writing and publishing, delivered by Nature Portfolio editors, give researchers an unparalleled insight into publishing at top journals. 

The workshops provide a unique overview of the writing process and what to include in each section of the paper and the publishing process at highly selective journals. The editors will share their expert insight into what makes an exemplary paper and will discuss how participants can improve their scientific writing skills to create a polished manuscript ready for publication.

Meet Nature Portfolio editors

Every workshop is delivered by journal editors from Nature Portfolio to offer researchers first-hand insight into publishing at top journals.

Researchers have the chance to ask questions and interact one-to-one with editors.

There is also an opportunity for researchers to bring their own draft abstract to discuss with editors.

Highly interactive and practical

Short lectures from the editors are interspersed with practical exercises, group discussions, and Q&A with the editors to put learned content into practice and promote active learning. 

Best practices are discussed using real examples from Nature Portfolio publications tailored to the participants research area.

This was an excellent course and I would definitely recommend it... The opportunity to go through my abstract with the editors was fantastic. 

The exercises were comprehensive and interaction with the editors was superb. In general, being exposed to real manuscripts submitted to Nature journals and their detailed review process was a great way to learn about the publication process.

Content was excellent and well thought out. Mixture of 1-2-1 sessions, practical, and taught sessions worked very well

In-person and virtual sample agendas

Tailored to each institution


Institutions can choose to host a one-day or two-day workshop focused on writing, publishing, or the entire writing and publishing process. 

We offer flexibility for in-person workshops. Agenda topics can be swapped around and timings adjusted to spend more or less time on particular topics. Virtual workshops have a set agenda.


We recommend a maximum of 30 researchers per workshop. To train a greater number of researchers, institutions can host two one-day workshops. 

To train new cohorts of researchers, institutions can request a series of workshops spread throughout one year or over two to three years, granting a multi-workshop discount.


Every researcher receives a handout pack containing a workbook and journal. The workbook is customized for each workshop and branded with the host institution's logo.

Every institution receives a post-workshop wrap-up report containing feedback from their researchers — collected via a questionnaire at the end of the workshop.

Subject area

Our workshops can cater for researchers with mixed subject areas or be tailored by subject area. Editors can be matched as closely as possible so that researchers hear from editors in their discipline. The editors also use discipline-relevant examples throughout the workshop.

Examples of previous subject-tailored workshops:

Animal virology
Atmospheric physics
Biomedical imaging
Chemical engineering
Climate change
Diabetes and insulin
Intelligent manufacturing
Marine science
Metabolic engineering

Host a workshop to support objectives

Improve the quality of your department's publication output to grow your impact in the field

Equip your researchers with the skills and knowledge to support their career and professional development

Researchers with greater publishing experience can aim higher with their next journal submissions

Workshops worldwide

200+ institutions from over 25 countries have hosted a Nature Masterclasses workshop. (Read more about workshops in Australia, Canada, France and the UK).

Researcher feedback in 2022


felt 'there was plenty of opportunity to ask questions'


rated the workshops as 'good' or 'excellent'


agreed 'I will be able to apply what I have learnt to my work'

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