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Partnering with Nature Research Academies to support students with publication
Case Study: University of Copenhagen
Partnering with Nature Research Academies to support students with publication
Industry
Higher education
Health and medical sciences
Objectives
High quality publications
Medical research
Career support
Strategy
Training workshop
Graduate students

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND), University of CopenhagenBackground

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND) is part of the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and contributes to the understand­ing of disease and it’s prevention, health promotion, diagnostics and treatment.

SUND is one of the largest faculties for health and medical sciences in Europe. In addition to its 1,350 researchers and 1,550 PhD students, the Faculty is home to 7,800 graduate students – future doctors, dentists, veterinarians, and pharmacists and health science professionals.

Challenge

Many of SUND’s 7,800 graduate students will start publishing their work to share their research and contribute to scientific development; collectively the Faculty generates over 21,000 publications each year.

The leaders of two graduate study programs at SUND (Neuroscience and Molecular Medicine) felt their graduate students were learning too late how to navigate the publishing process, and often learning through experience alone. Furthermore, the majority of students lacked an inside view into the editorial process at journals.

Strategy

To give their graduate students the opportunity to develop their writing and publishing skills earlier in their careers, and to help them really get ‘behind the scenes’ of what it takes to publish, SUND’s Neuroscience and Molecular Medicine study programs invited the publisher, Nature Research, to provide on-site training.

On 29-30 October 2019, the Nature Research training service, Nature Research Academies, ran a two-day training workshop at the Faculty. Around 60 graduate students from the Neuroscience and Molecular Medicine program attended.

The workshop covered a comprehensive range of publishing topics including: Effective Academic Writing, Logical Manuscript Structure, Publishing Ethics, Effective Submission Strategies and Successfully Navigating Peer Review and Editorial Decisions. The training was delivered by Dr Jeffrey Robens, a publishing expert from Nature Research who has conducted 200+ Nature Research Academies workshops worldwide.

Outcome

Hosting the Nature Research Academies workshop has enabled SUND to equip its graduate students with important knowledge and skills in how to write, submit, and publish manuscripts. When asked to rate the workshop, the attendees gave the following feedback:

  • 100% felt the workshop overall was either excellent (92.3%) or good (7.7%)
  • 100% strongly agreed the trainer was knowledgeable
  • 100% either strongly agreed (94.9%) or agreed (5.1%) that the topics were relevant
  • 100% either strongly agreed (92.3%) or agreed (7.7%) that the slides were engaging
  • 100% either strongly agreed (94.9%) or agreed (5.1%) that they will able to apply what they have learned
  • 100% either strongly agreed (87.2%) or agreed (12.8%) that they feel more confident in writing and submitting manuscripts

“The best seminar on writing and navigation of journal article submission I have ever attended.”

“All of it was really good! I’ve learned so many things and will for sure use much of it in the future when writing, submitting, revising papers.”

Looking to the future, the Faculty and students can use the Nature Research Academies insights to improve the quality of their publications and achieve success with their publications.

On behalf of Dr Jeffrey Robens, we would like to wish SUND’s Neuroscience and Molecular Medicine programs every success and we look forward to working with SUND again in the future.

“It was the best workshop I have attended during my scientific career.”

Student Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen
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