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Researcher Services

Nature Research Academies

Researcher Services

Support your researchers with our high-quality training workshops. The workshops cover a variety of topics including how to publish, how to apply for research positions, how to give quality peer review, and how to manage a successful journal.

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Drawing on our vast experience within Nature Research, we have developed a series of training workshops called Nature Research Academies to help researchers succeed in today’s competitive academic landscape.

Choice of workshops

Nature Research Academies offers a variety of different workshops, including:

  1. Getting Published: Early- and mid-career researchers learn how to publish in international journals.
  2. Applying for Research Positions: Graduate students and postdocs learn how to find and secure the right research position.
  3. Scientific Communication: Researchers of all levels learn how to communicate their research to a broad audience.
  4. Peer Review: Postdocs and faculty learn how to give high-quality peer review.
  5. Journal Editing: Current and aspiring journal editors learn how to manage successful journals.
  6. Clinical Research Methodology: Clinical researchers learn how to write solid research protocols and avoid problems in data collection and analysis.
  7. Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses: Clinical researchers learn how to conduct a high-quality systematic review and meta-analysis.
  8. Bioethics: Clinical researchers learn how to ethically conduct research with human participants.

High-quality

  • All workshop content is reviewed and approved by Nature Research editors to ensure high-quality training.
  • 98.8% of workshop participants are ‘very satisfied’ or ‘satisfied’. (Survey results from over 2,900 participants, 2017).
  • Every institution receives a report after their workshop, containing participant feedback on the value of the training.

Objectives

  • Support the professional development of your researchers
  • Raise the quality and visibility of your institution’s publication output and journals
  • Grow the international profile of your institution

I wanted to show my genuine gratitude for your enthusiastic and inspiring teaching. I have acquired profound insights about writing professionally and I hope I can make huge strides in my own academic research. – Graduate student, China

Thank you for a great boost! The presenter was very well qualified, experienced, and polite. The overall presentation was great. Every idea and every statement of the presenter was very meaningful and valuable. – Faculty, Russia

 

Workshops for up to 250 participants

 

Getting Published

Early- and mid-career researchers learn how to successfully publish in international journals and maximize their impact in the field

  • 1- or 2-day workshop
  • For up to 250 early- and mid-career researchers

Objective

Publishing is an integral part of the research process. However, it is not enough to simply publish research. It needs to be published in the appropriate journals to reach the right audience and be communicated clearly to have impact in the field. This workshop aims to help early- and mid-career researchers learn effective publishing strategies to achieve these goals.

Tailored by subject area

  1. Physical sciences and engineering
  2. Clinical research and medicine
  3. Life sciences
  4. Social sciences

Sample agenda

A 1-day workshop includes your choice of 3-4 modules, while the 2-day workshop includes 7-8 modules. Or if you would like to place special attention on some modules, we can extend modules or create a 1-day agenda devoted to a particular module.

  1. Introduction to academic publishing
  2. Publication ethics
  3. Effective academic writing
  4. Manuscript structure
  5. Manuscript discoverability
  6. Submission strategies
  7. Navigating peer review and monitoring your impact
  8. Impressive academic presentations

 

Applying for Research Positions

Graduate students and postdocs learn how to find and secure the right research position.

  • 1-day workshop
  • For up to 100 graduate students and postdocs

Objective

Finding the most appropriate research position for graduating students and postdocs can be a formidable task, and one that will further shape the researcher’s career. Therefore, this pivotal transition step needs to be done carefully and thoughtfully. This 1-day workshop aims to give these transitioning researchers the necessary skills to find and secure the right research position for their next step in the careers.

Sample agenda

  1. Finding job opportunities
  2. Contacting the employer
  3. Preparing impressive research presentations
  4. Job presentation skills
  5. Next steps after the interview

 

Scientific Communication

Researchers of all levels learn how to communicate their research to a broad audience and the platforms they should be using.

  • 1-day workshop
  • For up to 250 researchers at all levels

Objective

It is becoming increasingly important for researchers to be able to clearly communicate their research to a broader audience, such as the public, the press, and funding organizations. However, communicating complex specialized findings in an understandable and general manner is challenging for many researchers. This 1-day workshop will give researchers the foundations necessary to communicate their studies, as well as platforms they should be using to do so.

Sample agenda

  1. The importance of communicating science to the public
  2. Platforms for communicating science to the public
  3. Effective writing strategies
  4. Communicating your research effectively to the public

 


 

Highly-interactive workshops for up to 50 participants

 

Peer Review

Postdoctoral researchers and junior faculty members learn how to effectively evaluate manuscripts and write high-quality and constructive reviewer reports.

  • 1-day workshop – highly interactive
  • For up to 30 postdocs and faculty

Objective

Peer review is an essential component in academic publishing. It not only helps determine what should be published but also helps improve what is published so the research is more useful for the field. However, many researchers do not receive training on how to be an effective peer reviewer. Therefore, younger post-docs and faculty may hesitate to accept a reviewer invitation because they do not have the confidence to do it well. For those that do accept, a poor reviewer report can reflect poorly on their reputation in the field. This peer reviewer academy aims to give researchers the skills and confidence to be effective reviewers. To increase interaction and stimulate discussion, this academy is limited to 30 participants.

Sample agenda

  1. Responsibilities and ethics
  2. Assessing the relevance of the manuscript
  3. Abstracts, Introduction and Methods
  4. Results and Discussions

 

Journal Editing

Senior researchers learn the necessary skills and practical tips to develop and manage a successful journal that has impact in the field.

  • 1- or 2-day workshop – highly interactive
  • For up to 30 current or aspiring journal editors

Objective

Establishing and managing your own journal is always an exciting adventure, with the goal to be a reputable source of high impact research for the field. However, if not properly managed, the journal can lead to frustrations and disappointments. While professors are excellent and well-trained researchers, not all have the necessary skills to be an effective journal editor. With proper training however, researchers will have the foundations to establish a journal that adds value to the field, and also helps drive the advancement of the field. These workshops are limited to 30 participants to provide more active discussion and interaction.

Sample agenda

A 1-day workshop includes your choice of 3 modules, while the 2-day workshop includes all 5 modules.

  1. Responsibilities and ethics
  2. Developing a journal that is useful for the field
  3. Establishing an efficient editorial workflow
  4. Positive author and peer reviewer experiences
  5. Improving your journal’s visibility

Additional one-on-one consultations available

In these additional consultations, we thoroughly review your journal, prepare an evaluation report, and help you to develop your editorial strategy.

 

Clinical Research Methodology

Clinical researchers learn how to write solid research protocols and avoid common problems in data collection and analysis.

  • 1-day workshop – highly interactive
  • For up to 50 clinical researchers

Objective

Understanding the elements of robust research methodology is essential to any researcher in order to avoid problems such as research waste, manuscript rejections and/or long peer-review process. This 1-day interactive workshop provides clinicians with tools and strategies to write solid research protocols and avoid common problems in data collection and analysis.

Sample agenda

  1. Planning a clinical study
  2. Appropriately sampling your participants
  3. Choosing the right study design
  4. Avoiding common biases
  5. Properly collecting and analyzing data

 

Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses

Clinical researchers learn how to to conduct a systematic review or a meta-analysis.

  • 1-day workshop – highly interactive
  • For up to 50 clinical researchers

Objective

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are crucial in synthesizing clinical research to determine the efficacy of an intervention. However, conducting high-quality systematic reviews and meta-analyses that have clinical impact on the field takes time and expertise. This 1-day interactive workshop explains how to conduct a systematic review or a meta-analysis and is developed for clinical researchers.

Sample agenda

  1. Types of reviews
  2. Searching and selecting studies
  3. Extracting data
  4. Presenting data
  5. Analyzing data

 

Bioethics

Clinical researchers learn how to ethically conduct research with human participants.

  • 1-day workshop – highly interactive
  • For up to 50 clinical researchers

Objective

Involving humans in experimental research is essential to advance science and drug discovery. As more and more clinical trials are conducted in developing countries, protecting the rights and welfare of vulnerable participants is essential but also necessary to avoid desktop rejection, retraction and poor reputation. This 1-day interactive workshop, developed for clinical researchers, explains how to ethically conduct research with human participants.

Sample agenda

  1. History of bioethics
  2. Research Ethics Committees (REC)
  3. Free informed consent
  4. Standards of care
  5. Post-trial provisions
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