Presenter: Myles Axton, PhD – Editor-in-Chief at Genetics & Genomics Next

Date: Monday, December 16, 2019

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Location: Abramson Research Center, Room 123ABC

This workshop will teach you the tools to understand the various perspectives of your audience (readers, peer referees, editors and funding committees), perfecting your cover letter and how to write an engaging and informative abstract.

Lecture Description: Your research experience leads you to emphasize how much work you have done. However, others only read and cite your work for main findings relevant to what they know, that solve a problem for them or give them something they can use. This means your title needs to state what you found, not what you did or planned to do. Your abstract gains maximum impact from the “funnel and trumpet (hourglass)” structure whereby the reader arrives at your main claim after descending through broad shared knowledge, key prior publications and the gap motivating the research. Methods and implications secure their trust, and finally they are inspired to read the full paper by the new concepts and future uses you offer. As with the abstract, there are more effective ways to structure the whole paper. I will also go through editorial decision making and the fundamentals of success at peer review.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand that readers, peer referees, editors and funding committees come to your research report from a different perspective from your own
  • What to put and what not to put in your cover letter
  • How to write an abstract that brings people in, makes them read your article, and offers them something they can use in their own research

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