On the way home...
I managed to outline a chapter for my PhD
"I attended your workshop at the NIHR meeting today and I just wanted to thank you as I found it really engaging and useful. On the way home I managed to outline a chapter for my PhD (I'm drawing from social theory and have been finding writing the theory chapter a confusing and never ending task); I used the ideas you gave us to reign it in a bit and am feeling very enthused to get writing it now (which is a miracle all of its own!).
...course took some of the pain out
"Just wanted to say that I got a revise and resubmit in my favourite journal and really think your course helped me massively in getting that far! Same true for the things I've learned in abstract writing and grant writing, you really took some of the pain out of it."
... from a ruthless copyeditor
"My textbook is now in production and will be published next March. It would not have happened without your advice and encouragement. Your workshops have also turned me into a ruthless copyeditor and the book is much better for that. (My coauthor probably hasn't recovered yet, though...)
"Watch out for the new bestseller at the APS March Meeting: Atomistic Computer Simulations: A Practical Guide by Brazdova and Bowler!
Now I have great Fridays
A few weeks after attending...
"I'm not yet able to report a publication but just wanted to thank you for providing me with such useful skills on the Quality Papers course.
"On Friday mornings I generally timetable some time for reviewing literature for my Engineering Doctorate - not normally something that I look forward to, but for the last two Fridays I have found myself positively euphoric by lunchtime having completely read another paper, added it to my new mind map (FreeMind works perfectly for me) and then summarising the paper is a couple of paragraphs without rereading or editing.
"Not only am I reading papers more effectively but I also have a sense that I'm not losing any of the information and it will be much simpler to draw it all together when I write the literature review for my dissertation."
Editors come when invited to poster
UCL PhD student
"Last week I was in one of the biggest conferences in my field, where I was presenting a poster. To prepare for the conference, I followed all your advice.
"The one that really made an impact was your suggestion to personally invite participants to my poster. In particular, I met the editors of the journals I was interested in getting published in and then invited them to my poster. To my great surprise, all of them came and they gave me very useful feedback, which allowed me to understand in which of these I have the highest probability of getting published."
Rapid progress after course
Ian Mabbett - SPECIFIC Swansea
"Since attending the Quality Papers course at Swansea last week I have:
1) Researched the editor and format of a journal that I want to publish in (made an excel version of your worksheet)
"Not bad in less than a week when some of these paper plans have been stagnant for months as I'm too busy in my daily work! No other part of my job has been put on hold to achieve this."
Course leads to acceptance and blog
Anthony Wilson, College of Social Sciences and International Studies
"What a difference it makes. Thank you for the great advice, I'm still using it."
Quality Papers guides to publication in Science
"About one year ago, I took your course "ThinkWrite" at UCL. "It was a great help. In particular, you suggested to read the publication policy and a few past papers published in the journal.
"I followed that instructions. Before I joined the course, I wanted to publish a paper in Nature. But after reading recent papers following your instructions, I thought that it would be better to submit it to Science, due to recent publication record of that particular subject area. Also I follow your instructions about adjusting writing style of that paper, and also write to the editor (not write a general report).
"Indeed, that really worked well.... now a paper is accepted by Science.
"Your course was very constructive, easy to follow. It definitely increase the speed of writing, and improve the quality.
"I am glad that I took your course a year ago, and thank you for that course."
Published more efficiently after attending Quality Papers
Chris Sinclair, UCL post doc
"Attending a Think-Write Quality Papers course is well worth the time invested. The course equips participants with helpful strategies to structure ideas clearly and get your message across effectively. The Think-Write approach makes getting published a more efficient and less painful process. Pete Moore's impressive experience as a published writer and communicator, combined with his awareness of the needs of individuals, makes for engaging and imaginative sessions and helpful handouts.
"Since attending the course I have had papers written, revised and published more efficiently using Think-Write techniques."
First paper success enabled by Quality Papers
Rachel McCrea - UCL
"When I attended the Quality Papers course I was feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of writing my first journal article. I had work that I was eager to share with the academic community, but squeezing an 18,000 word report into a 4,000 word paper felt like a near impossible task, and I was also worried about trying to communicate some non-standard and quite technical statistical analysis to an audience of non-statisticians. The course gave me an enormous boost in developing my paper... It helped me to identify the key message that I wanted to convey, as well as to focus on the group of researchers that I wanted to be my target audience. I was then able to tailor the structure of the paper for the journal that seemed most appropriate for the work. Once I had a plan of the information that needed to go into each paragraph, the writing came much more easily.
"To my delight, the paper was accepted by my target journal. I am already using ideas from the course to plan my next paper. Thank you for such a useful and enjoyable course!"
Resubmission success after following QP principles
Maiko Yamaji - UCL
"I attended your "Think & Write Quality Papers" on March 5th, 2010 as I had been having a trouble publishing my paper. My conclusion was mainly based on histological data and therefore it was difficult to catch the reviewer's attention on the significance of the results. However, after attending your course, I realised that I hadn't been putting weight on where it should have been therefore I reviewed and re-wrote/re-phrased/re-structured my whole paper as I was taught (mainly in the style that the editors would be pleased with) and as a result, my paper got accepted straight away by the editor without addressing some of the "concerns" of one of the reviewers. I'm grateful that UCL provides such course. It was very helpful and contained lots of useful tips."
An attention grabbing poster
PhD student - UCL
"A couple of months ago I attended your Conference Abstracts and Posters course at UCL. I recently had to prepare a conference poster and found the advice and guidance invaluable. My team's poster really stood out at the conference and attracted the attention of the conference organiser, also a research council programme director, which was exactly what we wanted to achieve. It was much better than giving a paper - so many thanks for your useful tips."