How do I publish my opinion piece/quality improvement project/research findings?

If this is the question you’ve been asking yourself, then book onto the Writing Club session on 15th November 2018 with guest speaker Dr Jatinder Minhas.

Book via email, phone or KnowledgeShare (using your NHS OpenAthens password).

Writing Club poster Nov 2018


Article on preparing & delivering 10 minute presentations

Preparing and delivering a 10-minute presentation at a scientific meeting

Paediatric Respiratory Reviews 12 (2011) 148–149

This is the full text of a really handy , and very short, article, brought to our attention via the LIS-Medical mailing list. It gives an overview of what to include, how to get the best from PowerPoint, and crucially what not to do (like use Comic Sans or Clip-art).

Think Check Submit


Choosing the right journal to submit your work can be a minefield. Sharing your research results is essential to the progress of your clinical area, to evidence-based practice, and to your own career. With so many different publications on offer, and many approaching you directly to write and publish, how can you be sure you can trust a particular journal? We recommend that you follow the Think Check Submit checklist to make sure you choose well respected journals for your research.

Think Check Submit do not have a “white list” of journals that are trustworthy, as with such a large market, maintaining its currency would be a huge task. Instead, the site aims to help researchers and would-be authors to make informed decisions about submission of their work to a particular publication.

If you need more help in selecting the best journal to submit your paper to, please consult the staff at UHL Libraries & Information Services for advice.

And of course, make sure you follow the journal’s submission criteria and instructions to authors!

You can follow Think Check Submit on Twitter @thinkchecksub

Reporting guidelines in oncology

We have run Writing Club workshops about reporting guidelines, mostly about PRISMA.  A new paper (1) from members of the Equator Network outlines the reasons why reporting guidelines are needed and how they can help you report your research.   It discusses generic reporting guidelines but also oncology specific ones.

If you are writing up your research or study, and have not been able to make one of our workshops, have a look at the paper.   It is open access.

(1) MacCarthy A, Kirtley S, de Beyer JA, Altman DG, Simera I.  Reporting guidelines for oncology research: helping to maximise the impact of your research.  Br J Cancer. 2018;118:619–28.  Available from [Accessed 15th March 2018].

March Writing Club postponed

March’s meeting was scheduled for Thursday March 15th but due to low take up, we have postponed it until a future date.

Watch for details of that new date.

We are grateful to Rachael Dowling for being willing to speak at the Writing Club.   If you are in UHL and have research you want to talk to the media about, she would be pleased to hear from you.