Editing Medical Journals

Many editors edit a journal on a part-time basis, out of dedication to their discipline rather than as a career "“ and there is little support or training to help them. Responding to this need, the Editing Medical Journals course has been established as one of very few that provides an opportunity to review the overall editorial operation and discuss how to develop and grow a journal.

Participation allows editors to meet peers and discuss successful techniques for developing their journal "“ meeting the needs of authors, readers, their publishers and the public (industry, professions, research, etc.). 

Established for 12 years, the course runs annually, in the UK, and this year is scheduled to take place 19-21 November. There is also a course 29-30 January, which is for mixed disciplines, based on the success of the medical editors' course.

At the end of the two days, editors will have an action plan for their journal, to help them manage their workflows, develop the journal strengths and minimise its weaknesses.

In the words of a 2007 participant: "Excellent and interesting content "“ good written resources".

For more details, contact Pippa Smart, pippa.smart@gmail.com

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