Scientific Writing & Publishing, Ghent

Scientific Writing & Publishing, Ghent


Ghent, Bio-Accelerator

Start date:

05 September 2019


5 September & 3 October 2019

General context

This two-day training wants to help researchers navigate their way through the publication process.


To learn how to produce clear, well written and well-structured research papers; to gain insights into how to get a paper published in a journal; to make a start on an abstract for your own paper.


This 2-day workshop is a combination of presentations, discussions and exercises. Between day 1 and day 2 of the workshop you will be writing an abstract for your next paper, and during day 1 you will be making a start on this, so please think about what results your paper will report and what conclusions you will draw from them (the results can be preliminary or made up if you do not yet have enough data to draw strong conclusions). Please bring an internet-connected device, ideally a laptop but a tablet or phone will do.

Event intended for

PhD students and postdocs at VIB who are interested in developing strong scientific writing skills, to improve their chance of publishing in high-impact factor journals.

Extra information
  • Registration is only open for VIB participants and is free.
  •  Note that upon no show without valid justification a fee of € 100 will be charged and you will be blacklisted for the VIB training program for 1 year. Click here for more information.
  • This course is also organized in Leuven: Click here for more information


Anna Sharman, Cofactor

Anna Sharman has a degree in natural sciences and a PhD in vertebrate evolution. After more than 15 years working as a journal editor and publisher consultant, she decided to change her focus and launched Cofactor.  Cofactor has as mission to help researchers to publish their results effectively, by offering training in paper writing, help in editing and a journal selector tool. The workshops have taken place in more than 20 universities and institutes in the UK, Europe and further afield.



A chance to consider why you might want to publish in peer reviewed journals. (Presentation, discussion in pairs and the whole group.)

Writing style

Guidance on the writing style needed for research papers. (Presentation, discussion, exercise rewriting sample sentences.)

The writing process

Overview of the process of writing, including techniques for getting motivated, getting into the habit of writing and getting feedback. (Presentation and discussion.)

The structure of the paper

The usual structure of research papers and common variations. (Presentation, discussion, exercise analysing a paper.)

Title and abstract

Guidance on writing titles and abstracts and avoiding common errors, and a chance to write your own abstract and get feedback on it. (Presentation, analysis exercise, writing exercise, one-to-one coaching.)

Choosing a journal

The criteria to think about when choosing a journal, such as scope, audience, speed of review and publication, open access options, impact metrics, charges. (Presentation, discussion and exercise investigating websites of journals you might submit to.)

The peer review process: before, during and after

Presentation with questions on negotiating the peer review process, responding to decisions including rejection, and what to do when your paper is accepted and published, particularly publicising it.

Publicising your paper

Why publicising is necessary and the different ways to do it, including social media. (Presentation and discussion.)

Practical info

Location & Venue
Bio-Accelerator Meeting Center Ghent

Technologiepark 21
9052 Zwijnaarde

Public transport
Bio-Accelerator Meeting Center Ghent
Public transport


At Gent St Pieters station you can take the following city buses: Buses 70, 71 and 72 ("Tramstraat"). You get off at the stop marked "Bollebergen" (on the Grote Steenweg Noord). The Technology Park is straight in front of you on the other side of the soft verge.

There is also a shuttle bus from Gent-Sint-Pieters, more information can be found here.


Route description
Bio-Accelerator Meeting Center Ghent

Route description

There is free parking available in front of the building.

Venue contact
Bio-Accelerator Meeting Center Ghent
Location contact

+32 9 328 19 02