Patients in Publications

Patient advocates need to publish their own research and survey data, and are invited to be co-authors or peer-reviewers. This open-access course trains patient advocates on how to engage in publications: Developed by

About the Course 

Who is it for?

For patient advocates who plan to publish their own research, or who have been invited to be co-authors or peer-reviewers of journal articles.

What does it cover?

This course will help you to assess, plan, and publish research in a peer-reviewed journal. You will explore case studies and learn tips from experts.

Key learning outcomes

  • Assessing the likelihood of publishing research
  • Understanding key stages in the publication process
  • Identifying guidelines on good publication practices
  • Planning a publication, estimating the time required
  • Selecting a suitable journal
  • Authoring a publication, working with publishing professionals
  • Understanding the peer-review process
  • Reviewing and submitting a publication
  • Raising awareness about a publication

Module 1: Introduction

  1. Assess the likelihood of publishing your research
  2. Describe the key stages in the publication process
  3. Identify the major guidelines that provide information on ethical publication practices
  4. Describe the main responsibilities of being an author

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Module 2: Publication Planning

  1. Explain what a Publication Steering Committee is
  2. Recognize the value of preparing a publication plan
  3. Estimate the time required to prepare a publication plan
  4. Recall the main factors that should be considered when selecting a journal or a conference

Module 3: Publication

  1. Identify the major guidelines that provide information on what should be reported in a publication
  2. Describe the type of content that should be included in each section of a publication
  3. Follow a logical sequence of steps to write a publication
  4. Explain the difference between professional medical writing support and ghostwriting

Module 4: Submission, Peer Review, & Beyond

  1. Use a quick and free online artificial intelligence tool to help ‘check’ your publication
  2. Prepare a suitable cover letter
  3. Explain how to prepare a document to respond to peer-reviewers’ comments
  4. Propose practical ways to raise awareness of your published research (e.g. plain language summaries of publications)
This course was developed by WECAN and Envision The Patient and is provided under the Creative Commons License (CC BY 4.0). Read the course Disclaimer.
Funding for the course was administered by EUPATI Germany. The funders had no role in course development. Funding was obtained from industry and non-industry funders: