Nature Masterclasses WorkshopsCÚRAM Researchers gained an insight into publishing with Nature at the Nature Masterclasses workshops which took place on 2nd February 2017    ‌

We were delighted to welcome 2 highly-esteemed editors to CÚRAM at the beginning of the February. Pep Pamies, Chief Editor of the newly-launched Nature Biomedical Engineering and Alison Stoddart, Chief Editor of Nature Reviews Materials spent the day at CÚRAM training our Principal Investigators as well as our junior researchers. Pep Pamies was an editor for Nature Materials for more than 5 years before moving to Nature Biomedical Engineering. Here he championed the biomaterials content, handling manuscripts and commissioning articles in a wide variety of subjects, including tissue engineering, medical imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer therapy and diagnostics.

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After an industrial position at Cambridge BioTechnology, Alison Stoddart gained three years' editorial experience with the research journal Chemical Communications. In 2007, she joined the Nature Materials team as an Associate Editor and then Senior Editor, where she handled manuscripts in the subject areas of materials chemistry and biomaterials. She is the launch editor of Nature Reviews Materials.

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The morning session was attended by over 80 post-graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. Topics covered in this 3 hour workshop included tips on figure preparation and figure legend composition, writing tips including: “Be accurate, be clear and be brief” as well as how to structure your introduction, results, discussion/conclusion and what makes a good title.

There was a high level of interest from the audience and animated discussions throughout. The afternoon session was tailored towards Principal Investigators and senior researchers. This session covered topics such as what Nature editors look for in a manuscript, tips on cover letter writing, disclosing conflicts of interest, the editorial process and peer review. The session ended with a “live-edit” of a selection of Abstracts submitted by the participants. Overall we received very positive feedback from the participants and will be running the session again next Spring.