The art of writing epidemiological studies and getting them published, 2 hp

Course number49
Max participants20
Application deadline2022-09-15
Course leaderSyed Moshfiqur Rahman
DepartmentDepartment of Women's and Children's Health
Visiting address
Post addressAkademiska sjukhuset, SE-751 85 Uppsala
Dates16-18 November
LocationB8:002, BMC
Course length3 days
Course report 
Course plan 



Aim: To train future researchers in writing scientific paper based on epidemiological studies, focusing on each and every step in the entire publication process and including a discussion of publication profile.

Entry requirements: Anyone interested in epidemiological studies and has started PhD or working as a research assistant with little to no prior experience of the challenges associated with scholarly writing for publication as well as those interested in improving the impact of their research publications.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will:
• Be able to identify the publications best suited for their epidemiological work
• Better understand how to write up their research with clarity
• Understand the purpose of each section in a research paper
• Understand how online platforms have changed the way research papers are disseminated
• Better understand how to write about methodology as well as about research findings
• Be able to make strategic choices about how, where and when to publish their research


• Exercises to help student to identify the most publishable elements of their research
• Abstract writing
• Advice on how to identify and profile the best publications/ journals for their work
• A section-by-section guide to what is expected in each part of a typical research article
• A guide to using EQUATOR guidance (for example, CONSORT and STROBE) in study design and manuscript preparation
• Presentation of Figure/ Table/ language style
• Ethics in publication
• A guide to how research writing is searched, accessed, retrieved, and read online
• A guide to using references


Lectures, interactive discussion seminars, reviewing and writing exercises.
This popular course takes participants, step-by-step, through the process of writing research articles based on epidemiological studies and getting them published in the best journals. The course provides and editor’s perspective and examines how students can improve their research writing to enhance the chances of publication, citation, and changing practice.
The course takes a practicality-oriented, skills-based approach dealing with the challenges facing new authors in a chronological fashion. Starting with the basics of working out what parts of their research might be the most publishable in article form, to identifying the best possible target publication/ journals, through to how to write with clarity for maximum impact across the academic community. Therefore, we encourage student to participate in the following individual preparation mandatory assignment before coming to the classroom session.
Student are required to visit EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency of Health Research) network website ( They have to read reporting guidelines relevant to their study type. However, all students need to read the guideline for observational studies (STROBE). Moreover, student have to prepare an Abstract based on their draft manuscript and upload on Studium at least a week before start date.


In order to meet the course requirements the student is expected to be present in all scheduled lectures, group discussions, and to actively participate in the group work for Abstract writing and the subsequent general discussions. Students are expected to complete mandatory reading and writing assignments. Unauthorized absence from any of the scheduled events will lead to failure to pass the course.


The reading materials will be evidence based documents and peer reviewed selected articles relevant to the course.

Teaching staff

Nick Brown (pediatrician and epidemiologist), Editor in Chief of Archives of Disease in Childhood (

Syed Moshfiqur Rahman, Associate Professor

More information

Agata Kostrzewa, course administrator,

Syed Moshfiqur Rahman, Course leader,

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