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Writing and reviewing medical papers

Learn how to get your papers published
This unit will teach you the principles of research integrity in writing for medical journals, typical issues you might face, and link to resources to help you maintain integrity through your publishing careers.

Course overview

This course will guide you to reliable evidence based resources to improve your  conference abstract, presentation and poster design, and manuscript content and writing style. You will learn about reporting guidelines, common pitfalls in writing and presenting research, choosing a journal, keywords, improving tables and figures for manuscripts through open source software, copyright, writing cover letters and response letters to reviewers. You'll also learn about measuring research impact and ways to improve your research reach, dealing with the media and press releases, using social media in dissemination, digital archiving and basic skills needed to act as a quality peer-reviewer.

You'll work through nine online modules at your own pace:

  • research integrity
  • medical style
  • abstracts and posters for conferences
  • constructing a paper
  • data visualisation
  • submission
  • responding to reviewers’ comments
  • publication dissemination
  • reviewing a paper.

Please note:

This short course is a variant of the unit of study CEPI5215 Writing and Reviewing Medical Papers. It enables you to complete the unit without formal university enrolment. You will receive a certificate of completion; however, you will not receive credit points towards a University of Sydney degree. To receive credit points and an academic transcript, please see the Medicine Postgraduate Non Award.

Key information
Course fees
  • $3, 000 (incl. GST)
  • 10% discount for groups of three or more participants from the same institution or organisation (see below)
Course structure
  • 14-week online course 
  • You will work through 9 self-paced modules each comprising: course notes, lecture, demonstrations, exercises, quizzes.
  • There are 2 assignments in which you can participate (weeks 5-8 and week 14). This is optional for short course participants.
Course dates
  • Semester 1: starts 25 February 2019
  • Semester 2: starts 5 August 2019
Application deadlines 
  • Semester 1: 18 February 2019
  • Semester 2: 25 July 2019
Assumed knowledge
Some basic knowledge of summary statistics is assumed.
Textbooks No mandatory textbook - readings are available online.

How to apply

Individuals: complete the online application. You will be able to enter payment details as part of this secure process.

Groups (three or more): complete the group application form (pdf, 57.7KB) and submit it to

Contact us

  • Room 301a, Level 3 Edward Ford Building (A27) Fisher Road The University of Sydney