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Introduction to scientific publishing & How to read a paper


This joint workshop deals with two key competencies for early stage researchers: understanding the publishing system, and digesting the scientific literature.




Beginners. 1st & 2nd year PhD students.


This interactive workshop will provide new researchers with a solid grounding in how the scientific publishing system works, and will explore the challenges that publishing scientists face, such as peer review and impact metrics. It will then introduce participants to some essential concepts and practical tools for gathering, managing, and extracting evidence from the scientific literature.

You will learn about:

  • The publishing process, authorship, and conflicts of interest
  • The publishing landscape, open access, and impact metrics
  • The peer-review system
  • Searching for and managing your literature
  • Sections of a paper - finding key information
  • How to read a paper – extracting key information

Study commitment

Participants need to reserve time for individual preparatory work before the workshop, and between each session.

Other relevant information

Please note that you'll need to bring a laptop for this workshop.

For any issue regarding attendance before or during the course, please note that you should contact the Intervals team directly by sending an email to


Comments from participants

Finished editions
  • 2022 Edition 1, Trimester 2: May, IN-PERSON : 03/05/2022
  • 2021 Edition 1, Trimester 3: ONLINE : 02/12/2021


Gavin Lucas & Lisa Saemisch
Gavin Lucas & Lisa Saemisch

Gavin Lucas is a biomedical scientist with more than 13 years of experience in research and scientific publishing, and 10 years of experience as an author’s editor, consultant and trainer.

Lisa Saemisch is a physicist with a PhD in Photonics and more than 8 years of experience as a publishing researcher. She has also extensive experience as project manager and trainer.