Posts Tagged ‘writing’

Elsevier provides free online training platform for researchers

30th March 2016

Publishing Campus is a new platform with free online lectures, interactive training courses and expert advice.

Where should you go to get advice on applying for grants, planning your career or improving your publishing skills?

Elsevier launched the Elsevier Publishing Campus in 2015 to provide researchers all over the world with free access to valuable training. Divided into six colleges, the Campus offers online lectures, interactive training materials, videos and expert advice on a wide range of topics. For every online lecture or interactive course completed, researchers are awarded an Elsevier certificate.

The College of Skills Training – the biggest and most widely used of the colleges – covers the whole academic publishing process. This college provides in-depth information and training on how to write, structure and submit a great article and improve your chances of getting published. Key subjects such as ethics, author rights and open access options are included. Advice on successful grant writing can be looked up in the research funding section. The peer-review process, essential to improve the quality of articles, is also explained in detail – training not only includes how authors can work with reviewers’ comments, but courses on how to become good peer reviewers themselves.

Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 8.09.31 AMEspecially interesting for the Research4Life partnership might be the Getting noticed resources as to have their article stand out is the goal of every author. Several courses, guides and videos describe how you can increase awareness of your article or book.

Researchers can also visit the College of Research Solutions for a list of tools available to support their research, or the College of Networking for starting points on how to build their networks and take the next step in a successful publishing career, with advice on online and face-to-face networking, and tips on how to get noticed.

All the resources you need to support you through the publishing process are available on the Elsevier Publishing Campus after signing up for free on the website.

Research4Life also offers general training material about the Partnership, Reference Management Tools, Authorship Skills and Program Specific Training on HINARI, AGORA, OARE and ARDI.

About the author

Maike Kunz

Maike Kunz is a Corporate Responsibility intern for the Elsevier Foundation. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology at Mannheim University and is currently finishing her master’s degree in Sociology at Heidelberg University in Germany.

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The Mendeley Advisor Program

12th December 2014

In previous posts we have talked about Mendeley, one of the many Research4Life partners. Mendeley is a program to manage and share research papers, and a platform to collaborate and discuss with the research community from all over the world. You can join Mendeley for free and be part of over 160,000 users in Research4Life countries.

If you are already using Mendeley in your institution we would like to invite you to become a Mendeley Advisor. Advisors serve as official Mendeley representatives helping to understand the needs of users, labs or departments.

Here are some of the benefits of joining the Mendeley Advisor program:

Personal benefits:

  • Opportunity to make an impact in researchers lives
  • The program and all involvement is voluntary
  • Member of an exclusive program
  • Connect with other passionate Advisors globally
  • Personal interaction with Community & Product team(s)
  • Access to monthly Advisor Newsletter
  • Mendeley merchandise (T-shirts, pens, stickers, etc.)

Product benefits:

  • Free Mendeley Premium account
  • Access to new features before they’re public
  • Participate in beta testing of new features
  • Invitation to Mendeley Advisor Group (members only)
  • Advisor badge on Mendeley profile

Professional benefits:

  • Recognized credential on email signatures and CVs
  • Invitation(s) to attend and host events

For more information and training check our Reference Management section and the Mendeley/Research4Life group. You can also contact the Community team regarding the Advisor Program at

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Tips for writing a research paper

16th October 2014

Writing a research paper?

Reporting new results in a scientific journal is a process common to all researchers. However, many scientific papers fail to effectively communicate research work to their audience. Focusing on the authors instead of on the readers, including unnecessary details or using complicated jargon are some of the things you should avoid. Effective scientific papers are interesting and useful to a broad audience including non-experts in the field. The following infographic presents some useful tips that will help you get the most out or your writing process.

For more information on reading and writing research papers check our Authorship Skills modules in our Training Section.

writing a research paper


– Writing in the Sciences: An online course by Coursera that teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. Topics include: principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, and issues in publication and peer review.

– Writing Scientific Research Articles: This book shows scientists how to apply their analysis and synthesis skills to overcoming the challenge of how to write, as well as what to write, to maximise their chances of publishing in international scientific journals.

About the author

Natalia Rodriguez

Natalia Rodriguez

Natalia Rodriguez is the Communications Coordinator for Research4Life. She works with different organisations finding innovative ways to communicate science and development.


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