Online Program

Why write for publication and preparation needed for beginning

Saturday, October 31, 2015 : 9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Michael D. Kogan, PhD, Office of Epidemiology and Research, HRSA / Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Rockville, MD

The overall purpose of this Institute is to help public health practitioners turn their work into manuscripts for publication. The course will cover the following sections: why write for publication; what an editor looks for; how to write each section of a manuscript; and tips for submitting to journals. There will be two main presenters: one presenter is the editor-in-chief at the Maternal and Child Health Journal (MCHJ) while the other presenter has served on the AJPH and MCHJ editorial boards, and has edited special issues of Pediatrics and the MCHJ. Both presenters have published at least 100 articles. They will be assisted by a number of other experienced authors or editors who will work with the class on partially-completed manuscripts that they will be asked to bring to class. We will begin with a short presentation on why write for publication, then cover what an editor looks for. We will go over each section of a scientific paper in detail, and then there will be time set aside for the class to work on the section just discussed. During those time periods, each student will receive individual guidance from the trainers as well as prominent authors or editors. We will close with a presentation on tips for how to submit to a journal. Specifically, in this part of the course, we will discuss the importance of writing for publication, including increasing the evidence base, and developing more efficient programs.


Learning Areas:

Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
List the reasons why it is beneficial to write for publication. Identify websites that can be used for following journal guidelines

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: N/A

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: : I have taught this course successfully at various venues, including APHA. I have over 120 peer-reviewed publications. I served on the editorial boards of AJPH and the Maternal and Child Health Journal (MCHJ). I have served as a special editor for Pediatrics and the MCHJ. I am currently the Director of Epidemiology and Research at the US Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.