How to get your paper accepted in a biomedical journal?


Communication skills

Target group

PhD students and beginning postdocs of gamma faculties taking their first steps in international academic publishing.


The aim of this workshop is to guide young researchers in the world of modern biomedical publishing through all stages of the publication process, allowing them to plan their writing and publication methods.

Dates and Venue

13 + 27 February + March 6 2018 (Tue) from 18h00 - 20h00 ( 3 x 2hrs)

  • Library clinical biology, building P8 (entrance 22, second floor),  Campus Heymans (UZ Gent)


Prof. Dr.Joris Delanghe, Department of Clinical biology, microbiology and immunology
Editor-in-chief Clinica Chimica Acta
Editor-in-chief Acta Clinica Belgica


  • Part 1: Writing a biomedical research paper - Tue 13 February 2018 from 18:00-20:00

Optimalisation of study design
Addressing research questions in an optimal way
Ethical issues in study design
Avoid two headed papers
Materials and methods: what choice
Which kind of statistics to use? Parametric vs. non-parametric statistics
Tips and tricks
How to organise the paper?
Power calculation
Choice of artwork (tables/figures)
Precision of reported data
Authorship criteria, order of authors
Ethical considerations:  copyright -plagiarism - slicing
Software used by scientific journals to detect plagiarism
Practical skill development : drafting a paper

  • Part 2: submitting the paper - Tue 27 February 2018 from 18:00-20:00

Choice of journal, preparing the manuscript
Open access or not?
Gold vs green open access
How to recognize predator journals
Publication in books, serials vs series
Conflict of interest
Copyright issues
What does an impact factor really mean?
The review process: what can I expect?
Criteria for acceptance:  novelty  - clarity - significance
How to choose reviewers

  • Part 3: revising a paper – the publication phase - Tue 6 March 2018 from 18:00-20:00

How to reply to the reviewers’ comments
What if the paper has been rejected?
Rebuttal: when is it useful?
What to do if your paper has been copied illegally?

Registration procedure

Registration link:

If the course is fully booked, you can ask to be added to the waiting list by sending an e-mail to . Please mention your student nr.

Registration fee

Free of charge for Doctoral School members.

Number of participants

Maximum 20



Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% active participation in 3 sessions