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Getting Your Research Seen: Strategies and Tools for Successful Academic Publishing

Tuesday, July 18, 2023 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)


The aphorism “publish or perish'' is one that is well known to researchers, academics and students alike. Though this phrase tends to elicit a chuckle or eye roll, the world of academic publishing is both highly competitive and difficult. This workshop will focus on improving writing skills and submission strategies for academic publishing. A combination of lectures from current Managing Editor Lauren Swan-Potras, a Q&A or recorded discussion with Editor-in-Chief Scott Ratzan, and breakout sessions will provide hands-on experience both for those who are new to the peer review process and those in the process of submitting their research for publication. Attendees will be able to identify strengths and weaknesses of their writing samples, learn how to effectively communicate with journal editors, how to create a successful and engaging abstract and gain valuable insight into this commonly stressful process.

Learning Objectives

Attendees of this workshop will gain better knowledge into the research publication and peer review process. Lead by the Managing Editor of the Journal of Health Communication, attendees will learn:
  • The peer review process from the journal’s perspective
  • How to find the right journal for your research
  • How to draft an effective abstract/submission
    • Different parts of a submission
    • Video and traditional abstracts
  • How write/revise your manuscript
  • How to effectively communicate with Editors/Journal
  • Managing your relationship with Journals/Editorial Boards
  • Common challenges to the peer review process
  • Promoting their published research on social media
  • How the changing and expanding definition of “health communication” affects research and publishing
  • Additional tips and insight that could be helpful in their writing


  • Actively or recently submitting original research to any journal. Bringing in rejected submissions is encouraged.


Lauren Swan-Potras

Managing Editor
Journal of Health Communication