In 2006, Elsevier embarked on a series of Author and Reviewer Workshops under the name 'Publishing Connect'. Aimed at early career researchers – PhD students, postdoctoral students and junior faculty – these events are now held at universities and institutes around the world.
The importance of training potential authors and reviewers on specific aspects of the publishing cycle has become increasingly important as the number of manuscript submissions from non-native English speaking countries continues to rise. In addition, we know authors are keen to discover how to get published as quickly as possible or how to perform a good review.
In 2011, more than 220 global Publishing Connect workshops were held engaging with more than 15,000 early career researchers. Some of the highest attendance figures came from countries like China, India and Brazil. The feedback from both the participants and the institutes involved in all these events was very positive. Not only did the workshop participants receive 'golden tips and tricks' to publishing at an early stage in their career, the institutes had the satisfaction of knowing they had helped to nurture their own researchers to be the best authors and reviewers in their disciplines.
Within Elsevier, the Academic Relations team is responsible for facilitating Publishing Connect, and at the beginning of 2012, we began translating the workshop content into free-to-view, bite-sized training webcasts. Lasting up to 10 minutes each, these give authors quick hands-on tips and tricks on a number of different topics. Since the series was launched, it has received more than 250,000 views - the author and reviewer training webcast library can be found at www.elsevier.com/trainingwebcasts. Clearly this is a resource that early career researchers are keen to tap into and we are proud to offer free and valuable training across the globe.
Current webcast topics cover:
- the "How to Get Published " series
- the "How to Review a Manuscript " series
- the "Introduction to Scholarly Publishing " series
- the Impact Factor and Other Bibliometric Indicators
For more information and to access the free training webcasts please visit www.elsevier.com/trainingwebcasts
For more information about publishing early on in your career please view our resources on www.elsevier.com/earlycareer
Currently Associate Director for Academic Relations, Hannah Foreman joined Elsevier in 2007 as Marketing Communications Manager for journals in Physics and Astronomy. With more than 10 years' experience in communications and relations roles, she now leads the Academic Relations team in Amsterdam. This team focuses on delivering information innovatively to journal editors, authors and reviewers, together with ensuring that Elsevier maintains its close partnerships with these vital communities. Hannah has a professional and academic background in European business and speaks four languages.