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Writing and reviewing medical papers

Learn how to get your papers published
This unit will teach you the principles of research integrity in writing for medical journals, typical issues you might face, and link to resources to help you maintain integrity through your publishing careers.

Course overview

This course will guide you to reliable evidence based resources to improve your conference abstract, presentation and poster design, and manuscript content and writing style.

You will learn about reporting guidelines, common pitfalls in writing and presenting research, choosing a journal, keywords, improving tables and figures for manuscripts through open source software, copyright, writing cover letters and response letters to reviewers.

You'll also learn about measuring research impact and ways to improve your research reach, dealing with the media and press releases, using social media in dissemination, digital archiving and basic skills needed to act as a quality peer-reviewer.

You'll work through nine online modules at your own pace:

  • research integrity
  • medical style
  • abstracts and posters for conferences
  • constructing a paper
  • data visualisation
  • submission
  • responding to reviewers’ comments
  • publication dissemination
  • reviewing a paper.

Please note:

This short course is a variant of the unit of study CEPI5215 Writing and Reviewing Medical Papers. It enables you to complete the unit without formal university enrolment. You will receive a certificate of completion. However, you will not receive credit points towards a University of Sydney degree. To receive credit points and an academic transcript, please see the Medicine Postgraduate Non Award.

Key information
Course fees
  • $3000 (incl. GST)

  • 10% discount for groups of three or more participants from the same institution or organisation.
Course structure

Individually work through 9 online modules at your own pace

Course Dates Semester 2 start date: 31st July 2023
Lead Unit Coordinator Christina Abdel Shaheed
Application deadline 23rd July 2023, 11:59pm

How to apply

Complete the online application form.

It will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

Note for groups: Please ensure that each member of the group fills out a separate copy of the application form. 


Payment type

How to pay

Credit Card

Link to payment portal provided upon submitting application form


Link to payment portal provided upon submitting application form

Journal transfer (University of Sydney staff)

Please arrange with your local Finance Officer

What happens next?

Once payment has been processed:

You will receive an email confirming receipt of payment

2-3 weeks from the beginning of classes:

You will receive a welcome email from the Sydney School of Public Health Education Support team, containing your e-learning login details and orientation materials.

2 weeks from the beginning of classes:

You will be able to access the e-learning Canvas site for the course. The Unit of Study Coordinator will provide you with a list of the readings.

After completing the course:

Please contact the Sydney School of Public Health Education Support team ( to receive a copy of your Completion Certificate. 

Contact us

  • Education Support Office, Level 3, Edward Ford Building (A27), The University of Sydney, NSW 2006 Australia