Science Publishing Masterclasses: Nurturing the next generation of authors, reviewers and editors

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EDP Sciences offers Science Publishing Masterclasses that harness expertise and specialist resources to help early career researchers and PhD students better understand scholarly publishing. Participants focus on writing and peer reviewing scientific articles as a way of developing and improving their technique.

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Understanding the process of peer review and getting research published is daunting for young scientists. Our workshop gives the participants the opportunity to submit their draft articles to get them reviewed by their peers, using the collective intelligence of the group to help participants improve articles in preparation, and build up their writing skills.

Anne Ruimy, Senior Publisher, EDP Sciences


  • Interactive, practical, hands-on training including role-play, quizzes and exercises
  • Tailored to specific needs and research areas
  • Delivered on-site by professional publishers with journal editors
  • Delivered in English or French, lecture-style or in small groups
  • From a 1-hour focused session to a 2-day extended workshop


In detail

A two-day workshop typically includes:

  • Writing and structuring articles
    including titles, abstracts, and figures
  • Peer-review
    reviewing articles of your peers using the customized submission system NESTOR for Masterclasses, and receiving constructive, confidential feedback on your own article
  • Input from scientific editors
    what they look for in papers, why papers are rejected
  • An overview of scholarly publishing
    including publishing strategies and processes, open science, and ethics
  • Marketing and promoting published articles
    including practical tips and resources

Previous masterclasses

The first Scientific Writing Masterclass was organised in partnership with the Learning Center of Paris-Saclay University and took place in February 2019.

This workshop gave me a full view of the world of scientific publishing and it opened my eyes on many things to take into consideration for my future writings.


Online Science Publishing Masterclasses for researchers and students in China, September-December 2022

Online Science Publishing Masterclasses for researchers and students in China, September-December 2022.
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Science Publishing Masterclass Biomedical sciences, Université Paris Saclay, Faculty of medicine in Kremlin-Bicêtre, 26-27 September 2022

Science Publishing Masterclass “Biomedical sciences”, Université Paris Saclay, Faculty of medicine in Kremlin-Bicêtre, 26-27 September 2022
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Science writing masterclass at EPS Forum 2022, Sorbonne University, 2-4 June 2022

Science writing masterclass at EPS Forum 2022, Sorbonne University, 2-4 June 2022.

Maths Science Publishing Masterclass Paris Saclay October 2021

Maths Science Publishing Masterclass in partnership with the Université Paris-Saclay, 12-13 October 2021.
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Durham University masterclass

Online scientific writing masterclass for the i-CONN Innovative Training Network on connectivity science, in partnership with Durham University (15 to 17 March 2021).
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Engineering and Materials Science masterclass

Engineering and Materials Science: Online scientific writing masterclass in December 2020.
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First online masterclass

First online Masterclass with a focus on chemistry (12-13 October 2020) involving students from Paris-Saclay University, France.
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Writing masterclass on environmental science

Masterclass at Paris-Saclay University, France, with a focus on environmental sciences (12-13 November 2019).


25ème Congrès Général de la Société Française de Physique, Nantes, France (8-12 July 2019)

EPS Young Minds Leadership

8th EPS Young Minds Leadership Meeting at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen Germany (24-25 May 2019).
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First writing masterclass

Read about the first masterclass at Paris-Saclay University, France, with a focus on physics (12-13 February 2019).

Related events

Photomontage scientific writing school for young astronomers

Astronomy & Astrophysics in partnership with EDP Sciences was pleased to present the 5th Scientific Writing School for Young Astronomers (SWYA5), Kunming, China (6-10 January 2020). Read more.


Emergent Scientist

Emergent Scientist is an open access international scientific journal dedicated to a student authorship and readership, and to a lesser extent to teachers and researchers. Emergent Scientist is intended to provide students with accessible scientific material and to offer them a first publishing experience. Scientific Editors of Emergent Scientist are on hand to co-facilitate masterclasses, using the Emergent Scientist submission system and published material.

Video interviews

To support the masterclasses, EDP Sciences is producing a series of video interviews with scientific Editors. In these interviews, Editors give their advice to early career researchers, discuss the editorial process at their journal, and share common reasons for acceptance or rejection of articles.

Interview with Univ.-Prof. Dr. techn. Dr. h.c. Manfred Kaltenbacher, Editor-in-Chief, and Prof. Jean Kergomard, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal Acta Acustica.

Interview with Jean Lilensten, Editor-in-Chief of the open access Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate.

Interview with Jean-Lou Justine, Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal, Parasite.

Related resources

Astronomy & Astrophysics 50th Anniversary Documentary Film

“Publishing Science” Facebook page

Eric Lichtfouse, Editor of EDP Sciences’ Web of Conferences, created a Facebook page dedicated to scientific writing, “Publishing Science”.


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